Boston – Following violent confrontations between Tea Party activists and National Guard troops near Boston, the Administration has declared martial law.
Several clashes in recent weeks have prompted the Administration to declare that an open state of revolution exists in and around the city. In response to increasing unrest, the government has deployed additional troops to reinforce units currently providing security in Boston.
On August 23rd the Administration released a statement condemning the rebellious and seditious acts of the Massachusetts Tea Party.
Following bloody incidents in April and again in June, the Administration has issued an Executive Order declaring martial law, and ordering local government officials and the military to do everything within their power to “withstand and suppress” the rebellion.
The Administration has also called upon citizens to report friends, neighbors, and family members who may be encouraging or participating in the rebellion, or engaging in other seditious acts.
In an apparent attempt to extend an olive branch to the Administration, Tea Party leaders have sent a delegation to present a petition of grievances to the government.
Ironically, in this petition the rebels expressed love of country, and their loyalty to the government. They also insisted that their desire is to resolve their grievances in an equitable manner, and without further bloodshed.
The Administration declined to meet with the delegation, and dismissed the petition as illegitimate, choosing instead to suppress the rebellion by force.
One government official speaking on condition of anonymity has indicated that the Administration has even considered requesting the aid of friendly foreign governments to assist in quelling the uprising.
Lest we forget what our ancestors sacrificed to secure the freedoms we so willingly give away today, Fauquier Free Citizen publishes another story based on the history of our nation.
If we as citizens do not know our history, and are ignorant of the freedoms provided by our Constitution, we are doomed to succumb to a tyrannical central government.
Following the opening engagements of the Revolutionary War; the skirmishes at Concord and Lexington on April 19th, 1775 and the Battle of Bunker Hill (actually Breeds Hill) on June 17th, 1775 King George III issued a proclamation.
Issued on August 23rd, 1775, and officially titled “A Proclamation for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition”, it declared elements of the American colonies to be in a state of “open and avowed rebellion”, and ordered British officials “to use their utmost endeavours to withstand and suppress such rebellion”.
It also encouraged subjects throughout the Empire to report anyone carrying on “traitorous correspondence” with rebels so they could be punished.
During the Second Continental Congress in May 1775, John Dickinson along with many of the other delegates produced what is known as “The Olive Branch Petition” in an attempt to reconcile with the King.
Richard Penn and Arthur Lee were dispatched to London with the petition, and arrived on August 21st. The King refused to see Penn and Lee, and subsequently rejected the petition which in his view originated from an illegal and illegitimate assembly of rebellious colonists.
The rejection of the “Olive Branch” polarized the issue in the minds of many colonists, and set the stage for the revolution.
Lest We Forget…