Olive Branch Petition Yesteryear and Today
The colonists endured hardships at the hands of the British Empire. Before the Revolutionary War, the oppression was pale compared to the overarching administrative state of today.
This [the U.S. Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism... when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.
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In 1754, in his Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin made the first version of what would become an initial Colonial flag. The drawing showed a rattlesnake cut into segments, each labeled as one of the American colonies over the words “JOIN, or DIE.” The year 1754 began the struggle to unite the Colonies to fight off a foreign adversary, the French. Later, the United States allied with the French to repel the British.
The Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) was a global conflict between Great Britain and France for global pre-eminence. In North America, hostilities began in 1754 with the French and Indian War. In 1763, Great Britain secured the land from the French. But, the expensive conflict led to new and unpopular British taxes. Actions included the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshend Acts of 1767, and the Tea Act of 1773. The result was a heated protest among many colonists. They resented their lack of representation in Parliament and demanded the same rights as other British subjects.
Colonial resistance led to violence on March 5, 1770. British soldiers opened fire on a group of colonists, killing five men during the Boston Massacre. On December 16, 1773, a band of Bostonians altered their appearance to hide their identity and boarded British ships. They dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party. An outraged Parliament passed a series of measures known as the Intolerable or Coercive Acts. Later, King George III could not have foreseen that ignoring the Colonists’ Olive Branch Petition (1775) would cost him the land in America.
Lexington & Concord in Massachusetts saw the first shots of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. The news of the bloodshed spread along the eastern seaboard. Thousands of volunteers (Minute Men) converged on Cambridge, Massachusetts. That was the beginning of the Continental Army.
On June 17, 1775, inexperienced colonial soldiers held off hardened British veterans for more than two hours at Breed’s Hill. It was the first significant war action. It forced the Minute Men to abandon their position, including the high ground of Bunker Hill. Overlooking Boston, the brave patriots proved they were not intimidated by the long lines of red-coated foot soldiers. Of the 2,200 British facing action, more than 1,000 ended up dead or wounded.
In July 1775, the Second Continental Congress sent the Olive Branch Petition to King George III. With high hopes, the Colonies opined the King would favor them, understand their pleas and problems, and step in to address them. Even so, the Colonies prepared for War after facing Lexington & Concord and the Bunker Hill battles. With some of the colonists loyal to the King, Congress thought it best to petition the King in the hope that there could still be peace. When delivered, King George did not even read the Olive Branch Petition. When the colonists discovered the King’s reaction, it enraged them. That was one of the significant events that inflamed the American Revolution.
Crafting the Olive Branch Petition
The First Continental Congress (1774) sent the King an initial Olive Branch Petition. Shortly after Lexington & Concord and Bunker Hill battles, Second Continental Congress (1775-1781) acted. It sent the King an Olive Branch Petition or Second Petition. Drafters included Benjamin Franklin (principle writer), Thomas Jefferson, John Rutledge, John Jay, and William Livingston. Congress rejected the draft on June 24, 1775, sending it back to the writers. Thomas Jefferson rewrote the document in simpler words. John Dickinson realized the harsh wording would only anger the King and adjusted Thomas Jefferson’s draft.
Adopted on July 5, 1775, the Olive Branch Petition often states that the colonists were loyal to the King. They guaranteed they were not seeking independence. They wanted the King to address their grievances. On July 8, they sent the Petition to England. The couriers included Richard Penn Jr., grandson of William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania), and Arthur Lee.1 Later, Jefferson, Franklin, and others wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Penn (staunch Loyalist) and Lee reached London on August 14, 1775, and the King refused to receive it. He wrote two days later that the colonies were going into full-scale rebellion. King George called for Parliament to come to his aid in settling the American revolution. In London, Penn testified before Parliament and expressed the rationality of the colonist’s actions. On November 9, Congress learned that George III refused to see Penn or receive the petition.
Counter to the Olive Branch Petition, John Adams wrote a letter to General James Warren. He detailed the need for readiness for independence and mentioned the stockpiling of arms. The British intercepted and published Adam’s letter. That only solidified the King’s anxieties that the colonies were in rebellion.
