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Thomas Paine: Liberty Tree

In a chariot of light from the regions of day,
The Goddess of Liberty came;
Ten thousand celestials directed the way,
And thither conducted the dame,
This fair budding branch, from the garden above,
Where millions with millions agree;
She bro't in her hand, as a pledge of her love,
The plant she call'd Liberty Tree.

This celestial exotic struck deep in the ground,
Like a native it flourish'd and bore;
The fame of its fruit, drew the nations around,
To seek out its peaceable shore.
Unmindful of names or distinction they came,
For freemen like brothers agree:
With one sprit endow'd, they one friendship pursued,
And their temple was Liberty Tree.

Beneath this fair branch, like the patriarchs of old,
Their bread, in contentment they eat;
Unwearied with trouble, of silver or gold,
Or the cares of the grand and the great.
With timber and tar, they old England supplied,
Supported her power on the seas;
Her battles they fought, without having a groat,
For the honor of Liberty Tree.

But hear, O ye swains, ('tis a tale the most profane)
How all they tyrannical powers,
King, Commons, and Lords are uniting amain,
To cut down this guardian of ours;
From the east to the west, blow the trumpet to arms,
Thro' the land let the sound of it flee,
Let the far and the near, -all unite with a cheer,
In defense of our Liberty Tree.

Thomas Paine

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Ron Paul 21st Century Thomas Paine

From Crisis #1:
THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER," and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God. (Britain = USA today) Get to know the Crisis Papers.

Letter to the Citizens of the US #5:
As this system is the only form and principle of government by which liberty can be preserved, and the only one that can embrace all the varieties of a great extent of country, it necessarily follows that to have the representation real, the election must be real; and that where the election is a fiction, the representation is a fiction also. Like will always produce like.

From Common Sense:
Of more worth is one honest man to society, and in the light of God than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.

Anthony Emmons: The Crisis papers are applicable to each generation. This gentleman fought the Revolution w/ a pen, even though he was an enlisted man in the army, his main weapon was the ability to inspire a generation during some of the lowest points of the Revolution.
Just like Dr. Paul today

Respectfully yours,

Free-Idaho - Lets Keep it That Way

Voluntary Association+Mutual cooperation+110% Personal Responsibility = 100% Individual Liberty

The “ONLY” legitimate justification for the USE of FORCE is the PROTECTION of LIFE, LIBERTY and PROPERTY.

The use of Force or Fraud, in any of its forms, to achieve Social, Political, Economic, Cultural, Religious, Personal or any other reason should be a Capitol Offense.

The Philosophy of Liberty http://www.thephilosophyofliberty.com/

Voluntary Association + Mutual Cooperation + 110% Personal Responsibility = 100% Individual Liberty

Thank you

What a beautiful educational comment!

I must admit I learned English language by reading Thomas Paine's Age Of Reason book.
Polish Canadian here.
Freedom fighter Cazimir Pulaski reborn - they can kill me a thousand times and I will always come back to fight another day.

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sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15


Beautiful and fitting. Thank you

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
~ Mark Twain

And Thank you

...some people sit in jail trapped bird's wings are tied...

We are free and we continue the blessed work.

For Liberty!

Thank you for your comment.
Good deed.

NOW we have a job to do.
Get millions of Americans to read this poem...and take it to heart.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15