Are you a democrat? Do you hope your children will follow in your donkey tracks? If so, you may want to skip taking them to that Fourth of July parade. Why? Because some smarty-pants at Harvard did some study that resulted in finding that exposure to patriotic events could turn them into Republicans when they grow up. Huh?
The report stated that:
“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.”
So is this implying that Democrats don’t get all patriotic too? It seems more a case of appearances with the study pointing out that, ‘The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century.” And Republicans apparently believe that they are, indeed, more patriotic than their Democrat counterparts.
It continued saying that, “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.” They added that, “Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans.”
So what is the risk that taking your kid to a Fourth of July parade and turning them into a friend of the elephant? For kids under the age of 18, when exposed to large amount of patriotism, the odds of them going Republican goes up 2 percent.
But I say, take the risk – whatever political side you belong to – because everyone loves a parade. And most of us - regardless of our party – love our country.