It is not usually the way of the martial artist to be in touch with all that is happening in the news. In fact, it is quite common for the dedicated practitioner to come across as as not well informed , or stupid.
Your confidence should come from your ability to focus in the present moment.
Focus on what is happening now around and within you.
The ability to focus comes with constant practice.
If you have to control something take control of this environment.
There is a lot to be said about letting go of what you cannot control.