Monday, July 25, 2011

The American Flag - #3106 - Study: The Mere Sight of the American Flag Can Shift Political Views - The Obvious Response to This Would be to Outlaw the American Flag (2) Get Your First Look at the September 11th Memorial Museum - The Blaze

Or at least that would be the response I would expect from the Left. Yesterday the journal Psychological Science published a paper (abstract here, original here*) that demonstrates: the mere sight of the American flag can subtly shift their political views… towards Republicanism. It’s an effect that holds in both Democrats and Republicans, it affects actual votes, and it lasts for at least 8 months. This is a fascinating finding in and of itself, but even more so considering the other recent study that showed that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day. So apparently, patriotism is a Republican thing. (Go ahead now, lefties, get all frothed up).  The flag study is particularly interesting because of the duration of the effect – the influence upon the flag “viewer” can last up to eight months. From the study: In contrast to people’s beliefs, we report two experiments showing that the American flag introduces a bias toward the Republican Party over the Democratic Party. A single exposure to a small American flag while participants were deliberating about their voting intentions prior to a general election led to significant and robust changes in participants’ voting intentions, voting behavior, and political attitudes, all in the politically conservative direction. In a separate experiment, we replicated these patterns over a year into a Democratic presidential administration.  Read more........

Get Your First Look at the September 11th Memorial Museum - The Blaze - Fox News, as part of its Rise of Freedom segment, got an early, behind the scenes tour of the September 11 Memorial and Museum. And now, you can too.  The Memorial will be open to the public this coming September 11th — the ten year anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 innocent victims.  The September 11th Museum, which is set to open in September 2012, is the focus of the Fox video tour exclusive — watch and see for yourself:

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