We hear selective sound bites about our founding fathers, usually the bits and pieces of who they were that benefits those currently in power.
But read what Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, had to say about our national bird:
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.
Do we or do we not fit this description as a nation?