Ah, the (semi-) dreaded topic! In past years i've seen these related topics discussed, and there are always those that say 'oh, its a waste of time' or 'i wouldn't want to alienate my audience or 'you'll never convince anyone', etc., etc., etc.
There's no 'right answer, and everyone of course has their own opinion of this. For me, in about 15-20 years of 'active' songwriting (yes, I do have a day job tho!) the political or topical (or as many seem to tag it, tho its not a term I love, 'protest' songs) its always been at least a percentage of what I do. Why? I think, first, I've always been fairly aware and active, politically, its something that 's on my mind, and its also something that very few people do, or at least do well (not that I have any illusions about being so fantastic in the area) it does seem to be a niche i've carved out for myself. I'm also of the mind that 'how much more about, say, love and relationships can I say that's really new and hasn't been expressed a million times before' vs... "I bet there's not alot of songs about, say, how the internet facilitates greater polarization and extremism'.
In the last few years (read as:since we had a very contested 2016 election here in the US and since, with the current president being, in the opinion of a sizeable number of people (myself included) the worst and most damaging president in our lifetimes) i've been writing a greater proportion of so-called 'political' songs. Yes, its been increasingly on my mind. Yes, the stakes are high now- part of me thinks that future generations will be screaming at all of us thru the years- why weren't you writing about, say, global climate change more!) Part of why I write this stuff is also as a kind of 'get it off my chest', coupled with 'maybet this will encourage someone else, or maybe even just a part of myself, to keep having hope despite all the stuff going on'. And while yeah, I know I'm not gonna change any minds of those locked in place, will something I write inform someone about at least an issue they didn't know about (maybe translate this to read- maybe it'll at least better inform me, for a start, about something)
Yeah, this is kind of rambling, perhaps, but I guess I wanted to get some of those thoughts out there and see what, if anything, resonates with anyone else out there in this area...... this year as of now, I have 10 or 11 songs up there, and about half, I think, have some 'political' or 'topical' content in there...