Republicans Don't Own the Fourth of July

Jenny Erikson
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4th of july parade floatWatch out Democrats, if you participate in any sort of celebratory activities this July 4th, your kids are more likely to vote Republican in the future. According to a study by Harvard, parades, fireworks, and other acts of patriotism on Independence Day boost only Republican moral and increase the likelihood of a youth eventually identifying with the right side of aisle.

Dang. They’re onto us Republicans and the secret brainwashing sessions that we’ve successfully disguised as block parties for years. Now they know our real agenda: To teach impressionable young minds that America is the greatest country ever, and to take pride in that. 

A couple of the professors involved in the study wrote:

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.

The Republican Party hasn’t appropriated patriotism and its symbols; it has simply attracted people who love their country and the unique freedoms they enjoy as American citizens. The freedom to work hard and make something of ourselves, the freedom to worship how we see fit, the freedom to vote, the freedom to fail, and the freedom to pick ourselves back up and try again.

We are not ashamed of our country. We love our flag and what it represents. We love our heroes in the military and are grateful for their sacrifice overseas to keep us safe from evildoers back home. We love the pledge of allegiance and say it loudly and proudly. Some of us even get goose bumps at this part:

One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Liberty and justice for all. What an incredible statement. Not liberty and justice for the ruling class, but for everyone. In our great nation, it doesn’t matter where you came from – you can go anywhere, do anything, and be anyone.

What’s interesting is that I believe these are things celebrated by the vast majority of both political parties. I believe that most Democrats are proud of their country and grateful of the freedoms and opportunities they have here. I think the shift we’re seeing by many Americans from the Democratic Party to Independent status is a result of some of the extreme liberals in Washington that would try to limit our freedom of choice with things like orders to purchase health insurance. I don’t like the idea that Democrats are not proud of their country, and I refuse to believe it.

So this Fourth of July, go to a picnic, a parade, or a fireworks display. Thank a soldier, hug your friends, and bond over beers and BBQ. Republican or Democrat – it’s good to be an American.

 

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