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Washington’s Last Chance: Is It Time For A New Olive Branch Petition?

July 5, 2013 by  

Washington’s Last Chance: Is It Time For A New Olive Branch Petition?
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Yesterday, Americans celebrated the decision of the Nation’s Founding Fathers to declare independence from their oppressors in Great Britain. But celebrating Independence Day at a time when tyrannical creep from centralized government has made lack of freedom in the United States seem so painfully obvious likely feels a bit perverse to even the most patriotic Americans. That’s why a historical event that took place on this day a year earlier than the Declaration of Independence was born may make July 5 a date that Americans should note with more regard than the Fourth of July.

On July 5, 1775, the Second Continental Congress of the United States adopted John Dickenson’s Olive Branch petition, a document that declared the American colonists were willing to remain loyal to the British crown — but only on the condition that their rights were recognized by the royalty overseas.

Dickenson’s statement of opposition to British policy in the petition leaves no doubt that a final break with Britain, and the prospect of a resultant bloody revolution, was not the primary goal of Colonial leadership at the time.

One passage from the petition phrases the Colonial opposition in terms of apologetic necessity:

We shall decline the ungrateful task of describing the irksome variety of artifices practised by many of your Majestys ministers, the delusive pretences, fruitless terrors, and unavailing severities, that have from time to time been dealt out by them, in their attempts to execute this impolitic plan, or of traceing thro’ a series of years past the progress of the unhappy differences between Great Britain and these colonies which have flowed from this fatal source.

Your Majesty’s Ministers, persevering in their measures, and proceeding to open hostilities for enforcing them, have compelled us to arm in our own defence, and have engaged us in a controversy so peculiarly abhorrent to the affections of your still faithful Colonists, that when we consider whom we must oppose in this contest, and if it continues, what may be the consequences, our own particular misfortunes are accounted by us only as parts of our distress.

In essence, Dickenson was informing the king that it was not his policy that the Colonists opposed, but that of his ministers.

The Olive Branch petition was sent to King George III on July 8. And the crown’s unwillingness to receive the petition made very clear that he considered the will of his ministers and his own will one in the same.

Americans today could easily draw many comparisons between the Colonial America and Great Britain power struggle and that which is occurring between Federal and local governance in the Nation today. Instead of a far-removed royal order, modern Americans are subject to executive whim directed from Washington D.C., a place completely oblivious to Main Street, USA. There is no king directing ministerial dogsbodies to ensure that the will of the throne is realized. In today’s America, a Presidential Administration enlists the help of various Federally funded agencies to make its will reality:

  • An Internal Revenue Service to target political enemies.
  • A National Surveillance Agency to listen in on billions of daily conversations for evidence of subversion.
  • A Justice Department to prosecute any that dare veer away from the will of the Federal government.

Many Americans have become so disenfranchised by Federal supremacy that calls for Revolutionary action are pretty common, though the prospect of such would bring about only unthinkable bloodshed and pain for the American populace. And the Federal government has taken careful steps to ensure that no such action could ever present to an angry citizenry as a viable option for governmental reform. Contrarian actions like blowing the whistle on government wrongs or protesting the wrongs presented by whistle-blowers are potential markers of terroristic leanings.

The ever-expanding definition of “terror” has given Federal officials a means by which to justify mass surveillance and militaristic policing in the homeland. And any inclination of a popular movement away from lemming-like behavior is a potential catalyst for harsh government crackdown.

Americans today, no matter how angry they are at government, recognize the same harsh reality that confronted the men who so hoped the Olive Branch petition would help: This is no time for all out Revolution. The potential for death and tyrannical proliferation is far too real.

The time has come for a new Olive Branch, one written on behalf of the American everyman and addressed to the highest ranks in Washington. It should encourage the Nation’s leadership to restore the Constitutional rights of every American citizen, to operate only within its original Constitutional confines and to put the Nation back on the path blazed by the Nation’s original leadership.

