The Fourth of July turns kids into Republicans, do you believe it? If a study from Harvard University is correct, the Fourth of July may turn kids into Republicans and we now have a another healthy new crop coming up after yesterday as there was no rain. Rain, it turns out, is the Democrats’ friend — keeping kids away from patriotic celebrations that, as the study claims, turns kids toward the GOP.

It concluded that Fourth of July parades are a form of right-wing brainwashing that “energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.”

“Our estimates are significant: one Fourth of July without rain before age 18 raises the likelihood of identifying as a Republican by 2 percent and voting for the Republican candidate by 4 percent. It also increases voter turnout by 0.9 percent and boosts political campaign contributions by 3 percent,” the report by Andreas Madestam and David Yanagizawa-Drott says. “Taken together, the evidence suggests that important childhood events can have persistent effects on political beliefs and participation and that Fourth of July celebrations in the US affect the nation’s political landscape.”

Hmmmm…. or go ahead and hum to the tune of You’re a Grand Old Flag.