Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ben Franklin- Founding Father, Man Whore, M.I.L.F. Chaser, and Possible Serial Killer?!?!


  Far too many historians and teachers present the founding fathers as saints, saviors, and near god-like figures.  In truth, they were simply men with the same failures, daily trials, and desires as those of us who live today.  One founding father in particular, Benjamin Franklin,was not only incredibly intelligent and influential in the political realm, but also amorously inclined toward nearly every lady he met. In 1748 at the age of 39, Franklin wrote fondly of both love and sex,
"Fair Venus calls; her voice obey;
In Beauty’s arms spend night and day
The joys of love all joys excell
And loving’s certainly doing well."

Indeed, part of the reason that Ben was chosen to travel to France during the American Revolution to secure French support for the American cause, was due to his flirtatious nature.  Members of the Continental Congress realized that a certain level of schmoozing the ladies of the French court would be necessary to achieve his political aims, and old Benjamin was the perfect gentleman for such a task.  Yet this was certainly not his first trip overseas, as for many years he frequently traveled to Europe for both personal and business matters. It is an unfortunate fact of history that Ben's wife, Deborah Read was scared to death of sea travel, and never accompanied him on any of his trips overseas.  Thus, he saw this abandonment and the liberal nature of French mores as license to partake in the courtly wares.  In fact, in 1730 Ben publicly acknowledged an illegitimate son, William.  Astonishingly, he bore the full weight of his sexual indiscretion on poor Deborah as he brought the child home for his wife to raise as her own. 

                   William Franklin                       Deborah Read
Perhaps this unhappy accident is the reason that Ben began to advocate sexual affairs with older women in his 1745 letter "Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of a Mistress".  According to Ben, a young man ought to choose an older mistress, Because there is no hazard of Children, which irregularly produc'd may be attended with much Inconvenience.  In addition, older ladies are far more "prudent and discreet" in conducting affairs and prevent a man from ruining their health with venereal diseases that might be got from mercenary prostitutes.  Most fascinatingly, is Ben's claim that it is impossible to tell the difference between a young woman and an older woman, as "in the dark all Cats are Grey".    According to Franklin, because all animals walk upright, the deficiency of fluids that fills the muscles first appears in the face becoming wrinkled, then the neck, and the breast and arms, while the genitals remain plump.  Thus, "the pleasure of corporal Enjoyment with an old Woman is at least equal, and frequently superior, every Knack being by Practice capable of Improvement."  Finally,  Franklin claims that it is less sinful to have sex with an older woman than to debauch a virgin and that, "lastly they are so greateful!!"
The Hellfire Club Entrance at Medmenham Abbey


   In addition to frequent affairs with the older ladies, according to eighteenth century British historian, Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, Franklin was also a member of the Hellfire Club.  This particular club, founded in England by Sir Francis Dashwood, a member of Parliament and advisor to King George III, was a club that only the most exclusive eighteenth century rakes could join.  Members of the club addressed one another as "brothers," dressed in ritual clothing white trousers, jacket and cap, and referred to their leader as an Abbot.  The club met bi-monthly and rumor has it members participated in orgies with female prostitutes known as nuns and worshiped demons, Satan, and gods and goddesses such as Bachus and Venus.  Some also believe they practiced Black Masses, ceremonies practiced by witches on the Sabbath in a mockery of the Catholic mass.  

  Initially the Hellfire club of England met in London's Vulture Inn, however in 1751, Dashwood leased Medmenham Abbey on the Thames.  He put the motto of the club, Fais ce que tu voudras (Do what thou wilt) above the door of the Cistercian Abbey in stained glass.  It is believed that the painter, William Hogarth, famous for his scandalous scenes, may even have executed murals for this building, but none survive.  
"A Rake's Progress" by William Hogarth

Dashwood spent the next several years creating a series of caves beneath the abbey decorated with mythological themes, phallic symbols, and sexual items.  Heseemed to have infused elements of ancient Egyptian, Grecian, and Roman themes within the club.  Visitors to the Abbey were welcomed by a statue of Harpocrates, the Egyptian god of silence and also the goddess Angenerona.  These statues served as visible reminders for club members to retain their silence about club events.  
The entrance to the gardens held a statue of Venus pulling a thorn from her foot with an inscription from Virgil,
Hic locus est, partes ubi se via findit in ambas; 
  Hac iter Elyzium nobis ; at laeva malorum
Exercet poenas, et ad impia Tartara mittit.
“Here is the place where the way divided into two; this on the right is our route to Heaven, but the left-hand path exacts punishment from the wicked, and sends them to pitiless Hell.”  
Yet another prominent statue is the son of Pan and Venus, Priapus, who was born with a constant erection.  The phallus of the statue tipped in a flame, underlined the "fire" element of the club.  According to investigative journalist, Philip Coppens, this statue is also engraved with a set of words.
PENI TENTO
non
PENITENTI
“A tense penis, not penitence”, suggesting the club is not a Christian penitent movement… but a sex club.  Yet it would be unwise to assume that the Hellfire club was nothing more than a sex club, or that Ben Franklin was simply a lecherous man succumbing to his more bestial nature.  In all likelihood, there was also a directly political and even religious element to these meetings where members might spread European and particularly British Intelligence as well as foment religious rebellion. Historians of Dashwood believe that his political philosophy included the belief that Britain should be ruled by a wise elite that represented true aristocracy and that this elite ought to practice a religion based on the truth of nature, much like Wiccans today.  Certainly with his stellar reputation, Ben would have had access to women in America, England, France, and any other country to which he traveled.  Yet there must have been some enlightened and revolutionary aspect of a club that embraced a unique set of political, religious, sexual, and even magical ideals that captivated his imagination.

Ben Franklin is certainly not the wholesome God fearing near deity that many peddling American historical propaganda have presented him to be.  Yet his legacy still remains that of a man who did much to promote peace and American diplomacy, a great scientist and inventor, an eloquent writer and amazing intellect, and clearly a man with a mind that transcended the limits of eighteenth century thought.

To read more about Ben Franklin's possible role in the murder of ten people, follow this link to an article in the London Times.  http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/ten_bodies.htm. 

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