Patriotism, how important is it? Should all Americans possess it? And is it important to wear one’s patriotism prominently on one’s sleeve (or label, more on that in a minute)?
The city of Eugene Oregon has caused quite a kerfuffle over their refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance, how brave they must feel:
I feel like punching a hippie.
OK, seriously, is anyone offended by this? These little communal bastions of the proletariat must show how hip, wordly, and above petty patriotism they can be. They have an American flag in their council room, I saw it, that should be enough, no UN flags predominantly displayed, give them credit for that.
I doubt cities like Berkeley, Santa Cruz, or really any university town for that matter says the pledge before business. Most schools have already removed the practice of the recital, it seems like an antiquated practice to me. I have nothing against saying the pledge and would expect Tea Party meetings, Boy Scout meetings, or maybe NRA meetings would keep the tradition alive. But am I incensed that the land of hairy armpits, infrequent bathing and hash brownies don’t get jazzed by patriotism? Not in the least. As long as you are a productive citizen (paying taxes and not sucking up social dollars) you keep sporting those tie dye t shirts and forgoing haircuts,”Don’t let The Man tell you what to do”.
And whether Obama likes to wear American Flag pins on his label (I think he was shamed into it, initially), another “Who Cares” vote for me.
And that’s precisely what’s at work when the idiots at Harvard make ludicrous and idiotic claims like this one here:
Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend’s July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.
“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,” said the report from Harvard.
“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,” write Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam.
These morons are not even smart enough to understand that they find people that actually celebrate the 4th of July and take it seriously tend to lean right because the left has basically spent the last few decades making a mockery of both the country and those that are patriotic. It’s just another case of the self fulfilling and reverse problem we see with the massive over representation of and left leaning bias in media and soft academia which have “selected” out those whose ideology they don’t like.
Seriously, if you feel America is a shithole, replete with injustices based on the poor victim’s race, gender, sexual orientation, lack of the “right” morals, and is the reason the world isn’t united and singing Kumbaya all the time, you are not going to feel any interest or obligation to celebrate the 4th of July. Why would you want to celebrate something you don’t agree with or approve of? Especially along with those “evil fright-wingers” that thing America is actually exceptional, while not perfect has done by far the most good for the world compared to any other super power in human history, and that the celebration is about showing your pride and joy of being lucky enough to be an American. No, what you conclude is that 4th of July celebrations are just gatherings of the people you hate.
These idiots are the one that get to make parents spend upwards of $150K for a useless soft degree that leaves you barely qualified to query people at the drive thru if they would like fries with their order. No wonder they can say dumb shit like this and get a large swat of the morons to think they make sense. This just more of the stupid that thinks patriotism is thinking America is a bad place.