More bad news for Hillary Clinton this November…. sort of.
Taxpayer dollars fund countless useless studies, but at least one of them turned out to be interesting (and worth sharing). This particular study was a Harvard study that examined the effect celebrating July 4th has on political affiliation.
Believe it or now, the study finds that all this July Fourth and everything that comes along with it – the parades and floats, the fire engines and soldiers, flags, fireworks, actually helps create more Republicans.
Harvard researchers David Yanagizawa-Drott and Andreas Madestam suggest that the correlation is a function of the way conservatives have linked their values to expressive displays of patriotism.
“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,” they write.
According to their research, attending one rain-free July 4 celebration before the age of 18 increases the likelihood that children will identify as Republican by two percent and increases the likelihood that they will vote for a Republican candidate by the time they turn 40 by four percent. It also increases the likelihood that young attendees will vote in elections by 0.9 percent and boosts the chances that they’ll make political campaign contributions by three percent, the study claims.
It’s no wonder that liberals decided to start trending the hashtag #AmericaWasNeverGreat this July 4th, which they felt was the appropriate thing to do on the holiday.
Personally, I think one of the examples of America’s greatness is that we give people the freedom to express idiotic viewpoints like those making a mockery of our Independence Day.