You are not being pacified. America was becoming shitty for some time, but it was always just enough for people to stick their heads in the sand and ignore all the small things that kept adding up. Occasionally, something big would pop up, and folks would be pissy about it, but after voicing themselves, nothing would change, and everyone would put their heads back into the sand.
This is how America has been functioning well before I was even born. It only got worse and worse. Sure, occasionally, we were given a “cookie” to appease everyone and to keep everyone pacified. But that “cookie” served as a distribution, while many more things were happening. Moreso, there was nearly always a constant threat.
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