bald eagle No longer an endangered species

Bald eagle

The one that got away

In this most patriotic of months, it seems only appropriate to start with a salute to our national bird, the American bald eagle, that has just been taken off the endangered species list.

Brought to the brink of extinction by depletion of its food supply, the bald eagle was first brought under the protection of the Bald Eagle Act of 1940, and later under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. It is one of the few creatures to ever make it off the endangered species list once put on. This makes the majestic eagle an even more apt symbol of America, where democracy now — like the eagle in earlier times — is endangered by poisonous interests and agendas in the political system that have escaped the normal checks and balances.

Tom Toles
Tom Toles

If the eagle can survive, perhaps so can our democracy— How can we have democracy declared an endangered species?