Thought for the day…. The Great Seal

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

With the way our country is run by apologetic cowards.. is the bald eagle the right symbol for our country? Looking back at the wisdom of Ben Franklin, it seems our country has instead become a symbol of what Franklin saw the bald eagle representing..

from Greatseal.com “Because of their size, bald eagles are not concerned about threats from other birds. However, eagles are often chased by smaller birds, who are trying to protect their young. . . It was Benjamin Franklin’s observations of a bald eagle either ignoring or retreating from such mobbing that probably led to his claim of the bald eagle’s lack of courage.” – Bald Eagle Information

Franklin saw the eagle as having bad moral character.. I think we definitely do need to look more often at the wisdom that founded our (once great) country!

Franklin’s Letter to His Daughter (excerpt)

“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

Reflecting on the symbol of America, here are some images of America’s Great Seal… from Greatseal.com see also Wikipedia

Charles Thompson’s preliminary design of America’s Great Seal

Original Seal Dies… (note the direction the eagle faces, as well the olive branch & arrows)

An early 1800s example of the Seal on the 1/2 dime:

Early 1900s:

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