July 4, 2011
Stay in Your Caves Today, Moonbats
Posted by Dave Blount at July 4, 2011 8:14 AM
Here's wishing patriotic Americans a happy Fourth of July. As for liberals: you had better keep your kids indoors. The pointy heads at Harvard have discovered that celebrations honoring America and the liberty it stands for could turn them into Republicans:
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. "[…T]here 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.
At least this spares Democrat pols the distasteful duty of pretending not to loathe American while they march amid the flags with rictuses frozen on their faces:
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.
According to the study, attending July 4th celebrations before age 18 has a permanent effect, increasing your life-long likelihood of identifying with Republicans, of voting, and of making political contributions. Patriots are encouraged to get their kids out there for the parades and the fireworks.
On tips from Sam, workingclass artist, blue, J, GoY, Byron, wingmann, G. Fox, and Dean.