The View From 1776
Monday, May 12, 2008
The Welfare-State Buzzard
Melanie Wooten emailed an interesting observation.
The majestic and solitary bald eagle has been the symbol of the United States. The buzzard is the appropriate symbol of the liberal-progressive welfare state, focused on weakening national defense and flocking together to take what others have earned.
She writes: ...the Columbia Encyclopedia, 2001 edition, defines [the American buzzard] as follows: “American vultures have no syrinx and are thus voiceless, emitting weak hisses. They feed voraciously and indiscriminately, chiefly on carrion; because they have weak beaks and lack the strength of other birds of prey, they rarely attack other than helpless animals. . . . . They are normally solitary but will gather in crowds to feed.”