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July 10, 2011

Cultural elite Issues new Marching orders: Skip the Fourth of July

Fourth of July: Young Republicans on parade.

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!


  1. Let’s see the Germans just took control of the NYSE without firing a shot, the Mexicans are taking control of the Southern border along with armed criminal cartels, we owe the Chinese, British, Japanese and other foreigners roughly the equivalent of our annual tax base yet we still spent $600 billion to bail out foreign banks, we wage war while cutting taxes at the same time bankrupting ourselves, and no corporate funded politician offers legitimate solution. Not a whole lot to celebrate regarding our “independence.”

    Comment by thecommentbandit — July 12, 2011 @ 13:18

  2. So because the people “leading” the country the past couple of decades are correct — we’re a bad country. Your comment could be picked apart point-by-point, but I’ll pick my favorite. “We wage war wile cutting taxes.”

    Hussein wages war because he has decided that the U.S. military should be contracted out as an army to help out muslims everywhere who want sharia but aren’t capable of putting it into effect by themselves. (Yeah, I know about George W….my opinion is that once we found out that islam was a totalitarian ideology declaring war against us, we should have isolated ’em, not accepted ’em as immigrants, and given notice that any more BS like 9-11 against ourselves or our allies would result in the disapearance of a muslim “holy site”…shouldn’t take more than one.

    The the “cutting taxes” part….damn, we’re having a hard time just keeping them even, ‘cos right now in the “budget talks,” the left is holding us hostage by not budging until we agree to tax increases — regardless of the fact that the more money we give them, the most corrupt they become,since they know have evey MORE money to give to their cronies or the Third World at large or thru’ the UN.

    Comment by stand wih Israel — July 14, 2011 @ 17:56

  3. PIMF. Excuse typos, please.

    Comment by stand wih Israel — July 14, 2011 @ 17:57

  4. Bandit,

    if what you say is true, then don’t celebrate on the Fourth of July, but let it be your rallying cry. Either way, we should remember the day.

    Comment by Jesusland — July 20, 2011 @ 05:25

  5. Indeed Bandit. As for you, stand with Israel, is it not common sense that if you go to war you have to pay for it therefore you must raise revenue – taxes that is. This dream of the right which is to fund government with no taxes is irresponsible. Granted we want taxes as low as possible on all occasions but war must be paid for. However in our case we went to war and cut taxes at the same time, thereby bankrupting ourselves – that is we increased our expenses and decreased revenue. True for a short time the economy did expand with lower taxes but this was the famous bubble that busted our economy and started the whole bailout craze. So it is a simple rule, go to war and you must raise taxes – even sun tzu speaks of this.

    As for Muslims coming into the country where I live I’ve seen but a handful and they are among the least worrying characters around. More worrying is the crazed drug gang crime wave sweeping up from the border. For example:
    CA Attorney General Warns of “Gang-and-Drug Armageddon” After Cuts

    If even a couple of these gang members were Muslims it would be there would be outrage in this country – but as they are not there is barely a whisper despite wholesale infiltration into the US of highly funded murderous foreign criminal organizations.

    Comment by thecommentbandit — July 26, 2011 @ 01:28

  6. I don’t have a problem with “Muslims”. After all, I’ve known many, and even dated two, one from Iran and one from Turkey. They were swell gals. What I have a problem with is the Islamization of Western countries through mass immigration and multiculturalism. The colonization of our southwest by Mexico also distresses me. I am Hispanic, so I won’t be called a racist by any insipid Lilly white Libturd.

    Comment by Jesusland — July 26, 2011 @ 02:12

  7. Well I’d say it’s been the other way around – that is Westernization of foreign cultures. You go anywhere globally, India, Thailand, Egypt, etc.. and you see the huge impact of Westernization, particularly among the youth.

    Comment by thecommentbandit — August 1, 2011 @ 00:15

  8. Not to minimize that, but we aren’t colonizing India, Thailand and Egypt. See the diff?

    Comment by Jesusland — August 1, 2011 @ 05:13

  9. “We” are not colonizing but the so-called “western civilization” that is consumerism, corporatism, and entertainment certainly is and it is winning. No where is this more evident than in China which though technically still a communist totalitarian state is the fastest growing capitalist economy on earth. This has made China and other developing nations much more compliant with corporate objectives which are intrinsically fascist – that is decided by a small group of people with narrow interests as corporations are – and spawned a race between China and the West to control resources in Africa and globally. It is this corporate elite element which is colonizing the planet including the US and China which is predominantly western but not aligned with western cultural tradition (liberal or conservative) – leaning instead towards fascist power. It is this element that controls both parties in Congress and all US Presidents as well as most leaders in Europe, Japan, and elsewhere around the globe. The “culture war” is but a bi-product. Many of the worst stereotypical liberals (who are not liberal in the classic sense) come from corporate funded universities and organizations and advocate positions alien to classical liberalism.

    Comment by thecommentbandit — August 4, 2011 @ 12:18

  10. I’m no friend of Big Business, and they are no friend of mine. They care about one thing, and one thing only– PROFITS. But explain to me how they are my enemy. By my reckoning, if they can make a profit destroying Western civ, they will do precisely that. Conversely, they will be its greatest champions if that is what makes them a profit. In either case, they don’t care about culture, only money. I’ve spent almost 1,000 posts on this blog making the case that Leftism is a scourge that likes which our civilization has never faced. Now you’re telling me I’m way off, that’s it’s really corporations that are the threat. You’ve got a long climb if you hope to convince me.

    Comment by Jesusland — August 4, 2011 @ 16:46

  11. The issue is concentration of power and wealth. I have no objection to profit making or business – indeed the opportunity for prosperity via profit and business is a valuable component of freedom. But freedom is not served by concentrating power and wealth into fewer and fewer hands. I prefer to look at who’s agenda is served by the leftism you cite and follow the money. If leftism is spreading, has it led to a sharing of power by the masses – which is what most leftist supposedly advocate? Or is this leftism really not classical liberalism but instead a propaganda template used by corporations to box people onto a certain line of manipulation? For example the Bill Gates Foundation: Bill Gates becomes a multi-billionaire monopoly concentration of power and wealth by stealing technology and squashing competition, then donates $millions to ‘leftist’ organizations like La Raza as did the Ford Foundation:

    Comment by thecommentbandit — August 11, 2011 @ 10:10

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