Every time tax-paying, voting, working-class Americans have enjoyed a period of “relative peace”, it has never been true, and was always selective.
When you ignore the plight of millions of people who are victims of our wars outside the country, and when you utilize the ready-made, imperialist, America First propaganda that tells you “they deserved it”, that’s how you feel “peace” as an entitled American.
When you ignore the systemic plight of Black and Brown people or blame it on them, when you ignore the largest per capita prison population on the planet, when you ignore the massive, obvious police brutality problem aimed disproportionately at Black and Brown people, and when you ignore how immigrant labor is abused, devalued, and controlled, that’s another way you feel “peace” as an entitled American.
And when you walk by the ballooning populations of indigents and people living without homes, when you also blame their plight on them and on their “decisions”, and when you support a political regime that treats these people worse than most other advanced nations on earth to save a couple bucks for the oligarchy, that is when you feel “peace” as an entitled, classist American.
The only time you can feel the sensation of “peace” as an American is when you turn off a large part of your critical thinking skills and put your head down, ignoring what is all around you, for the short-term escapism that you confuse with peace.
The US does not represent peace. We represent forever-war, classism, and abject exploitation of any weaker person, group, or nation. It is time for this all to change, and that time is NOW.