Americans are living the consequences of what Mr. Scott-Heron warned of more than twenty years ago.
"Mandate, my ass"
"What has happened is that, in the last twenty years America has changed from a producer to a consumer"
"We used to be a producer ... and now we are consumers, finding it difficult to understand"
"Natural resources and minerals will change your world"
Unfortunately, most available versions of this song cut the extended outro, the survival mantra :
"this ain't really your life; it ain't nothing' but a movie"