While Leftist elites admit below that patriotism makes people more conservative, our Leftist media will make damn sure it doesn’t make the news.
Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing
Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend’s July 4th parades. 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.
Their findings also suggest that Democrats gain nothing from July 4th parades, likely a shocking result for all the Democratic politicians who march in them. “There is no evidence of an increased likelihood of identifying as a Democrat, indicating that Fourth of July shifts preferences to the right rather than increasing political polarization,” the two wrote.
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.”
Not to worry, Libs, There’s always May Day!
So there you have it, another reason why the Left hates America, a fundamentally patriotic country. Yet notice how Harvard says the Right has “appropriated” patriotism, as if conservative patriotism was devised as part of a concerted political strategy in a smoky back room. The Left is fond of making this claim in order to explain their own disgust with patriotism, as well as other aspects of our cultural heritage, which comes back to bite them at the polls. It’s those wily Republicans! The truth is, the Right never appropriated patriotism, nor the flag, nor the Bible, nor any of those cultural traditions that we conservatives love to celebrate. It’s the Left who has tossed them into the rubbish bin of history. Indeed, the very notion of nation-state is contrary to Marxist dogma, and it simply bleeds over into Liberal scorn for patriotism, and even anti-Americanism. Recall Michelle Obama’s interesting comment about pride in America? But don’t you DARE question their patriotism!
America is the Great Experiment. This is a country of immigrants, a mish mash of peoples from across the globe. As a result, we have no common blood or culture to bind us together the way virtually every other country on Earth does. We don’t even have an official language, thanks to our good Liberal friends who oppose any such efforts. And if you ask them, we don’t even have a common religion, as they insist America is not a Christian nation. So what makes us American? Why, our history! And the democratic and freedom-loving values we derive from that history. This is what we celebrate on the Fourth of July. And if we don’t commemorate that, then what’s left to bind us as Americans?
Nevertheless, the all-knowing cultural elite at Harvard has issued your new marching orders, and you, the good modern Lib that you are will simply accept them because they know best. You got the memo, now follow it.
But what are all you old school JFK Liberals waiting for? How much more evidence do you need before you finally realize today’s Democrat party is not the party of John Kennedy? How much more proof do you need before you decide modern Liberalism is no longer your home and you jump ship? I did. So join me, the water’s warm over here!