I was very tight w/ 2 other girls all the way from elementary thru high school. We rode our horses EVERY year in the Memorial Day Parade, the 4th of July Parade, the Veterans Day Parade, whatever else. Carried the flag of the USA and were proud to do it.
That scoresheet as of 2011? 2 Dems, 1 Repub.
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Not buying that one. I know too many dyed-in-the-wool Democrats who attended more 4th of July celebrations than me. God save us if people join a particular political party because they experienced a 4th of July parade or fireworks as a child.
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I wish someone would do a study to see if there's a link between dropping a child on its head in infancy and the later development into a person who registers as either a Democrat or a Republican. Party identification is stupidity masquerading as political conviction.
One wonders why Harvard thought this to be something worth studying.
I think it's a nonsensical premise. Who, as a kid, wouldn't go to any available parade? Who, as a kid, wouldn't go to the July 4th parade if there parents decreed, let's all go to the parade?
Now, that said, little old independent me will be riding in two parades tomorrow. I can guarantee you that pretty much every kid under 18 that I see along the parade routes will grow up to be a Republican.
I went to many a parade on July 4th - it was a tradition in the family, along with attending Memorial Day parades. The very best was Independence Day in 1976 in Marin - what a to-do that was! (Except that it was blessed hot and I was parched.) We had readings of the Declaration of Independence before fireworks, too.
My folks? Staunch Democrats.
Me? Democrat with a few strangely Puritan ideas.
My sister? The outlier of the family, as right a Republican as you can get. But I think she's wrong, usually.
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Blergh. Their methodology sounds shaky to me. If I was actually interested I'd read on to see what confounding variables they looked for. For example, I'd be willing to bet that both parade attendance and political affiliation could be tied to size of town.
I've marched in plenty of small town holiday parades and I hope to never see another chicken hat, dairy queen, or antique car again.
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