Oh, what a lovely way to spend tax payer & parental money! According to the illustrious, non-biased professors of this once great institution, the day to celebrate America’s independence from England is for Republicans only. Apparently:
- 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 reveller will vote by about 1 percent and increases the chances they’ll make a political contribution by 3 percent.
Also: “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” 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. Further, “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.
And the real kicker of the entire study: “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. *GASP* Seeing the flag & celebrating America’s freedom from tyranny makes kids into Republicans- and none into Democrats! Surprise, Surprise! I suppose that is why the Democrats are so desperate to replace the U.S. flag with the Mexican Flag. Why the Environmental groups are so desperate to ban the 4th of July fireworks because of the ‘pollution’ they cause. Why the words “Under God, Indivisible” are being removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.
My, my. So by all means, regular Americans out there, take your kids to your next 4th of July parade- we’ll be sure to run these nazi progressives out for sure! Thanks for the strategy, Harvard!
p.s. Want to know the method used in this illustrious study? The said professors actually measured the RAINFALL on 4th of Julys in the past. They figure, get this, that IF it rained, then people would not go to parades or the parades would be cancelled. Based on that principle, they measured the election results for that place on that year. Confused? Try this: If it didn’t rain, then people saw the parade and fireworks and then converted instantly, on the spot into Republicans & proceeded to vote Republican. If it rained, the people didn’t see the parade and fireworks and they stayed the same. And lo and behold- Great Science!