Definition: Looking at the world through crap colored glasses.
In 1940, the US was facing war with Hitler and Japan. There were US companies doing business with the Nazis and Nazi political support organizations holding rallies across the US. There were even a few Hitler Youth camps. During the war, Germany was likely within years of developing nuclear weapons and eventually improving V2 rockets to deliver them to the US (New York Rocket), as well as 6 to 12 months away from the mass production of jet aircraft that would have ended the Allied air superiority over Europe. Without Hitler's incredible blunder of attacking his ally Russia, Germany would have easily had the time, military capacity, oil and other raw materials to win the war.
Our grandfathers and grandmothers and in some cases fathers and mothers had every reason to see the world as hopeless. Instead, when the threat became undeniable, the US focused all of it's creative and productive capacity on the war effort, and they turned back the greatest authoritarian / fascist threat our country and the world had ever faced.
Yes, the threats to the health and even survival of a human friendly biosphere are scary as hell. Yes, our political system is a bought-off obscenity. Yes, our military and spy organizations have wrongly interfered with other governments and caused massive loss of life. Yes, 100's of millions of dollars have been spent to convince us we are all hopelessly divided into irreconcilable factions of educated versus not so well educated, religious versus not so religious, Red versus Blue versus Moderates versus I-don't-give-a-damns, politically naive versus realistically nihilist, etc. But, despite all of these seeming overwhelming obstacles, giving up still remains an illogical and immoral option.
So, for all of our sakes, if you are going to highlight another terrible problem, please also take on the basic responsibility to point out potential solutions. Celebrating despair by rehashing our failings without suggesting any solutions helps no one. I am willing to bet it won't even make you feel any better, just more angry and depressed.
As Professor Hartmann ends every one of his broadcasts, "Despair is not an option."