The bald eagle is the emblem of the United States. Benjamin Franklin thought that this was not a good idea and proposed, instead, that the turkey was a better choice. Franklin considered the eagle a carrion-eater and opportunist. He thought the turkey, which is native to North America, to be cleaner, smarter, more useful, and possessing better habits--all in all, a better choice to represent a nation.
- ↑ KQC, 2nd Edition, pg 460.