COMMENTARY | Harvard University, of all places, has chosen to question the patriotism of liberal Democrats. It seems that Republicans not only enjoy the 4th of July celebration more fervently, but one is more likely to become a Republican after experiencing one.
According to U.S. News, the study had these findings:
“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 reveler will vote by about 1 percent and increases the chances they’ll make a political contribution by 3 percent.”
The results of the study should be just a little disquieting for Democrats who want to self-identify as being just as patriotic as their conservative siblings. Some on the left, no doubt, regard all that flag-waving, patriotic music, parading, and fireworks as just being a little bit uncool, which may be the underlining cause of the survey’s results.
Also, one suspects being exposed to a festival that celebrates the founding of the country, with all that implies, would tend to buttress and encourage conservative Republicanism than, say, attending an Obama presidential rally or anti-war demonstration. The left, after all, has little patience with dead white men in powdered wigs with quaint ideas about individual liberty and responsibility.
One disturbing implication of the Harvard study is the possibility that municipalities with liberal Democratic governments will start attempting to discourage 4th of July celebrations. If such tends to make people more Republican, it would only be a matter of self-preservation on their part. One suspects that San Francisco will try to outright ban fireworks and parades, as that lovely city has tried to ban much else. After all, America’s independence was won by a bunch of gun-totting, tax-resisting red necks who greatly resemble those scary Tea Party people. That sort of thing is not to be encouraged.
Indeed, one of the rituals of the 4th of July is grilling the flesh of dead animals over open fires and then eating it. The cause of animal rights, not to mention the environment, dictates that a war on the 4th of July, similar to the war on Christmas, must commence.
Of course, any overt attempt to suppress 4th of July celebrations is likely to rile a certain type of person even more than they already are. So in a sense, a lack of 4th of July celebrations will make just as many conservative Republicans as the surfeit of them. Sometimes one cannot win.
Source: Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing, Paul Bedard, US News, June 30, 2011