Thoughts of Ben Franklin on Independence Day
We surely have all heard that Benjamin Franklin preferred the turkey to the eagle as the national bird. According to the United States Diplomacy Center the myth is completely false. However, in a letter to his daughter Franklin bemoans the choice of the bald eagle. He writes:
The article can be read in its entirety here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-myths-benjamin-franklins-turkey-and-the-presidential-seal-6623414/
Franklin goes on to say,
“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.”
The words of the wise and witty Franklin are vindicated in this video where a turkey ably defends his farm yard, not against the British Army but against...the U.S. Postal Service.