Should the sheep replace the eagle as a national symbol?

Posted on November 27, 2010


Believe it or not, this question was asked in an article entitled “The Sheep as a National Symbol” printed on 03-01-1912 in The Weekly Miami Metropolis.

A couple of excerpts from the article…

Our mental kinship with the flock was too early pointed out in holy writ to be disputed now.  I wonder if a picture of this sheep scene would not make a better national emblem than our proud and independent American eagle, who looks as if he did his own thinking and hence is no longer a fitting symbol for us.  Was there ever a country wherein people were so afraid of not doing as others do?  To be convicted of not having achieved the latest admiration is to have failed utterly in life.

Should we sever, then, the cord and let the eagle go free?  Should we acknowledte that the bleating huddled flock–or the gamboling, trailing flock–is typical of our national life?  Are you glad to be a sheep?  Bah!

The Weekly Miami Metropolis
March 1, 1912

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