If Washington, like King George, refuses to accept the terms of the people, those who wish to remain on the right side of history will be left with few options. And they will be forced to decide: Is the America as envisioned by the Founding Fathers to forever perish? Or, to borrow from Thomas Jefferson, will the tree of liberty be again refreshed by the blood of patriots and tyrants?

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Ron r

    Treasonist, article just plain treasonist , but what I have come to expect from this author and others like him.

    • MitchD

      And your comment would lead one to believe that you sir would have supported King George….

    • mark

      Ron r,
      Are you so blind you cannot see what bo is up too?? Can u honestly say he is looking out for the best interest of the people. Are you better off now that obama has applied his failed policies.

    • http://none johnny reb

      ron r,you seriously are obamas butt monkey aren’t you?

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    Either people stand up for each other now, and fight for the Constitution or put a collar on your neck and welcome, Tyranny. Because the Government is picking up speed, gaining more power. Time put brakes on this run away truck.!!!!

  • http://Google Daniel

    Folks ignore Ron r, he’s reading this at 3 am? I’m sure he’s a troll! I have read his post and they are usually off topic and more like an agent provocateur.

  • Greg Mc.

    This would give the president fair warning of which way our country is going. It would also let the people who support him know what he thinks of them if he does not accept the petition. Then we as Americans must prepair to overthrow this tyrannical government and replace it with one that will follow the constitution of the United States of America.

  • Debbie

    No Olive Branch. It’s time to impeach all in this regime

  • mark

    I made a comment to some friends before bho was re-elected- I said if bho gets re-elected the nation will have a civil war. Looks like we might need one to root out the evil that has taken over Washington. Bho is pushing us that direction with his agregious actions. Look at everything he has done and you can come to no other conclusion he wants to destroy this nation. He wants to be the dictator. My question who will our military side with? The people or our out of control government. Maybe we can learn from the Eygptians. The people demanded their oppressors be removed from office and the military sided with the people. Bho backed the muslim brotherhood and is still backing them. Why? They stand for oppression! Really makes you wonder what bho motives are- they certainly not for the good of the nation.

  • jess

    Nice appeasement letter Mr. CHAMBERLIN (I spell his name right?). Need a bit more Sam Adams in your thoughtfulness. Don’t you get it, this admin. has no desire for extending a welcoming hand. J

  • http://omanuel.wordpress.com omanuel

    It took sixty-eight years to destroy our constitutional rights, and they cannot be restored by exercising constitutional rights.

    You can rest assured that egotistical, bumbling bureaucrats will continue to “shoot themselves in the foot.”

    That is the way our universe works.

    I will post later today on my web page 

    http://omanuel.wordpress.com

    A list of the deceased heroes and the eternal experimental findings that exposed sixty-eight years of deceit (2013 – 1945 = 68 yrs) that destroyed our basic constitutional rights.

    With deep regrets,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

    • Tom T

      Actually, if you look at history, it began happening well before 1945 as the progressive movement began with Teddy Roosevelt (the cancer of progressivism exists in both parties) and exploded under Wilson when just reading the Declaration aloud in public would garner a prison stay as a violation of the espionage act. Under Wilson came the three most damaging amendments in the history (16th, 17th and 18th)of our country to our liberties. Let’s not forget the creation of the FED.

  • Donald Ronk jr.

    We must decide our own course of action. To be true to the ideals of liberty and freedom or to submit to the harsh reality of tyranny and ultimately slavery to the state.

  • Tom T

    Keep in mind the response to the “Olive Branch Petition” was the the issuance of warrants for the capture and execution of the Continental Congress members.
    I think the response to something similar today from the people to the current regime would be pretty close to the same maybe without the executions. If our founders were alive today they would be in prison or leading a new revolution. The Declaration of Independance itself proves it.

  • Don miller

    The time for talk and petitions are over all they do is ignore them the time for action is now just like shadow 1776 said they are picking up steam and organizing every day while we the people sit around texting and venting which isn’t doing anything but letting them know what we’re up to its time we the people organize,unite,and get prepared to stand and fight or get prepared to put your collar on

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