Part III - Progressivism - From a Philosophy to a Religion

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Churches need infrastructure to perpetuate themselves. New congregation members must be enticed to embrace tenets of the religion. Christian churches created Sunday Schools as a basic infrastructure centuries ago. In Sunday schools the congregation's children are taught the fundamental tenets of the faith.
The parents of most children in America avail themselves of public education. Public education has become the "infrastructure" that is used by the Church of Progressivism to entice students to embrace the tenets of their faith. This is an amazingly efficient way to spread the word. Public education is funded, not by the church, but by taxpayers. Public education's resources are controlled by GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS, at the local, state, and federal levels. The results have been predictable. Taxpayers spend more and more to get less and less. Every school day is a Sunday School day in America's public education system. This is so because on a daily basis, millions of  Progressive Church member school teachers, teach Progressivism to highly impressionable students.
The Home Schooling phenomenon in America is a direct effort by knowing parents, who resent and resist the idea of their children being indoctrinated on a daily basis in the tenets of the Church of Progressivism.
The great flaw of public education is that the customers (parents and students) do not control the purchasing power for the services they are suppose to receive. Instead, Progressive bureaucrats have cleverly inserted themselves into every nook and cranny of the procurement process. Claiming they are acting as loyal "agents" for the students and parents, bureaucrats have instead formed powerful political alliances with the elected officials who are also members of the Church of Progressivism. This leads to a steady increase in pay and benefits for bureaucrats in exchange for a steady drumbeat of indoctrination. At the core of the indoctrination is the primary assertion of the Church of Progressivism: No matter what the problem is, more rules, regulations, laws, and more bureaucrats is the default solution. This is their golden rule. All who benefit from this cycle that perpetuates this insidious power structure, ally themselves with the church.
Notice the difference in outcomes. In areas where market forces determine how families spend money on items such as: appliances, clothing, computers, phones, etc. Quality improvements are steady. The customer is always getting more for the same price or even at lower prices. Just the opposite is the case with public education, where bureaucrats control the purchasing power that buys education services. In this critical area of national interest, billions in resources are siphoned out of public education every year to support the church.
Over several generations, we have seen countless ways in which unaccountable bureaucracies will always serve themselves first. The Church of Progressivism has been securing for its members, unsustainable pension promises, astounding numbers of days off, and fool proof insulation from being fired for incompetence from its allies in elected offices. This has been going on for decades. It pays to be a Progressive! The wealthiest counties in the nation contain millions of bureaucrats. As long as the church holds these sorts of amazing controls, funding will continue to rise for public education, with zero hope for better outcomes.
There are a number of horrific scandals ongoing with public education that continue to go unaddressed. For starters, the fundamental values of a truly liberal education system were abandoned long ago. The idea that "all points of view" should be presented in schools of higher learning has been replaced by one-sided indoctrination process favoring the Church of Progressivism viewpoints. The results of this off balance arrangement have been predictable. Students and faculties at hundreds of universities and colleges around the nation are routinely captured on film preventing those not preaching the gospel according to the Church of Progressivism, from having their views heard. Most non-Progressive speakers are vehemently protested at most colleges and universities. Many speakers fearing for their safety, simply decline invitations to speak. Many universities are so one-dimensional in their views, they don't even pretend to welcome diversity of opinions on campuses.
The Church of Progressivism plays the "race card" on college campuses whenever it is politically convenient. However, the church encourages and supports overt racial discrimination on campuses as a matter of routine. The church regularly argues that it is perfectly acceptable for highly-rated colleges and universities like Ivy League schools, to “limit” the percentage of Asian-Americans gaining admission. Why? Because Asian-American people are treated as a monolithic “group” not a collection of unique individuals. Because their "group" scores higher on college entrance exams than other "groups" that are more favored by the church, the church opts for racial discrimination to correct the perceived flaw. In doing so, the church sneers at fundamental constitutional protections contained in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that demands equal protections for all citizens including Asian-American students with high test scores. Astonishingly, the church argues this sort of overt racial discrimination is acceptable.
Several generations of college graduates have now emerged from this environment. They hold degrees in journalism and enter employment with media outlets that are nothing more than echo chambers for the Church of Progressivism. This explains why news outlets have morphed into tent revivals for membership growth in the The Church of Progressivism instead of being the purveyors of relevant facts.
Is it any wonder Progressives call on millions of young citizens who will not benefit from going to college, to go anyway? The pleas for free college for everyone are sung like Bible hymns. These calls are accompanied by calls for more access to financially debilitating student loans. Now that it is clear that millions of students borrowed billions of dollars in student loans to obtain virtually worthless college degrees, Progressive candidates are demanding that students be allowed to walk away from the debts, that funded their entitled lifestyles while they were in college. The strategy is clear. Go to Sunday school, learn the religion for sixteen years, and the church will hand the bill to the taxpayers.
Instead of celebrating the amazing historical results produced by the profit motive, and free markets, successful business people are scorned by the church. In fact, the Church of Progressivism is not afraid to eat its own. Witness the political crucifixion of Howard Schultz by progressives when he announced his run for the presidency. The founder of Starbucks, who never saw a Progressive cause he would not support, was shunned and made into a villain by the church, simply because he built an amazing business and also made billions of dollars in the process. Howard Schultz did not consider before announcing his short-lived run for president that the Church of Progressivism's Sunday Schools have been, for several generations, teaching children to question the motives of all successful business people. How else could the goal of  enacting more laws, more regulations, and hiring more bureaucrats be achieved? Let's hand it to the church, it knows how to conduct a successful crusade.
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