Brulen, I think your prediction is what’s happening now. Between my tenuous optimism and your assertive cynicism, I think we’ve bracketed the terminal-stage of the American Republic.
Here’s a brief analytical and thoughtful view of how nations rise … and fall: THE FATE OF EMPIRES and SEARCH FOR SURVIVAL (Free PDF download – 26 pages, analyzing ~3,000 years of history, efficiently written) You can judge for yourself where we are on the scale of historical prominence, and perhaps, of national survival.
Powerful nations — empires — rise, then fall, but bankster control seems to be the endless chain that links them continuously over the centuries. It would enslave all mankind together, if it could only eliminate the stubborn minority who want liberty more than wealth.