I have reached an impasse. Here in the United States, we have reached a level of silliness which is unprecedented in my lifetime. Or maybe it only appears that way to me because in 2016 my perception is so acute that there's hardly anything I can take seriously. Either way, the result is the same. I have no idea what I might write about to good effect.
For example, here's Matt Taibbi quoting a line from Hillary's stump speech.
"If we broke up the big banks tomorrow," Clinton asked, "would that end racism?"
Logically, it was an odd thing to say. After all, lots of things worth doing, even political things, won't "end racism."
But from a practical point of view, Clinton's gambit was brilliant politics. It effectively caricaturized Sanders as a one-note candidate too steeped in attacking billionaires to see the problems of people down on Main Street. And the line fit in a tweet, making it perfect for rocketing around the Internet.
Clinton probably also understood that most people don't draw a connection between Wall Street corruption and race...
Oh, c'mon! Looking at Hillary, we see the common strategy called divide and conquer. She wants the black and brown vote and she's getting it. There is simply nothing to say about this kind of cynical, manipulative behavior outside of saying it is cynical and manipulative.
When once vibrant, promising societies fail, this is where you end up. No mistake about it, the United States is failing. Pointing this out is pointless. Those who get it get it. Those who don't never will.
Taibbi then goes on the explain at some length how Wall Street also screwed black and brown people. Do you mean to tell me, Matt, that this actually requires an explanation? What part of class warfare do people not understand? The problem here is that Matt's stunningly obvious point does indeed require an explanation. That's how disconnected from reality Americans have become.
I can't play this dumbing down game. What to do? I could change the subject, but talking about the Earth's current surface temperature anomaly is pointless. The bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef? Pointless. De-oxygenation in the oceans? Pointless. And so on.
I'm going to leave this in your hands. What subjects would you like to see covered on this blog? I'm willing to take suggestions at this point. I like writing, but I have no idea what to write about anymore.