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July 02, 2011

Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

Washington Whipsers

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.

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."



Wild Thing's comment........

Harvard and this study is admitting that the left wing, the Democrat Party and Harvard are all full of traitors.

Well Harvard asked for it and if no leftie speaks out to disagree with this, then we have a nice case of ammo here. A little something to throw back at the left when they claim to be patriotic. America-haters and July 4 do not go together.

Rightwingers usually tend to be Americans who love their country. Leftwingers are freeloaders who are only here for the freebies and government handouts. They are looking for a “cradle to grave” nanny state kind of life.

heh heh the left can have their parades on Halloween.

One day I hope the Lee Miller ( remember his speech at the GOP convention? it was awesome!). Maybe one day people like Lee Miller will see how their democrat party has moved so far to the left it is off the charts. That the progressives have totally taken over!!!!

Posted by Wild Thing at July 2, 2011 05:47 AM


Sir Nick, LADY LIBERTY still looks like Raquel Welch at 235 years old buddy! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
FREEDOM ISN'T FREE !!! - John 15:13 forever...

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at July 2, 2011 09:29 AM

Darth, yes she does. Well said Darth.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 3, 2011 03:03 AM