"They (the Jews) work more effectively against us than the enemy's armies. They are
a hundred times more dangerous to our liberties and the great cause we are engaged
in. It is much to be lamented that each state, long ago, has not hunted them down as
pests to society and the greatest enemies we have to the happiness of America."
Source: Maxims of George Washington by A.A. Appleton & Co.
As the American colonies rose in revolt against political oppression occasioned by the
attempt of Jewish banking houses in Europe to consolidate their economic foothold in
the New World, no man among the Founding Fathers was more alert to the designs of
international Jewry than that shrewd elder statesman of the American Revolution,
Benjamin Franklin. Perhaps Ben Franklin's most damning indictment of Jewry was
contained in his famous prophecy at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in
Philadelphia. In one of the most anti-Jewish utterances of all time, he declared:
"I fully agree with General Washington, that we must protect this young nation from
an insidious influence and impenetration. That menace, gentlemen, is the Jews. In
whatever country Jews have settled in any great number, they have lowered its moral
tone; depreciated its commercial integrity; have segregated themselves and have not
been assimilated; have built up a state within a state; and when opposed have tried to
strangle that country to death financially, as in the case of Spain and Portugal.
"For over 1700 hundred years, the Jews have been bewailing their sad fate in that they
have been exiled from their homeland, as they call Palestine. But, gentlemen, did the
world give it to them in fee simple, they would at once find some reason for not
returning. Why? Because they are vampires, and vampires do not live on vampires.
They cannot live only amongst themselves. They must subsist on other people not of
their race. If you do not exclude them from these United States in the Constitution, in
less than 200 years they will have swarmed here in such great numbers that they will
dominate and devour the land, and change our form of government, for which we
Americans have shed our blood, given our lives, our substance, and jeopardized our
"If you do not exclude them, in less than 200 years our descendants will be working in
the fields to furnish them substance, while they will be in the counting houses rubbing
their hands. I warn you, gentlemen, if you do not exclude the Jews for all time, your
children will curse you in your graves."
Franklin's remarks were recorded in "Chit Chat Around the Table During
Intermissions," a section of the Diary of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney of South
Carolina. Pickney (1746-1825) attended the Convention as a delegate, and took down
excerpts of some of the outstanding addresses and discourses, which he later
published in his diary. Perhaps the best proof of the Franklin prophecy--as with any
prophecy--lies in its actual fulfillment. What Benjamin Franklin foresaw as an
ominous possibility in 1787 has today--a little over two hundred years later--become