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To say our culture has gone to Hell in a handbasket is like saying the sun is hot. Every day, and sometimes it seems like every hour, there is a new example that is enough to make you want to pack up and leave the country. In the past few weeks it seems like that handbasket is speeding up.


In the political world, which shockingly isn’t remotely close to the worst parts of what is happening in the country right now, things keep finding new and creative ways to devolve into the absurd. The latest example is the story of how the National Security Agency wasted $100,000 of our tax dollars trying to “buy” compromising information from an alleged Russian agent about President Trump. The information didn’t exist (the money did), but the details of what is was supposed to be are straight out of Congressman Adam Schiff’s dreams. 

But this isn’t about politics, the current political climate is what grows out of what the culture as a whole has become. And while every generation undoubtedly had valid complaints about the pop culture of their time, there is no way, even in the era of bell-bottoms and pet rocks, the popular culture at the time was a dumb as it is now.

People are filming themselves eating laundry detergent and posting the videos online, because being stupid for attention is now something people aspire to. 

First off, if you’re dumb enough to eat poison, the genepool can do without you. That may seem harsh, but it’s coming from a place of contempt. Second, states are now considering legislation to make Tide Pods less delicious looking. If you’re an adult, or old enough to know you shouldn’t eat laundry detergent, and still choose to do it because it has bright colors, you’re probably going to be killed making out with a light socket or taking a nap in traffic. This is the kind of dumb that is lucky breathing is a reflex, because they’d forget; the type of stupid Velcro shoes were created for.


Perhaps that will offend some Tide Pod Challengers, but it’s unlikely they can read anyway. 

Speaking of stupid people posting videos online, there’s YouTube celebrity Logan Paul. He posted a video of a Japanese man who’d hung himself and mocked, which was dumb. He caught Hell for it and apologized. OK, fine. Then he posted a video of him telling his subscribers to engage in the Tide Pod Challenge and another of him using a Taser on a dead rat.

Again, there’s a lot of stupid to unpack here. One, that there is such a thing as a “YouTube celebrity” makes me think our society needs to collapse already. Two, it’s unlikely people who wait with baited breath for the next Logan Paul video do so in between filling out Ivy League college applications, so they’re probably already checking out the snacks in the laundry room. Three, when your world comes crushing down on you for being flippant about a dead body, you probably want to stay away from dead things and not be seen engaging in the desecration of any living or formerly living thing.

Worst of all, from his idiotic videos this moron was reportedly raking in $1.2 million PER MONTH from ads embedded in them. Again, maybe society deserves to collapse.

Not to be outdone, the news service Reuters actually published a piece wondering if there is a glass ceiling in dog shows. No, I’m not joking. Why? Because male dogs apparently win twice as often as female dogs, according to people with far too much time on their hands and, apparently, a desire to check out the undercarriage of dog show dogs. 


Then there is the college identity obsession making its way into the working world. One of the simple joys of living in a time of the Social Justice Warrior is the idea that these pampered puppies will be smacked across the nose after graduation with the rolled-up newspaper of life when they eventually find a job and realize their degree in patriarchal oppression with a minor in drum circling aren’t exactly marketable and no one in the office cares about their feelings. They’re there to work, not emote. 

But, like crabs at a brothel, their stupidity is spreading everywhere, including the working world. According to an article in New York Magazine, “(m)any media organizations now have various private, invitation-only Slack groups among their staffers – and they are often self-segregated into various gender and racial categories along classic campus ‘safe space’ lines. No men are allowed in women’s slack; no non-p.o.c.s in the people-of-color slack; and so on.” 

Don’t worry, normal people aren’t being impacted…yet. There aren’t going to be “safe spaces” in factories anytime soon, but probably eventually, if this isn’t stopped.

And then there are the liberals excited about the Black Panther movie. I love the Marvel movies, each has been very entertaining. But some people are too excited, stupid-excited. 


Why get worked up over a comic book movie? Because, according to the liberal blog Salon, “’Black Panther’ is the first blockbuster-format release featuring a black hero front and center.” This is true…if you ignore the scores of other blockbusters with “a black hero front and center.”

That Salon would try to hijack something popular is not surprising, they need clicks. But people got upset when the movie got its first negative review. The reason for it is the reason for everything that doesn’t go the way liberals want: racism. 

NBC News Black, because news has a race now, posted an interview with one of the actors in the movie proclaiming the movie, set in a fictional African country, “will prove to the colonialists that if they had not interfered with Africa, we'd be so far advanced.”

Not to be outdone in the stupid, none other than the New York Times declared, “Part of the emotional and visual appeal of "Black Panther" lies in the fact that Wakanda has never been colonized.”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie or the comic books on which it is based, Wakanda is a fictional African country, which would make not only colonization difficult, but a vacation fairly unlikely as well. Oh, and the character was created by two Jewish men, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. They’re probably racists because everybody is racist, right?


All this is just the tip of the idiotic iceberg in the last couple of weeks, there’s so much more out there. Like the rabbi who wrote about how she thought Eve from the Book of Genesis was the first victim in the #MeToo movement, and the perp was God. How? According to her, “Here is a young, beautiful, intelligent, naked woman living in a state of Grace. She’s hungry, so she does the most natural thing in the world and eats a piece of fruit. For following her instincts, trusting herself, and nourishing her body, she is punished. Her punishment? She will never again feel safe in her nakedness. She will never again love her body. She will never again know her body as a place of sacred sovereignty.”

I don’t claim to be a biblical scholar, but I’m fairly certain this rabbi isn’t either.

Like I said, incredibly stupid times.

Then there are the emotional support peacocks and hamsters, because the only thing missing form these obnoxious, demanding people is something with no ability to control its ability to go to the bathroom.

Maybe someday we’ll return to a time when simply getting attention required actually doing something, where people don’t eat poison as part of a “challenge,” where segregation is bad, where no one cares about the gender of animal beauty pageant winners, you can just go to the movies because you want to see the movie, and the government isn’t wasting our money chasing down myths to discredit a president. And maybe, one day, we’ll all look back at this and laugh. 


It’s more likely, however, that none of that will happen; that things will only get worse. That people like this are this country’s future. The reason we can’t nice things is because so many of our fellow citizens do things that make us undeserving

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