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    Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    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. [See political cartoons about the 2012 GOP field.]

    "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.
    Excerpt read the rest here: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing - Washington Whispers (usnews.com)


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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Excerpt read the rest here: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing - Washington Whispers (usnews.com)


    Dear Lord.. Now our Independance Day is just for Republican American's??


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    That isn't what they were saying.
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    before age 18 increases the likelihood of identifying as a Republican at age 40 by 2 percent,
    the share of people voting for the Republican candidate at age 40 by 4 percent, and the share of
    people turning out to vote at age 40 by 0.9 percent
    It's a research study that found a correlation between increased voter turnout and identifying as Republican and attending 4th of July celebrations in conservative counties, but did not find a similar result in liberal counties.

    It's a research study, not some liberal protest of Independence Day.
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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    "A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans..."

    So, free candy equals new republicans! I knew we were messing up when we started passing out celery!

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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Lib View Post
    "A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans..."

    So, free candy equals new republicans! I knew we were messing up when we started passing out celery!
    Hehe... Add some Cheese Whiz and you might have better luck!


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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    If celebrating the 4th of July causes Democrats to lose elections, they deserve to lose elections. They should try some patriotism some time; they might even like it.

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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    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."
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    I like this. I think we'll head out to the 4th of July celebration this weekend.
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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    Yeah, this was not the sort of thread I was expecting, but nevertheless surprising.

    Democrats need to change that image, and have done some slow progress toward that goal of appearing more celebratory of the American heritage and its exceptionalism.
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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    No fireworks here this year, from what I've been hearing. We're supposed to have our local Kaboom Town celebration on the 3rd...not sure what we'll see...otherwise, we're just BBQing and hanging at the pool. I don't have the patience for large, drunken crowds.
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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    two points here

    1) I greatly enjoy patriotic parades and took both my children to see many of them - sometimes they were even participants. Both vote straight Democratic and I am proud to say that.

    2) One huge mistake progressives made in the Sixties was we ceded the American flag to the right. We should never ever do anything like that again. It is important that patriotic observations be from both sides of the aisle.
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    Re: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Excerpt read the rest here: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing - Washington Whispers (usnews.com)


    Dear Lord.. Now our Independance Day is just for Republican American's??


    Tim-
    this is just silly......as i was walking into work today, i looked at our sign that indicates we will be closed for Independence Day. i started thinking about the meaning of "Independence Day"........and i wish more people would think about it. waving a flag or watching a parade does not equal patriotism, so i don't participate. but it's equally stupid to believe that watching a parade makes one a republican.

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    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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