The Oppressive Nature of Politics


Photo by cheri block sabraw 2019

by cheri block sabraw

Oppression is no joke.

Marching into a packed  boxcar during the winter of 1939 in Prague is oppression.

Having a overseer whip and slash the  back until the flesh is shredded in 1858 on a South Carolina plantation is oppression.

Bending over with a short hoe in the Salinas Valley, weeding a field of strawberries in high heat, with few breaks and no toilet, is oppression.


The new political animal, the likes of Representatives Omar and Ocasio-Cortez- vying for attention by vacuous social media–lead by lightweights, play the oppression card often, shamelessly. And why should they feel shame about doing so if they have no idea about history other than what they can learn on Wikipedia?

The denizens of oppression–Obama, Ellison, Warren, Harris, Booker, Bernie, and a host of other people who have no real idea about it– slog on in the mines and factories, on the docks and picket lines of their imaginations.

It’s vogue to cite oppression in politics. It makes for sassy news clips and terse sound bites, the tropes now of the uninformed experts.

They seem to be as oppressed as stuffed animals in a baby’s crib.






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10 Responses to The Oppressive Nature of Politics

  1. Jim says:

    AOC wouldn’t know true oppression if it bit her on the backside. She is often wrong but never in doubt…

  2. Richard says:

    The oppression of the Holocaust is quite different in degree and kind from commercial exploitation and indifference, however lamentable, hateful and inexcusable. Its horrors should be seared into the memories of all races and generations, never to be repeated, for it can happen with any kind of hatred.

    You are quite right to be vigilant. A spark of mindless prejudice can iginite an inferno. To discuss Israeli politics is one thing: to oppose Israel for being Israel quite another.

    • Cheri says:

      These new representatives are on junior varsity. I have the same embarrassment for them that I did when the first baby-boomers (Clinton, George W. Bush) became presidents. Clinton was immoral and GWBush a legacy baby who couldn’t articulate a thing. Now we have these ignorant young women, who have no problem projecting their prejudices.

      • Richard says:

        The power of ignorant youth is not to be underestimated, especially when it hijacks moral rectitude In the name of social reform with authority complicit. The extreme example is, of course, the torture, murder and devastation committed by the Red Guard and the Cultural Revolution.

        Or do I draw a false parallel?

        • Cheri says:

          No, you do not draw a false parallel; rather, you remind me and my readers of the power of wayward youth and the followers of Mao are a perfect example. I had many students at Mill Creek Academy whose parents had lost all and fled mainland China just in the nick of time.

  3. Lue Perrine says:

    I agree! 🧸🛏
    Big babies! 😩

    • Cheri says:

      Great way to characterize the Big Babies that they are, Lue. What is scarier than Omar and AOC is that there are people who think these women know something about history.

  4. Carol McCann says:

    My first thought was —“What turkeys!!” But then I thought, why malign the turkeys that you presented in the last blog who are much more fascinating than the new hatch-lings in congress Should we fear for our country? YES!!

    • Cheri says:

      Very funny, Carol. Remember Thoreau’s line about the loons? Calling someone looney is a great disservice to the loons, he said. Same with the turkeys. They look pretty good when compared to those little stink bombs from Michigan and New York, from California and Illinois. Lots of wackos everywhere.

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