4th of July a Right Wing Holiday

Based on a new study from Harvard expect to see towns and cities look for a way to start attacking the 4th of July the way they attack Christmas.

A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day. "Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation's political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party," said the report from Harvard.

"The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans," write Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam.

Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats?  Well duh!  Which party more often than not quotes the Constitution while the other tries to ignore it and keep people ignorant of what is written within it?  Which party supports our military?  And for that matter which party is supported by our military while the other continually looks for ways to block their votes.  And while at the same time continually looking for ways to block the votes of the military which party looks for ways to make it easier for people to vote illegal or even for illegals who shouldn't even be in this country to be voting in the first place?

The three key findings of those attending July 4th celebrations:

  • When done before the age of 18, it increases the likelihood of a youth identifying as a Republican by at least 2 percent.
  • It raises the likelihood that parade watchers will vote for a Republican candidate by 4 percent.
  • It boosts the likelihood a reveler will vote by about 1 percent and increases the chances they'll make a political contribution by 3 percent.

What's more, the impact isn't fleeting. "Surprisingly, the estimates show that the impact on political preferences is permanent, with no evidence of the effects depreciating as individuals become older,"said the Harvard report.

Finally, the report suggests that if people are looking for a super-patriotic July 4th, though should head to Republican towns. "Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place."

I love how the woman at the end of the video refuses to accept what Harvard discovered.  Typical of what I find by people on the left, if they dislike the study or the fact they refuse to believe it.  I wonder if similar results could be found of gay pride parades and people voting for Democrats.

Let's not forget the real reason for the parades in the first place:

When you have one party that supports the very ideas we were founded on and another embarrassed by the founders or who want to forget about them is it really a shock to find out that a celebration that reminds us all of where we started from as a nation boosters the party that supports those ideas?