Same shit Jon Stewart did to normalize Bush's atrocities - let people laugh at the absurdity, but you can't actually make a passionate case against such rampant abuses. You can only engage in cynicism.
This is almost entirely a political crisis. Materially, there is no reason why we need to do any of this - there is no famine, there is no genuine resource shortage, and there is no reason we need to have a war machine in the Middle East. Politically, and for the purposes of political economy, we have crisis after crisis, not because we have to, but because certain parties want there to be a crisis, because the republican apparatus of the United States is completely oligarchic and the ruling elites refuse to act with any responsibility to the public. If the political system worked at all, very likely the US government would have fallen and we would be in the middle of a convention to decide on a new constitution or at least a massive reform of basic institutions. But instead, we have forces that want to take this crisis further, because it is useful for their desired aims, because public resistance to the coming dictatorship is weak and there are very enthusiastic groups who look at a dictatorship as a way to reap big rewards.
No one is taking climate boogaloo serious, nor should they. The real material causes would be the inability of American military force to accomplish the political objectives of Empire - just maintaining its deployments at the moment is expensive, and the planned-for death march across Asia isn't possible. But even this is not directly related to the current crisis, or our fate - the reason this decline is going to fuck us is because those in power decided the poors are to pay the costs of Empire, while a well off 20% of the population reap all of the rewards. There is no material reason why living standards across the board had to plummet as they have since 2008, there is no reason why the past decade had to be this miserable. It's pretty much all political.