Explain in as much detail as you wish how the government has oppressed you in your personal life. Actual oppression that has prevented you from a specific personal freedom you are entitled to, to the point of even causing legal, fiscal, physical or even emotional distress. Maybe even actual harm to your health or death/imprisonment of a loved one.
This oppression has to be afflicted on you by a policy or action imposed by Congress, any government official, state or federal, or by a public funded institution. NOT by a private institution/business, like a church, Christian school, a restaurant that had the right to fire you for any reason they wished or a private clinic that refused you specific medical treatment because it went against their religious beliefs. Or a restaurant exercising their right to donate their earnings to a political/religious organization that's working towards attacking the civil liberties/health of others.
I specify those in particular because although they feel 'wrong' or 'oppressive', they're not being publicly operated to abide by the agenda of the state. Although, there are laws by the government that do enable them the right to run their establishments/institutions as they wish. They are 'free', and you are 'free' to avoid them or do business with them without complaints, fully understanding what you were getting into.
Example of private institution failure that led to American suffering: The financial crash years ago was due to the shady choices of banks, lending and credit businesses and very lax corporate regulation. Not something that was directly caused by Bush or Obama. The same can be said for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. BP was responsible, the government never bothered/was lobbied by oil companies for less safety regulations.
Example of government failure that led to American suffering: The extremely poor infrastructure of the state built levees in New Orleans that were never updated or checked for stability busting and flooding the city, killing over a thousand people and displacing thousands more that still haven't come back to their home city, much less the state of Louisiana.
Don't tell me NDAA, mainstream media not reporting your favorite conspiracy theories, or how using a seat belt or needing an ID is oppressive regulation by the nanny state. Give me a personal story, not stuff you scare yourself on the internet about that is very unlikely to cause you direct oppression in your life, much less direct pain. I personally won't feel any empathy towards you if the definition of oppression to you are things that has no relation to you and how not being able to smoke a joint while you play your XBox is making you suffer more than people being tortured and murdered in Mexico for the distribution of that joint.
I'm genuinely curious. If you are not American, you are also free to share stories about your country or of previous countries you or relatives lived in that were oppressive. Or how the American government has caused grievances in your country. My question is directed at Americans more specifically because there is a growing sentiment that we are oppressed or progressively becoming more oppressed, usually in the Orwellian sense. As an American myself, I've yet to meet anybody who shares that sentiment who's ever been oppressed by the government directly/indirectly, or had a family member who has.
The closest example is a friend of mine who has family that are very sick from living in military bases with gas leaks and water contamination, the military refusing to aid/acknowledge a child in the family had died specifically because of the health hazard, and they had to do most of the investigating themselves. The government never did anything to help my grandfather for physical and mental illnesses he developed after an incident in WWII, or to decedents who had inherited deformities. This is more akin to 'government failure' than 'oppression' per se, but I can't think of anything more extreme than that. For all I know, my grandpa volunteered to do whatever caused him to become ill or he was ordered to be used as a lab rat. *shrugs* I'll never really know. Institutional failure generally leads to limited freedoms for the citizens suffering from it, so you can extrapolate on that as you see fit.