Reading Founding Father conspiracies is practically a national pastime. After all, the late 18th century was a chaotic and tumultuous period of history. Tensions between the American colonies and Great Britain were brewing, propaganda was flying, and everyone was looking for reasons to discredit their political rivals.
As a result, there are some pretty crazy conspiracies not just from people today, but from the Founding Fathers themselves. Though the American Revolution was seen as a romantic time - despite the treason and constant mudslinging - the guys behind it could be pretty ruthless people. They saw conspiracies everywhere they looked, which made sense given that the British government was eventually out to kill them. It seems that tradition has continued through to today with some pretty crazy speculations.
So, take out your tin foil hats, put in your Blu-ray of National Treasure, and get ready for the craziest conspiracy theories about US Founding Fathers.
The Back of the Dollar Bill Is Proof They Were Freemason Conspirators
It's a mighty strange thing to slap a pyramid with an all-seeing eye on the back of the dollar bill. A lot of people think it's a secret Illuminati message meant to signify they have a presence in our government. Who knows if that's true, but that pyramid eye is really weird regardless. Maybe it's the reincarnation of Sauron?
The French Sent Secret Emissaries to Sow Unrest in the Colonies
During the escalation of tensions that would lead to the Founding Fathers starting the American Revolution, there was a conspiracy theory that the French were behind everything. See, France and Britain were longtime rivals, and it was thought that the French wanted the British military tied up in the colonies so the French would be free to take Britain for themselves. That obviously did not happen.
What the French did do, however, is send military support to the Colonies just to piss off the British. Either way, the French still came out on top.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Committed Suicide Together
It's a matter of amazing historical coincidence that close friends John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same night. That date, in fact, was July 4th, 1826... the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Some people think that's just too much of a coincidence - so of course there's a theory that they staged the whole thing for dramatic effect. However, Adams died in Massachusetts and Jefferson died in Virginia, so this might not hold water.
But hey, even if it is true you can't say they didn't go out in style.
The Declaration of Independence Was Meant to Turn Us Into Slaves
As South Park pointed out, the United States was built on the idea that you can say one thing and do another. Some conspiracy theorists who think America is one long string of false flag operations believe it started with the Declaration of Independence. The theory goes that the document puts so much emphasis on the misdeed of Britain's King George III, anyone reading will be so angry they won't realize the new nation is designed to put power in the hands of a select few.