#rsrh The Atlantic on Occupiers’ patriotism problem – and their own?

(Via InstapunditThe article itself is patent nonsense, mind you – the author seems to think that there’s something unusual about conservatives supporting civil rights, probably because he’s an academic and they can get some weird thoughts in their heads, sometimes – and not nearly as interesting as the real question: did the Atlantic mean for the picture associated with it to be ironic, or not?

Seriously, look at the flag: it’s one of those offensive sneers at the supposed corporate control over America that the Activist Left absolutely loves to indulge in.  If the Atlantic noticed that about the picture and used it for that reason, then it’s a brilliant, subtle reinforcement of the story (possibly too subtle; nobody in the article’s comment section has noticed it, as of 5:35 EST).  If the Atlantic didn’t notice it, then, well, it tells you everything that you need to know about the Left’s intrinsic inability to give the right answer on American patriotism even when they know the right answer on American patriotism.



I suspect that the Democratic party probably doesn’t want to ever see this sentence from a Harvard statistical survey appear in a news story:

Taken together, the results indicate 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.

…for fairly obvious reasons .  Short version: going to Fourth of July celebrations (using a statistical rule of thumb* of good weather = participation) as a child results in an increased possibility of voting Republican as an adult (it apparently doesn’t move the needle at all when it comes to voting Democratic).  Oh, and progressives are why the Fourth became a public secular holiday in the first place**.  Lastly: if you want to zap your kids into patriotism and/or Republicanism, the key dates to get them to a parade are from 7 to 10 for later partisan identification, and 15 to 18 for increased voter participation. (more…)

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