Do July 4 Parades turn kids into...*GASP* REPUBLICANS?!!?!

ShooterMcGavin

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http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/02/do-july-4th-parades-turn-kids-into-republicans/?hpt=hp_c2

A young girl watches a Fourth of July parade in Great Falls, Virginia. And a new study shows she's more likely to become a Republican.

All that fireworks-watching, flag-waving and potato salad-eating this weekend could in fact lead to a vote for the Republican party for your child.

And the stats from Harvard back up the claim. When children were exposed at a young age to the Americana fanfare associated with the Fourth of July, they were more likely to vote Republican and make campaign contributions to the party.

Harvard researchers David Yanagizawa-Drott and Andreas Madestam found that kids who attended one rain-free July 4th celebration before the age of 18 were four percent more likely to vote Republican before the age of 40. And whether or not they went to the polls, young Independence Day revelers were more likely to identify with the right wing by 2 percent.

(MORE: Only One in Four Americans Knows From Where We Declared Our Independence)

But does this really mean festivities associated with Independence Day have the power to sway kids to the right? The numbers are minute, but when compared to Democrats, they're meaningful. The authors, in the interest of bipartisanship, found that July 4th celebrations had no effect on increasing Democrats' numbers.

The reason for the political influence stretches into the realm of ideology. The Republican Party is known to be more patriotic and focused on America's symbols, according to the study. Children are certainly more open to the influence of this fanfare and are socialized to identify with the Republican values.


This study might change the weekend plans of some parents who want to ensure their kids remain left-leaning, but if you're willing to cast aside the ideological implications for a rocking Fourth of July celebration instead, look to the red states. The study notes, "Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place."
 

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I've been to 4th of July parades when I was a kid and I'm not a Republican.
 

ShooterMcGavin

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This article is bullshit and just is meant to further vilify the republican party. I honestly don't understand the hatred. I know conservatives suck, and liberals suck too, but so far the only explanation I have heard in regards to why conservatives are the "bad guy," is, short answer, "Nigga, I'm broke."
 

Stig

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I thought that loving parades makes you gay.
 

LiddyRules

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What are Liberals and Democrats doing today in your fantasy, masturbatory world?
The same thing they do everyday Mayr, masturbating to pictures of flag-draped coffins and praying to a shrine of Jon Stewart (I mean Jon Leibowitz!! Real name, oh snap, burn.).
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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Not going to parades. There are no union buses to pick them up and take them.
Only you would turn the 4th of July into a reason for another bullshit partisan argument on Wackbag. Go cook a hotdog and spend time with your family instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing today.
 

Don the Radio Guy

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Only you would turn the 4th of July into a reason for another bullshit partisan argument on Wackbag. Go cook a hotdog and spend time with your family instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing today.
Um, that's the topic of this article. Joking aside, if this were May Day or Labor Day, the parades would be attended by left-leaning folks. It's not "partisan", it's just the way things are. It's like crying when someone says that Cubans don't go to St. Patty's day celebrations.
 

LiddyRules

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And if it were July 4th or Memorial Day, the parades will be attended by ... left leaning folks. Not all people who dare to consider themselves liberal or vote Democrat have a virulent hatred towards America. Some of those people might even throw *gasp* barbecues *gasp* today. And, more than that, people (well, idiots) like parades and fireworks. It's loud, garish, and shiny. That cuts across all political boundaries. Of course if you'd like to believe that they have some sort of Clockwork Orange-ian response towards everything that extols America, feel free to do so. After all, it's July 4th.
 

OilyJillFart

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I suppose they could study the effects of air shows as well.. Or flyovers at sporting events. Or movie dialogue.

Clever attempt at mindfucking people, though. Tell them they are being manipulated so they make the opposite choice.
 

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And if it were July 4th or Memorial Day, the parades will be attended by ... left leaning folks. Not all people who dare to consider themselves liberal or vote Democrat have a virulent hatred towards America. Some of those people might even through *gasp* barbecues *gasp* today. And, more than that, people (well, idiots) like parades and fireworks. It's loud, garish, and shiny. That cuts across all political boundaries. Of course if you'd like to believe that they have some sort of Clockwork Orange-ian response towards everything that extols America, feel free to do so. After all, it's July 4th.
I am entitled to have some of your red-hots redistributed onto my dinner plate... give your fair share you capitalist slave driver
 

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I'd also be willing to bet that people who go to parades tend to have small children. Who else wants to stand along a street and watch people in costumes walk by?
 

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Only you would turn the 4th of July into a reason for another bullshit partisan argument on Wackbag. Go cook a hotdog and spend time with your family instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing today.
I'm pretty sure that the original article was the reason for a bullshit partisan argument, Mayr...
 

Stig

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I'll tell you who REALLY loves a parade:
 
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Both republicans and democrats hate the constitution and the 4th of july. Just look at this cover from the liberal rag Time Magazine for the 4th of july....



And they are right according to Obama it doesn't matter, a few days ago he said he doesn't care what the constitution says, he is going to stay in Libya rather congress likes it or not.

 
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Republicans worship the flag while they burn the constitution. The democrats burn the flag and throw the constitution on top of it.