Fourth of July for Right-Wingers Only?

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Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

US News has an article about a Harvard study that suggests July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and helps boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.

From the report: “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. ”

“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. 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. 

 The 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 an attendee will vote by about 1 percent and increases the chances they’ll make a political contribution by 3 percent.

 “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.

If that’s the case, I say we have a Fourth of July parade every month!


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8 responses to “Fourth of July for Right-Wingers Only?

  1. lowtechgrannie

    This is hysterically funny! All these globalist, non-alliegiance pledging democrats need a pointy-headed Harvard guy to figure out that patriotic, flag-waving, veteran supporters tend to vote Republican?

    The best 4th of July Parade that I know of locally is in Bothell, WA. It has the whole-hearted support and participation of their lively, local and very community-active American Legion. The Bothell Post of the American Legion also regularly conducts military funeral services for fallen heros in active service and veterans who valiantly served in other wars.

    In large cosmopolitan-wannabe cities like Seattle, there are no parades on the 4th of July. They do have a fireworks display for trendy city-dwellers; but, there’s nothing to denote the fireworks are in honor of any particular holiday. The loudspeakers blare out broadway show tunes. Nobody notices. Waving Old Glory is offensive in politically correct Seattle, IMO. The Gay Pride Parade is much more in their comfort zone.

  2. Hey we got our 4th of July and the Dems and illegals have their “May day” I say we’re “square” so they just need to quite their whining.

  3. I’m proud to be a Constitutionalist and Federalist American.

  4. you damn right wer’e gonna celebrate the 4th of July,INDEPENDENCE DAY,from the display the left have given the last 6yrs they are Communists,they don’t usually celebrate the 4th. They have done nothing but SHAME The United States of America. Kick them out of this Country they don’t deserve what our past and present soldiers have fought and died for,FREEDOM.

  5. …celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans…
    I guess that means the rest of the country believes in the importance of independent thought.

  6. Wow, what a surprising find! That the Left who hate America, especially its founding ideals and convictions, also loath 4th of July parades! Who woulda thought dat? Did taxpayers fund this “study”?

    I’m with you, Deb! Let’s have a 4th of July parade every month! 😀

  7. I don’t know about the Republican connection, but the past several 4ths of July, I’ve been plummeted into a deep depression when I consider the state of the Republic. Which could get me identified closely with the Republic, but I remain independent, small “i”, because around here, capitalizing it means RINO or DINO, take your pick.

    I just hope this year I won’t wander around, moaning for antidepressants the way Zhivago was crying for Lara (and/or his wife), as he slid, almost frozen to death across the Russian Steppes after deserting the Reds.


    Transformers: Do July 4th Blockbusters Cause Right Wing Politics?

    This Independence Day weekend saw the release of a Harvard study showing that
    attending 4th of July parades or fireworks displays “causes” Republicanism. Another
    case of American media and the American political class mistaking causation for
    correlation as they always do when it suits their agenda (maybe the people who go
    to 4th of July parades and fireworks displays are more likely to already BE
    conservatives or Republicans). More tax money down the drain.

    But we could also ask: does attending the typical July 4th cinema blockbuster
    change political affiliations?

    For instance, for many years Will Smith owned the 4th of July weekend, with
    Independence Day (3 July1996), Hancock (2 July 2008) I, Robot
    (16 July 2004), Men in Black (2 July 1997),Men in Black II (3 July 2003). And
    after that run we end up with a tall, skinny, caramel skinned, floppy eared,
    goofy looking President, not unlike Will Smith. Those slow kids at Harvard
    missed that!

    But usually there are additional politics in the typical July 4th blockbuster; they
    usually do involve the U.S. military in a violent action film overthrowing sinister
    forces. So it’s not just the parades, Harvard, that contribute to political

    This is also true, but little noted, in this years Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

    A visually compelling film (higher on spectacle than on acting or plot, but boy!
    does it have acting talent in it!, Transformers has some unique para-gliding and
    parachuting sequences, and many sequences that allude to such previous
    blockbusters as The Poseiden Adventure, the Terminator series, and Mars
    Attacks! Transformers supplies a huge stimulus to Hollywood, employing
    Frances McDormand, John Turturro, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey
    (as a villain, almost short enough not to tower over LeBeouf), Josh Duhamel,
    Ken Jeong, the returning Shia LaBeouf, (the voice of) Leonard Nimoy,
    andSerenity’s Alan Tudyk as a sexually ambiguous butler who turns out to
    have repressed martial arts and computer hacking skills reminiscent of
    Summer Glau’s “River” character in the Jos Whedon projects that employed
    them both.

    Some critics have fixated on the replacement of Meghan Fox with a British
    Victoria’s Secret model with a hyphenated name as the love interest (and now
    mini-Tom Cruise Shia LaBeouf has announced he will be absent from any future
    films in the franchise). But there are more noteworthy features. The movie
    starts with Shia LaBeouf (reprising Sam Witwickey from the earlier Transformers)
    accepting a medal from President Obama (for his saving the earth in the previous
    films), only to be given the bum’s rush after the photo op is over. He has a medal
    from Obama, but like so many recent college grads in Obama’s economy, he
    can’t get a job. (And since gay voters are unsure about Zero right now let me
    add: especially bad for gay college grads, who often can’t come out and start
    their lives while they are under mom’s and dad’s roof.)

    As we follow Sam through his attempts to get a job and end his financial
    dependence on an unbelievably hot girlfriend, a plot is exposed. The Apollo moon
    landing wasn’t fake, but it’s alleged purpose was — it was really to acquire alien
    technology from a crashed Transformer ship on the dark side of the moon. The
    bad Transformers, the Decepticons, have been plotting all this time to have
    humans get this technology to earth, so they could seize it and use it to recreate their
    planet and empire here, using 6 billion humans as slave labor. The United Nations
    and various inept American intelligence and military agencies and government
    contractors all collude in stupidity to sell the human race into genocide and

    They almost get away with it. Chicago (Obama’s Chicago?) is taken over and turned
    into literally a city of Machine Politics, and a prototype death camp for humans who
    resist enslavement. They are of course foiled in the end, by the pure love of a boy
    and his dog…er…alien robot friend.

    Do the subtle knocks at Obama and his home city portend anything for 2012?
    Let’s see what next July 4th brings.


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