LIBERTY LOVERS’ OATH (Bill of Rights paraphrased)
by Roberta N. Tuthill
We, as true Liberty Lovers, for freedom of speech firmly stand.
No dictates on how we may worship, intrusions on faith issues banned,
With freedom for all information confirmed to be valued and true.
Petitions for redress of grievance, and peaceful assemblies not few.
Our guns are held for protection from all that may threaten to harm.
Each State free to form a militia and guard against any alarm.
No soldiers to be lodged among us, encroaching our lives without leave.
No seizure nor search without warrant; till probable cause, we’ve reprieve.
The firm right to face our accusers, and mount adequate self-defense;
To be tried by a jury of equals, on the basis of true common sense.
Secure in our lives and possessions; requiring due process of law.
Our God-ordained rights are protected; His justice is pure, without flaw.
No exorbitant fees to be levied, nor cruel punishments be applied.
Rights not here explicitly stated cannot be assumed as denied.
All powers not here designated, nor prohibited here to the States,
Are reserved to the States and the people. Free under God, no debates!
© 2/24-6/15/2010, Roberta N. Tuthill (1923- ) Descendant of Am. Rev. Patriots John and Phoebe (Corwin) Tuthill.
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