On October 26, 1775, King George III expanded on the Proclamation of Rebellion in his speech from the Throne at the opening of Parliament. The King insisted that rebellious Colonists instigated a “desperate conspiracy.” He claimed the leader’s claim of allegiance to him was not genuine. King George indicated that he intended to deal with the crisis with armed force. In early December, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, read the King’s October 26, 1775, proclamation.2
After the reading, Benjamin Frankin likely said, “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”3 Franklin et al. were unaware of the November 7 House of Commons Olive Branch Petition consideration. Commons motioned to consider the petition as the basis for an effort at reconciliation. Members defeated it by a vote of 83-33.
The King’s response was a hard blow to those who wanted to stay in peace with Britain. With this reality, most colonists felt reconciliation would be impossible. The following spring, Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense. That treatise expressed the colonists’ right to fight against the King’s authoritarian ways. It poured fuel on an already raging fire.
Despite the King’s refusal to receive the Olive Branch Petition, Congress sent one more letter to the King. On December 4, 1775, Congress approved a response to the King’s proclamation. They reasserted their loyalty to the King and their wish to avoid War. It avered belief that the King’s ministers and not the King himself were violating their rights. They published this letter and sent it to their agents in Great Britain, but it accomplished nothing. Instead, the King and Parliament cited the colonists with another act. On December 23, 1775, the British closed all commerce to the colonies starting on March 1, 1776. The Declaration of Independence followed that summer.
Back to the Future
The colonists endured hardships at the hands of the British Empire. Before the Revolutionary War, the oppression was pale compared to the overarching administrative state of today. We have a federal government that ignores the tenants of the Constitution. Most states follow right along with the bullying. Behold, it is past time for a new list of grievances.
Proclamation of Grievances 2022
Nineteen thirteen (1913) is critical with the wholesale usurpation of our rights as citizens. The Federal Reserve and Income Tax are the trigger events of that year, and we suffer from a long train of abuses, 109 years and counting. As money instruments, these programs rob people of their incentive to produce for the good of society. Fiat money is the root of evil. Today, we live under an overarching federal administrative state. It robs the people of dignity by creating debt at an alarming rate. The debt ceiling now stands at 30 trillion resulting in money with no intrinsic value. It is growing at an exponential rate. That is the cause of inflation.
The fiduciary issue is the tip of the iceberg. All the “wars” since World War II are unconstitutional. Few of these “police actions,” overt activities, and covert meddling had positive results. The disastrous end to the Afghanistan war is one of many bad outcomes. The bad outcomes are due to these extra-constitutional activities, supported by Democrats and Republicans. Congress gives money (debt) to entangling alliances worldwide.
Meanwhile, the Government ignores pressing issues in our backyard. It is an open secret that our rogue agencies have engaged in many regime change ops to promote dumbocracy. The actual game leaves crumbs from many a USA-sponsored rogue coup d'état or color revolution (e.g., Ukraine 2014). As a result of this bloody money meddling program, much of the world despises the United States. We are a proxy for the evil Global Elite.
While hiding in plain sight, we know about incomprehensible billions of new debt created to fund a proxy war in Ukraine. Because of our other ceaseless and senseless “police actions,” the unrelenting debasing of our currency is a bad outcome we all face.
The mounting green regulations and “environmental” executive orders cancel energy independence. The cult-like environmentalism of the Democratic Party will cause our energy systems to crash. The money created to fund the “Green New Deal” is beyond comprehension. The money spigot flows to curtail CO2, a necessary gas that feeds green vegetation. It is nonsense and akin to global suicide.
In concert with big Government, big businesses reap the reward for suckling the Treasury hog teat. Being a woke business pays these days. Goose stepping with the green monster, the Reincarnated Illuminati now have their Malthusian democide game to play. We get government-funded baby ripping “care,” mRNA immunity wrecking therapies, and sexual confusion. Thus, the Malthusians can implement Logan’s Run. It contains a familiar thread of population reduction. That provides the Reincarnated Ones and their Ignorati, a Mother Gaia green mental “high.” The reality is Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
We have a nonexistent southern border where millions enter the country. Alongside potential terrorists, lethal drugs flow across the border. Crime is up at historical levels only “because of guns.” Free speech only applies to woke folk. We are being lied to in Biblical proportions. Guilty parties include:
Government (all levels and branches)
The medical-pharmaceutical-industrial complex
Public health officials
Shame on all the communist-loving big businesses. They shifted manufacturing to the nation ruled by the CCP. It harvests organs, places people in reeducation centers, and produces goods in work camps.
