Who are the oppressors?

By Tom Quiner

Step back with me.

Let us look at the big picture.

These are strange times. The Left thinks we are nuts. We on the Right think they are nuts.

A personal story: A fellow parishioner from my church put up a post on her Facebook page with a link to an article where Mitt Romney said, as president, he would try to get rid of Planned Parenthood.

The parishioner’s response? “Another reason to vote for Obama.”

This comment comes from a Catholic running for public office as a Democrat. Her philosophy: anyone against Planned Parenthood is against the Democratic Party.

By the way, she is a lovely person, other than this benign notion of Planned Parenthood.

She and I represent the disconnect in America.

How can people who are so similar in so many ways see the world so differently?

It’s complicated. But I think it comes down to this question: who are the oppressors?

You’ve watched two highly visible and opposing movements emerge in recent history: the Tea Party Movement and Occupy Wall Street (OWS).

Both are concerned with oppression, but view the oppressors through different lenses.

Tea Partiers view Big Government as the oppressors. Tea Partiers rail against Constitutional overreach by the government. They oppose expansion of entitlement programs, because they know we just can’t afford them. They feel oppressed by a government that reaches deeper and deeper into their lives … and pocketbooks … with the corresponding diminishment of personal freedom.

The OWSers view productive people (“the rich”) as their oppressors. They loath Wall Street. Government is the solution. Government must reach deeper into the lives of everyone to right the ship, but they should only reach deeper in the pocketbooks of the productive. Curtailment of freedom is fine, as long as the playing field is leveled through redistribution of wealth.

Who are the oppressors?

The Left reveres Planned Parenthood as an agent for “liberating” women’s bodys, the fulfillment of the feminist manifesto, “Our Bodies Ourselves,” written some 40 years ago. The oppressors? Men. The Catholic Church. Anyone who is pro-life, since they infringe on a woman’s “freedom” to discard inconvenient children.

The Left very much views the pre-born as their oppressors and fights ferociously to strip them of any human rights. They use their very powerful clout not just to defeat the pre-born politically, but to indiscriminately destroy “their bodies, themselves.”

The Right reviles Planned Parenthood as the oppressor of not only the human beings they destroy in the womb, but as the oppressors of women themselves. How does Planned Parenthood oppress women? According to the Right, PP seduces them into committing an atrocity against their own flesh and blood, all on the altar of profits (PP’s, that is). These seduced and discarded women bear the psychic scars of their actions for the rest of their lives.

Who are the oppressors?

This question may help us to understand President Obama better. The title of his book, “Dreams from My Father,” reveals his late father’s influence. Mr. Obama writes how he wept at his father’s grave, “the pain I felt was my father’s pain. My questions were my brothers’ questions, their struggle, my birthright.”

Who was his father? A man from Kenya who fought colonialism. In other words, he was an anti-colonialist who fought British domination of his country.

Anti-colonialism is the strongest force in Africa, Asia, and South America in the past one-hundred years, according to author and president of The Kings College in New York, Dinesh D’Souza. Mr. D’Souza knows something about this having grown up in India with a father who was also an anti-colonialist.

This anti-colonialism is a root cause of anti-American feelings around the world. Why? Because the philosophy divides the world into two camps: the oppressed and the oppressor. The West is the oppressor. The West, goes the thinking of the anti-colonialist, is rich on the backs of the rest of the world’s poor.

The senior Obama, writing in the East Africa Journal in 1965, said the solution to dismantling the power structure of the oppressor was confiscatory tax rates of up to one-hundred percent.

One-hundred percent.

President Obama embraced America’s equivalent to the anti-colonialists as his mentors, men like the terrorist Bill Ayers and anti-America preacher, Jeremiah Wright. Mr. Obama’s dreams, according to the title of his book, came “from” his father, the anti-colonialist, the fighter of Kenya’s oppressors, the West. His father’s struggle is his “birthright” suggests the president’s book.

