Lost in all the debt ceiling hubbub are a few stories which, at first glance seem odd but on further reflection are downright bizarre. One such of these was a report by researchers at Cornell University that purports to show that exposure to the American flag causes “voters of all political persuasions [to] shift toward conservative Republican attitudes and voting behavior…even for Democrats, being exposed to the flag a single time pushes them toward the opposite end of the ideology scale.
Now, I usually don’t attach much credence to this sort of psychobabble, except that similar eggheads at Harvard have also been studying up on this most disturbing trend. They found that, “To the extent that there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and Republican beliefs, celebrations in Republican dominated counties may be more politically biased occasions that socialize children into Republicans.” Great choice of words from the folks at the liberal headquarters of America.
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Were one to accept the findings of these august members of the academic world, there would be cause for great rejoicing in conservative circles; particularly over the news about the grand old flag and the Grand Old Party. Alas, however, recent events have shown that it doesn’t seem to do much good hanging majestically behind the Speaker’s chair in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.
What is intriguing though, is the motivation behind these studies. Because they expose the tremendous anxiety of liberals when confronted by American patriotism, they reveal more about the observers than the observed. Because, in the main, liberals are ashamed of our country and all that it has represented and all that represents it: mainly our military and our flag.
In a way, the flag symbolizes much of what the left hates about this nation. After all, each of the fifty stars on a single blue field represents both the sovereignty of the individual states and “E pluribus unum;” out of many, one. Noxious notions like this–especially when expressed in ‘dead’ languages associated with dark religious forces–strike fear into the hearts of multi-culturalists everywhere.
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