There’s Something Wrong with Not Being a Republican

Hey, I didn’t say it – a Harvard study did (indirectly, but take a look at this article):

“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.”

Of course I’m being somewhat ridiculous; there’s nothing wrong with being undeclared or an Independent, and there’s not much wrong with being a Libertarian.  [In fact, not being a registered R keeps the party boys and girls on their toes, which keeps them from getting too comfy.]

But if you’re an American with a normal level of love for your country, chances are you’re not a Democrat.  Or, at least you’re not the kind of Democrat of which Hahvahd elitists approve (you may be a Democrat because your parents were, not because you sneer at such jingoistic displays as flag waving and fireworks).

Oh, and here’s a big shocker:

“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.‘”

Conservative Werewolf can’t wait for her local Independence Day Parade and the shiiiny fireworks!

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