By Nancy T. Banks MD

26 April 2011

The Collapsing Empire

In conversation about the state of the nation I am often asked: “So when will it end?”

To that question, I am responding now, that it has ended. It is ending like the last stanza in T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men”:

This is the way the world will end
This is the way the world will end
This is the way the world will end,
Not with a bang, but a whimper.

We are whimpering to our demise. As a feckless Congress debates the futile position of raising the debt ceiling, the option of saving the nation by issuing debt free money to retire the outstanding bond issues will never be discussed. NEVER! (Watch “The Money Masters” on YouTube). Instead we will bomb another African country into oblivion in a desperate attempt to save the banks from their own perdition.

We spend billions on end-of-life care for the sick and dying whose families fail to come to the reality of the inevitability of the approaching death. Raising the debt ceiling is the futile intubation of a patient who should be left to Cheyne-Stoke into the next life.

The country is dying, not only because the bankers and corporate thieves have gained the upper hand, but because the collective mind of the country is comatose. The answer to the conundrum is straightforward, but both the awareness of the answer and the will to act are missing. And so we end, not with a bang, but a whimper.

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