This why “Progressives”, including “woke” corporations like the NFL, are allergic to the American flag and the national anthem.
A study found that just seeing even a small American flag one time shifted both Democrats and Republicans toward the Republican end of the ideological spectrum in beliefs, attitudes, as well as voting intentions and behavior.
We report that a brief exposure to the American flag led to a shift toward Republican beliefs, attitudes, and voting behavior among both Republican and Democratic participants, despite their overwhelming belief that exposure to the flag would not influence their behavior. In Experiment 1, which was conducted online during the 2008 U.S. presidential election, a single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participants’ Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months after the exposure to the prime. In Experiment 2, we replicated the findings more than a year into the current Democratic presidential term. These results constitute the first evidence that nonconscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability.
Ed Yong of Discover magazine has more details on the study.
In the run-up to the 2008 US presidential election, a group of around 200 volunteers were asked them about their political views.
A month or so later, the volunteers were divided into two groups that were comparable in their political beliefs, voting intentions and other variables.
Both groups rated how likely they were to vote for either the Democrat Barack Obama or the Republican John McCain on an online questionnaire.
The questionnaires were identical except for one small detail – in the top left corner of the screen, one group saw a small American flag and the other saw nothing.
That tiny difference was enough to swing their voting preferences. Those who saw the tiny flag became more likely to vote for McCain than Obama (relative to their answers at the start of the experiment); felt more positive towards Republicans; and showed a small Republican bias in their unconscious atittudes.
After the election, the volunteers were asked whom they actually voted for. Those who saw the flag were less likely to have voted for Obama than those who didn’t (73% versus 84%). They were also more likely to think that the media were unduly harsh in their treatment of McCain.
The flag effect lasted for at least 8 months. In July 2009, eight months after the experiment, participants who saw the tiny flag on-screen still showed some Republican bias. They were less happy about Obama’s job performance than their peers, less warm about other Democrat leaders, and even held slightly more conservative views.
In spring of 2010, with Obama a year in power, a new group of 70 volunteers were asked to look at four photographs. Half the people saw buildings with flags in front of them; the others saw photos where the flags had been digitally removed.
Even though the two groups had the same spectrum of political beliefs beforehand, the flag group shifted towards a Republican worldview after seeing the photos.
Now you know why the Left — Democrats, Progressives, woke capitalists, the media — are allergic and downright hostile to the American flag, national anthem, statues of the Founding Fathers, and patriotism in general.
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Today is Veterans Day, a day for honoring all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable).
Military veterans must be thanked, not only because of their service protecting America, but because military service takes such a toll, as seen in their suicide and homeless rates.
The following is on the suicide risk and risk of death among recent veterans — 1.3 million veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars between 2001–2007 (source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs):
Both deployed and non-deployed Veterans had a significantly higher suicide risk compared to the U.S. general population:
Deployed Veterans had a 41% higher suicide risk compared to the general U.S. population.
Non-deployed Veterans had a 61% highersuicide risk compared to the general U.S. population.
Both deployed (25% lower) and non-deployed (24% lower) Veterans had a lower risk of death from other causes combined.
Although female Veteran suicide rates were about a third of the suicide rate of male Veterans, female Veterans had a higher risk of suicide when compared to the U.S. female population — higher than that observed when male Veterans were compared to the U.S. male population, regardless of deployment status.
Regardless of deployment status, the suicide risk was higher among younger, male, white, unmarried, enlisted, and Army/Marine Veterans.
The rate of suicide was greatest within 3 years after leaving service:
Within 3 years since discharge, 33.1 suicide rate by non-deployed Veterans, 29.7 suicide rate by deployed Veterans.
Within 6 years since discharge, 27.3 suicide rate by non-deployed Veterans, 24.7 suicide rate by deployed Veterans.
Within 9 years since discharge, 25.6 suicide rate by non-deployed Veterans, 26.1 suicide rate by deployed Veterans.
In an America where taxpayers are forced to pay for welfare and medical care for “undocumented migrants” illegal aliens and refugees, it is a disgrace and outrage that an estimated 37,878 veterans were homeless in 2018.
Below is the estimated number by state of homeless veterans in 2018 (source: statista):
Fellowship of the Minds especially thanks the veterans among our readers.
As the Democrats-Left go apoplectic over yet another of their contrived crises — the “separation of families” of illegal aliens — porn actress Stormy Daniels being ineffective in dislodging their bête noire from the White House, President Trump is driving them even crazier, saying that he will get authorization from Congress to cut off foreign aid to countries who dump their people on the United States.
In a wide-ranging speech today at the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ 75th anniversary event in Washington, D.C., Trump defended his administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on prosecuting illegal entrants to the U.S., which has led to the separation of nearly 2,000 illegal migrant children from their families between April 19 and the end of May, as a result of their illegal migrant parents being separately incarcerated. In so doing, the Trump administration is simply carrying out federal immigration laws that the Obama administration had refused to implement.
“We want to end the border crisis by finally giving us the legal authorities and the resources to detain and remove illegal immigrant families all together and bring them back to their country.
Now think of all that aid that we give to some of these countries. Well, I’m going to go very shortly for authorization that when countries abuse us by sending their people up — not their best — we’re not going to give any more aid to those countries. [Applause]
Why the hell should we? This is a responsible, common-sense approach that all lawmakers should embrace, Democrats and Republicans.”
“Sending their people up” seems to refer to Mexico, which will receive $87.66 million in foreign aid from the United States this year (source).
At the end of his speech, President Trump did this, which is sure to send the Left into another paroxysm of foaming-at-the-mouth outrage:
Me thinks Trump is having fun yanking their chain, knowing exactly which button to push.