Excerpt from Ben Carson’s new book America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.
Some wanted a turkey as our national emblem, [but in] The 5000 Year Leap, W. Cleon Skousen writes that the founders [of America had] symbolic reasons for choosing the eagle.
The reason that impressed me most is that in order for the eagle to fly straight, its two wings must be balanced. If either the left wing or the right wing is too heavy, the bird will veer off to one side and crash.
The liberals represent the left wing and the conservatives represent the right wing. The liberals tend to have lots of great ideas that cost a great deal of money and, if left unchecked, would quickly bankrupt the nation. The conservatives simply want to maintain the status quo and are not very adventurous, and if our nation were left solely to their ideas, stagnation would occur. However, when you balance the right and left wings evenly, the eagle is able to fly high and straight, and the potential for progress is tremendous…