Friday, June 28, 2013

Plans for the 4th

How will your family mark this year's Independence Day?

How about including a parade, flags or fireworks in the mix? And throw in a discussion about what it means to be an American.

It may have lasting impact on your kids and grandkids.

Originally posted Friday, July 1, 2011:
Study: Clear skies on the 4th of July benefit the GOP 
Need proof university researchers have too much time on their hands? 
Take a look at this excerpt from a study done at Harvard that contents clear skies on the Fourth of July create life-long Republicans: 
We find that days without rain on Fourth of July in childhood have lifelong effects. In particular, they shift adult views and behavior in favor of the Republicans and increase later-life political participation Our estimates are significant: one Fourth of July without rain before age 18 raises the likelihood of identifying as a Republican by 2 percent and voting for the Republican candidate by 4 percent. It also increases voter turnout by 0.9 percent and boosts political campaign contributions by 3 percent. Taken together, the evidence suggests that important childhood events can have persistent effects on political beliefs and participation and that Fourth of July celebrations in the US affect the nation’s political landscape.

So it's probably not rain that's the driving force here. The study simply finds exposure to traditional American observances tends to reinforce traditional American values. 
It appears the left has long understood this principle. This explains why the left is so tireless in its quest to water down America's traditional holidays.
And don't think so much in terms of Republican v. Democrat anymore. Think more in terms of a conservative or libertarian traditional American viewpoint v. the fundamentally changed progressive one.

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