DANGER ON THELEFT
A weekly column by Ross Dubberly
For many reasons, I find it increasingly difficult to take Left-wing thought seriously. Chief among those reasons is the idea that America is an “oppressive” society. If you are anything like this columnist, you have read, seen, and heard that word to the point of desensitization. But to call America “oppressive” is a despicable calumny, and we--especially we of the right--should begin to treat it as such.
Christians in the Middle East are, without evidence, murdered for violating “blasphemy” laws; journalists, novelists, teachers, academics, and others in Turkey are jailed for saying or writing criticisms of Erdogan; homosexuals in the Middle East are thrown off of roofs; women in Indonesia and other Sharia societies are publicly “caned”--whipped with a rattan cane--for “being in a private place in the presence of a man” they aren’t married to; Muslim mothers in Myanmar are beaten, gang-raped, and forced to watch their infant children thrown into a blazing fire.
And people in America have the audacity to speak about “oppression”?
Charles M. Blow wrote this week that “I am a black man in America. I’m worn threadbare dealing with oppressions that men who look like me endure, from racially skewed mass incarceration to being the targets of police violence.” Leaving aside that he provides no source or evidence for the racially “skewed mass incarceration,” nor the racially motivated “targeting” of minorities by police, meditate upon the absurdity of this man’s charge. He is a columnist for the New York Times, perhaps one of the most prestigious positions any writer could occupy. He gets paid money--a lot of money, I presume--to sit at a computer in Manhattan and write utter nonsense each and every week. Imagine Blow trying to explain how he is oppressed in his country to the woman from Myanmar who watched her baby burn to death.
Recall that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, told us in 2016 that “I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” The great bastion of courage later eloquently explained why he eschewed his right to vote: “I think it would be hypocritical of me to vote … I’d said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against a system of oppression. I’m not going to show support for that system. And, to me, the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression.” What the hell that means exactly is a mystery to me. But, in any case, imagine Kaepernick explaining to a homosexual man in Iraq, soon to be thrown off of a roof to his death, that, despite receiving a seven-year, $126 million contract to suck at football, the United States still “oppressed” him. Furthermore, I’m quite confident that Kaepernick would refrain from apprising this man of the embarassing logic he used in deciding not to exercise his right to vote.
Aside from the abysmal political oppression in the rest of the world, even the notion that Americans are oppressed economically is extraordinarily absurd. Even the poorest among us live like kings compared to those in many other parts of the globe.
In 2005, for instance, 99.6% of poor U.S. households (“poor” as defined by the U.S. government) had refrigerators; 97.7% had televisions; 98.5% had a stove and oven; 87.9% had a microwave; 82.6% had a clothes washer; 78.8% had a clothes dryer; 78.3% had air conditioning; 65.1% had more than one television; 54.5% had cell phones; and nearly 18% had big screen televisions. And these statistics are from over ten years ago. Compare that with the 300 million people of India--1/4 of the population--that have no access to power; rural Chinese households with a per capita income of about $4 a day; and a lower class in Cuba who reportedly earn wages of anywhere from $50-$100 per month.
The problem is that the Left compares America to a utopia they have constructed in their minds. And from that perspective, it makes sense that they would think America racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic, bigoted, “you name it”. That perspective, however, is puerile. We cannot achieve perfection in this life. Therefore, America should only be judged relative to the rest of the world--and by that standard, we are doing pretty damn good.
Blacks in America don’t go to bed at night worried about Islamists of Boko Haram stabbing them to death that night or the next day; but blacks in Nigeria do. Muslims in America don’t have to worry about their government dropping chlorine gas on them; but Muslims in Syria do. Asians in America do not have to worry about being thrown in jail for writing an unflattering story about the government; but those in China do.
We live in the greatest country on the face of the Earth. Instead of whining about “oppression” in America, I would like Charles M. Blow, Colin Kaepernick, and all the other left-wing ingrates in this country to stop spewing their stupidity and start gaining a little perspective. They should wake up every single day and thank God that they are an American. And as a matter of fact, we all should.