By Gary P Jackson
Well, at least the U.K.'s Daily Mail does!
It seems Harvard University did a study, no doubt funded with taxpayer dollars, and came to the conclusion that kids under the age of 18 who attend Fourth of July parades are more likely to identify themselves as Republicans. Wonder what this august university would find if they studied kids who were taken to those May Day celebrations? Would they identify as hard core communists, or just European style socialists?
Knowing that the Fourth of July celebrates our nation's birthday, and has strong themes of Liberty, Freedom, and the American way, it's no wonder those in attendance would , at least marginally, lean more to the Conservative side of things.
Frankly, I put little faith in these kind of studies, but just in case, if you know any democrats with kids, see if you can "borrow" them for the day and take them to the nearest Fourth of July parade, picnic, what have you. The more kids learn about Liberty and Freedom, the better. The future of the Republic depends on it!
From the Mail:
Die-hard Democrats may want to keep their children well away from July 4th parades, according to a new Harvard study.
Researchers at the university claim youngsters who attend the patriotic events are much more likely to grow up as Republicans.
And it's not just children - the study also claims that adults are more likely to vote for a GOP candidate on election day if they go to one of the parades.
'Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation's political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favour of the Republican Party,’ the report says.
Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam claim the right identifies itself more closely with patriotism and that Republicans believe they love their country more than Democrats.
The report continues: '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.'
The study found that for youngsters under the age of 18 attending the parades, the likelihood of them identifying as a Republican goes up by at least two per cent.
It also raises the possibility of parade watchers voting Republican by about four per cent.
By the same token, Democrats gain nothing from the independence parades that are held in towns and cities across the nation.
'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 authors write.
'Surprisingly, the estimates show that the impact on political preferences is permanent, with no evidence of the effects depreciating as individuals become older,’ says the study.
Irrespective of political allegiances, the researchers say people should head to Republican strongholds if they want to have the most patriotic fun.
'Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place,’ they say.
So, according to Harvard, Republicans not only love their country, and the Freedom and Liberty we all enjoy, more than democrats, Republicans also have more fun while doing it!
Oh, and once you start loving Liberty and Freedom, you don't stop!
Maybe I was wrong to discount the results of the study after all. Seems like it's spot on!
Happy Birthday America!