A mysterious entity infiltrated America within a global-corporate-government fusion (super-collectivism). The globalist bankster’s wars have killed millions and are desperate to hang on. The ability to print worthless money is the backdoor to implementing a CCP-style system in the USA. That is a cancerous system of debased legacy media, medicine, morality, and everything under the sun.
Starve the masses while blaming free markets and free thinking through cultural Marxist tactics (e.g., BLM). George Sorus-funded prosecutors give the woke a pass. Meanwhile, granny praying the Rosary across the street from a baby ripping factory gets tagged. She will be placed on a right-wing white-supremest watch list. Antifa hoodlums can firebomb a federal courthouse with impunity. To Burn, Loot and Murder (in the name of diversity) is a “fiery but mostly peaceful protest.” The folk that entered the Capitol faced conditions reminiscent of the notorious prison camps of French Guiana. They are political prisoners. And to add insult to injury, shadowy Ray Epps, who egged on the protesters, evades scrutiny.
The education system is a self-propagating multi-head hydra monster. As academic skill worsens (by design), the mental munching machine needs more cash to prop up:
Psychotropic drug makers (e.g., Ritalin)
Big multinational businesses have a stake in the system. They mold the darlings into obedient servants of the Nasty New World Order (e.g., School to Work and Outcome Based Education). The Federal government “helped” by creating the unconstitutional and unnecessary Department of Education. It has transformed into a massive power grab.
Woke, a malicious form of collectivism, influences every organized element of society. With government backing, woke ideology manifests itself in the general population. We know it as Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DIE). That nanny state-sponsored collective tripe sounds good. Yet, it is the opposite with such things as proclaiming that all Caucasian people are racist. Questions forbidden. Crony businesses use a high-level woke system called “Governance, Environment, and Social” (GES). The end product, a guess, places the population into the government-sponsored collectivist hive.
Letters submitted to members of Congress and senators express concerns about these issues. Usually, the letters go unanswered, or staffers gin up nonsensical words to avoid the topic. Meanwhile, our Government “instructs” LGBT children. It directs children to secretive chats about sex changes, activism, and the occult. It is an incomprehensible reality. The CDC’s LGBT Health Youth Resources page refers readers to Q Chat Space. The chat service, which describes itself as “a community for LGBTQ+ teens,” is available for those ages 13-19. They can hide it from parents, and the program focuses on several mature themes. The woke heterosexuals who promote this absurdity are the real problem. Think about it. Our “government” supports the castration of children. Meanwhile, it blocks traditional effective medicines (e.g., Ivermectin).
The greatest trick the globalists ever pulled was making us think the Biden-Harris regime is failing. In reality, “Team BH” goose-steps in concert with the globalist’s plans. Have mercy on the masses going along with the program as they’re under a cult-like spell.
Olive Branch Petition 2022
None offered by your author. However, Fred yields his time to a modern-day John Dickinson that would like to craft a New Olive Branch Petition to the Government. Is there anyone out there?
It may be too late, as the system will crash. Be like John Adams, don’t get ready, be ready. Non-collectivists (real conservatives, real constitutionalists, libertarians, and classical liberals): Join, or Die.
Author and publisher, Frederick R. Smith
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In August 1775, A Proclamation for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition (or the Proclamation of Rebellion ) formally declared that the colonies were in rebellion. The Proclamation of Rebellion, crafted before the Olive Branch Petition, reached the British.
The exact date of Hancock’s reading of the King’s proclamation is unknown. However, we know that on December 4, 1775, Congress approved a response.
While the video clip shows Franklin saying this after John Hancock read the proclamation, historical records are unclear when Franklin made this statement.