by Angela Chagnon
On a day that the rest of America celebrated the rejection of a government that “…erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance,” The (ironically red-shirt-clad) Vermont Worker’s Center marched in the Montpelier Independence Day Parade on July 3 to promote their message: “Corporations Have Taken Over Our Democracy — Put People First!”
The group planned to gather signatures at the parade for their “People’s Budget” campaign, which seeks to put funding for so-called “basic human rights” like healthcare and housing at a higher priority than other government services and raise taxes on the wealthy. This is the group’s newest venture since their recent campaign to implement single payer healthcare in Vermont is now on its way. (Read True North Reports’ earlier article on the “People’s Budget”).
Apparently the VWC is unaware of a recent study done by Harvard regarding Independence Day parades. According to this June 30th article from the “Dakota Voice“, the Harvard study has shown that Democrats may want to keep their families away from Independence Day parades because children attending such events have an increased chance of becoming Republicans when they grow up.
The Daily Mail (UK) also weighs in on the study, and says that even “adults are more likely to vote for a GOP candidate on election day if they go to one of the parades.”
The Harvard researchers have some advice for Vermonters searching for Independence Day activities this weekend. The Daily Mail article concludes:
“Irrespective of political allegiances, the researchers say people should head to Republican strongholds if they want to have the most patriotic fun. ‘Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place,’ they say.”
Someone might want to tell the Worker’s Center that these parades may not be the best venue for a message promoting more taxation – with or without representation.