Part IV - Progressivism - From a Philosophy to a Religion

© 2020 Jim Spence -  The morphing of progressivism as an abstract philosophy to a religion, was completed when Barack Obama (like FDR) capitalized on what should have been a short economic downturn. It was Obama’s great fortune to run against 1) a recession under GW Bush, and 2) John McCain, who was a perfect foil for the Progressive church, attempting to disguise himself as a “maverick.”
Let’s put this charitably. Barack Obama told so many bald-faced lies to the American electorate before and after he was elected, he managed to set his party back a hundred years in Congress and state legislatures and governors races, without suffering fatal political damage to himself.
Because of Obama's personal popularity, and widespread voter fraud, Obama generated huge voter turnout in the black community that pushed him over the top. Obama benefited from turnout figures that fraud or no fraud, will never be matched by the 2020 Church of Progressivism candidates.
What has gone wrong for the church since 2016? How can the emergence of one Donald Trump do so much damage to their appeal? The answer is, they never had that much appeal. What they had was a great, though mostly discredited, preacher in Obama for eight years.
Since the rise of Obama, Church of Progressivism candidates have repeatedly cast stupid votes to punish Americans that do NOT buy health insurance. They have also voted at the same time, to give this very same health insurance American citizens are compelled to buy under threat of FINES………to people living here illegally. Go figure their loyalties. Why not fine illegals too, if they don't buy health insurance? A curious question.
A Gallup poll out this week shows that Trump has gained a significant level of support since impeachment proceedings started, particularly with minorities. This has Democrats shaking in what is left of their boots.
How can this possibly be, with the mainstream media running virtually 100% negative segments on Trump?
There are so many reasons why the church is floundering. Let's list a few:
1) Democrat debates are as big a sham as the impeachment process. Church of Progressivism candidates, who are all millionaires themselves, are seen arguing with other Church of Progressivism candidates, who are also millionaires, about how evil millionaires are. No wonder Bloomberg is skipping these sham proceedings. He's a billionaire.
2) Church of Progressivism candidates are demanding that we protect the Syrian border, while leaving our own borders unprotected.
3) The church candidates feign concern about climate change, while they fly around in private gas guzzling jets. Many leading church member's sons collect millions of dollars from the boards of Ukrainian oil and gas companies. Voters understand these are influence fees with no concern for "the planet."
4) Church of Progressivism candidates favor higher utility bills for millions of Americans and oppose clean coal power plants because they "say," they sincerely worry about climate change.
The global numbers on coal-fired power plants tell a different story. The European Union already has 468 coal fired power plants and countries in the E.U. are currently building 27 new coal plants. Turkey alone has 56 coal plants and is building 93 more. South Africa has 79 coal plants and is building 24 more. India has 589 coal plants and is building 446 more. The Philippines has 19 coal plants and is building 60 more. South Korea has 58 coal plants and is building 26 more. Japan has 90 coal plants and is building 45 more. Last but most certainly not least, China has.....2363 coal plants and is building…..get this…….1171 more.
The number of projected coal powered plants in just 8 regions is off the charts. Again voters are listening to U.S. candidates who are members of the Church of Progressivism who are trying to convince them that America is evil because Republicans do not care about Co2, climate change, or global warming.
Currently the USA has all of 15 coal fired power plants. The U.S. is building ZERO new coal plants. With these realities, Church of Progressivism members/crusaders running for president are demanding that the U.S. policy makers shut down all of the minuscule 15 coal plants we are down to. This church demand will cause voters to pay sky high utility rates to subsidize wind and solar projects......all done so we can "save" the planet, while ignoring the huge number of coal plant projects underway all over the world.
How does the ultra-obnoxious Trump beat the church? It is not that really that tough, even with a  corrupt media.
Trump simply appeals to the people working and paying the bills. He wonders aloud why in America our flag and our free market culture offends so many people, but our benefits don't?
He wonders why the federal government asks ALL U.S. citizens to pay back student loans, but the Church of Progressivism demands that illegal aliens receive a free education here courtesy of taxpayers.
Trump wonders why it is only in America that legal citizens are labeled "racists" and "Nazis," but people who are here via illegal means are called "Dreamers."
Trump also wonders why illegal aliens from Mexico spit on the American soccer team players in the Rose Bowl, while obsessively waving the flag of Mexico, but also suggest it is an unfair punishment when they are sent back to the place where their flags fly.
Voters who work and pay the bills are paying attention to Trump, not the church. They realize the Church of Progressivism tenets suggest that the term, “Need” now means wanting someone else's money. And the term “Greed” now means wanting to keep your own money. Alternatively, the Church of Progressivism teaches that “Compassion” is when a politician arranges the transfer of funds from those who are not in the church to those who are.
Church of Progressivism presidential candidates are constantly calling for policies to "fix" the so-called injustices of capitalism. But non-church members are coming to realize we live in the most privileged time in history, and we also live in the most prosperous nation in history. We own amazing vehicles, eat great food, enjoy fantastic technology, and have the freedom to associate with whom we choose. Others can and do die for the freedoms that Church of Progressivism members don't give a second thought to.
In the United States, our poverty line begins at about 31 times above the global average. The Church of Progressivism attempts to obfuscate the fact that virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. One of the pillars of the Church of Progressivism, is a bartender turned Congresswoman. Her name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She puts her desperate ignorance on full display regularly. Recently she said, "An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity."
As the candidates in the Church of Progressivism fly through space they are facing an incredible crash with the truth. America is wealthy because of free market capitalism not poor. Progressives instinctively know they are losing the debate, and their solution is to dehumanize Donald Trump. Most surely Trump is a deeply flawed individual.
Aren’t we all?
The Church of Progressivism is not winning because it is bankrupt of ideas that could IMPROVE America and solve sticky problems. Wanting more bureaucracy just isn't going to cut it and the church is addicted to rules, regulations, more laws, and more hapless bureaucracy. It is not a winning hand.


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