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If You Can Vote, You're Not Oppressed! by BlameThe1st If You Can Vote, You're Not Oppressed! by BlameThe1st
If you can vote, hold political office, own property, work for equal pay, and freely marry and divorce, you are not being oppressed. You have the same rights as everyone else in society. You are not a second-class citizen.

Second-class citizens, as their name implies, are people who are systematically denied the same legal rights of other citizens. With the exception of the LGBT community, there are no second-class citizens in America. Everyone has the exact same legal rights as everyone else, regardless of race, gender, class, or religion.

But this does not mean that oppression does not exist in America. It most certainly does. But it's not based on race or gender or sex or class or religion. The real struggle is not between blacks and whites. It is not between men and women. It is not between gays and straights. It is not between rich and poor. It is not between Christians or Muslims or Jews or atheists. The current struggle is between those with political power and those without it. The real source of oppression is the political elite: the government and the corporations that profit from it.

Fortunately for them, nobody notices their oppression. While the rest of us are busy fighting amongst ourselves over trivial differences, the political elite are slowly chipping away at our rights as individual citizens. They currently have the power to target American citizens for indefinite detention, lethal force, and even assassination. They have accomplished so much because we have remained divided amongst ourselves. They benefit from our division because it diverts our attention from them and their oppression.

If we are to stop them, we must cease fighting amongst ourselves and start fighting the real enemy. As the old saying goes: united we stand, divided we fall!
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snowmandom Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Really? Black Americans can vote, but they face racism and discrimination in the job market. Are you going to argue racism isn't an issue anyone?
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, just that it isn't as big of an issue as it used to be. Discrimination? We have laws against that.
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Thinker1988 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Tell it to still uncivilized countries, people vote there too.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm.
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MissMuffinTop Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Writer
I dunno, I've felt like being paid less for being a girl was kind of oppressive. 

Does this include equality of access to voting? What about felons who permanently lose access to voting, even upon rehabilitation. Or what about children who, aren't allowed to vote at all. Does your same construction imply that children are under the yoke of the adults? 

These questions are meant to explore the concept rather than me trying to make any kind of point. 
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You lost me at the gender wage gap lie: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmXjP6…

Seriously, feminists need to stop making that arguement. It's been debunked to the point of absurdity.
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MissMuffinTop Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   Writer
I am not talking about the aggregate earning disparity. I am talking about like, Lilly Ledbetter situations. 
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Travis-Retriever Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Is this stamp a joke?
I don't know about anyone else, but if I could trade in my 'right to vote' for conscription immunity, I'd do it in a heartbeat.  It's like voting matters.
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
True. The draft is F'd up!
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Travis-Retriever Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Mhm.
Also, the last sentence of my above post had a typo.  That should have read, "It's not like voting matters." Derp.
I knew I should have just copy/pasted the comment directly from Hawkeye's YouTube/Google+ comment. XD
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