Who are the oppressors?

Whether they live in Des Moines or Kenya, the two sides just can’t agree,


  1. quinersdiner on September 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Reblogged this on A Heapin' Plate of Conservative Politics & Religion and commented:

    I’m reblogging this post from March after seeing the movie “2016” last night. I encourage you to run out and see it.

  2. Paul Sharp on September 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    What has Obama done to alleviate difficult living conditions in the world; particularly Africa since he makes so much of his father? Has he done anything for his relatives in Kenya? What has he done similar to Mitt Romney’s care for individuals? Perhaps he has a similar story to tell with his community organizing work in Chicago – but – if there is I can’t believe he would be silent about it.

    Is there improvement in life in Africa now that the European colonialists are gone? What does Obama really care about – besides that he thinks the U.S. uses too much coal and petroleum, and that we are oppressing the rest of the world? Three thousand people a day die of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa; and three thousand people a day are aborted in the U.S. Does Obama care? Did his father care?

    His rise to power is incredible in my opinion – who is he? Maybe recent books such as “The Amateur, Barack Obama in the White House” and “2016, Obama’s America” will help us answer that. But, watch such books be trashed by the MSM, and the left side of the “disconnect”! Amazing how the U.S. electorate has such different views.

    • quinersdiner on September 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      How true. And now the MSM are now using “fact checks” to manipulate us even more.

  3. rcaamo on September 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

    There is only one! I remember that line from the Exorcist about the devil. Those who believe know it to be in sin. I often think about sitting at the tree of knowledge. Looking at it now after 4,000 years of history comes to sobering conclusions. A choice was made between Good and evil. Then the second tree on Mt. Sinai. I Am Who Am. The time came again for a choice between Good and evil as reflected in commandments. Finally, the cross, and again there is a choice between Good and evil in the form of faith hope and charity. The Divine reveals Himself each time making His Presence and Seal of the Good more evident. Looking directly at the Good, evil was often chosen. So with all the obvious issues today, should we be confused that once again evil will be chosen as ‘good”? Less and less am I bewildered by what happened with Germany and Hitler. We always choose what is ”good”, only “good” to us if not the Good as God. It has been called many things over history, but in the end there is only one. It comes in many shapes and faces, but it comes down to the same one. He is the father of lies to confuse between the Good and “good”. It is by the fruits that we will know him. Who is the oppressor? There is only one! We have heard from Dr. Michael Savage that liberalism is a social disease. I believe he is right. We seldom know just what is making us think and act the way we do. It may be a brain tumor. Society has a tumor as well, and it is the only one demonstrated by sin.

    • quinersdiner on September 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Good stuff. Thanks for writing.

      • rcaamo on September 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Tom, I am listening to FOX news and to all the spinning going on. It is more than enough to make one dizzy about the truth. It is amazing how there are two sides with all their various levels so very much opposed to each other’s thinking. We might say that each side has the right to think what they want. That is true until it comes down to the essentials. Rights have to do with our nature and what makes us human. I think there lays the quandary. It is like the story of an elephant in the middle of the room, though that analogy is tilted by the symbol. To be sure it is something much bigger than an elephant. We are all denying the presence of the real problem. We are so dysfunctional that we can never get to the resolution that we so critically need. We have to come to that moment to define our limitations. If we have them as humans, a people, and citizens, what are they? If we don’t, then we have to admit it is a free-for-all. Nobody wants to be told what they can and cannot do. So if we do not define ourselves and our culture, we are back on the tower of Babel. We talk at each other but do not understand. We certainly see everything differently. There was an episode from “the Twilight Zone” by Rod Serling where a pair of spectacles with the word Veritas on it showed the truth when worn. I wonder if we want to even know the truth since it just may be conflictive to our desires. “A man has to know his limitations” from Clint Eastwood is where we are at. Simply, do we have any limitations? Of course, on the other side of that coin is, why is it expected that others pay for another’s …foibles.