The left-of-center Associated Press (AP) and USA Today recently reported that there are two significantly different versions of reality being projected by the Trump-Pence ticket vs. the Biden Harris ticket. “Competing Versions of Reality, is how the AP summed it up. While one can certainly reasonably critique how AP and USA framed those differing versions, their underlying points are appropriate.
‘Dystopian’ is similar to the notion of the ‘surreal.’
Surrealism has been described by Literary Devices as “Surrealism (pronounced suhr-REAL-ism) is a literary and artistic movement in which the goal is to create something bizarre and disjointed…”
Wikipedia says that “A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his best known work [Utopia], published in 1516, which created a blueprint for an ideal society with minimal crime, violence and poverty.”
“Dystopia is a world in which everything is imperfect, and everything goes terribly wrong. Usually the main themes of dystopian works are rebellion, oppression, revolutions, wars, overpopulation, and disasters,” per Literary Devices.
In the Biden-Harris version of reality, President Trump is often described as not only a racist, misogynist, and xenophobe, but he is also labeled as incompetent failure who has an incoherent foreign and domestic policy.
This election could provide fodder for sociologists, psychologists, and would be mass manipulators for decades to come. The case can be made that for the Democratic Biden-Harris ticket to prevail, they must convince undecided voters that the president is a non-stop liar who has repeatedly broken faith with his base and the nation as a whole. That may play with those who listen only to one side of the story. Will that and their own promises be enough to win Biden-Harris the White House?
The Trump-Pence ticket by contrast is up against not only superior sums of campaign ad dollars, but also against much of the media and Big Tech, which favors Biden-Harris. What the Trump-Pence ticket have to argue with are actual results that line up well with 2016 campaign promises.
Tonight’s featured focus will be the latest piece of good news out of the Middle East. That has little to do with HUD Code manufactured housing directly, but it arguably has much to do with the industry indirectly on several fronts, including stability in oil prices, the benefits of peace, or the value to smaller businesses and workers of a Trump-reelection.
Before pivoting to the next segment of this evening’s report, it is worthwhile to look at what Utopia is – which is the opposite of Dystopia.
Spark Notes summed up Sir Thomas More’s book Utopia as follows. It is interesting for our times on several levels.
Because of his Humanist studies of classical philosophy, [Sir Thomas] More had an ideal vision of morality that contrasted with the realities of his world, and one of the major goals of the Humanist movement was to integrate those ideals into real life. However, More knew that principles alone don’t get anyone very far in politics. More’s father was a notable judge and raised him amid politics and politicians, so he had seen how corrupt political life could be. A major theme of an early work, The History of King Richard III, was the deception and ruthlessness of rulers. The bloody War of the Roses, a vicious power struggle over the English throne that had thrown the country into chaos for much of the previous century, remained potent in English memory. In book I of Utopia, More accuses Hythloday of being too “academic” in his attitude toward advising rulers. More seems to be saying that one cannot simply represent ideal principles and then despair that corrupt leaders will never heed them. Instead, to gain influence, a conscientious political advisor must learn to play the game and to accept the realities of a world dominated by power and greed.
The Importance of Social Critique
In Utopia, More contends that thorough scrutiny of institutions is valuable and that conceiving of ideal or imaginary alternatives to reality may yield important insights into how institutions can improve. While some scholars have been tempted to read More’s Utopia as a set of recommendations for the conduct of real-world affairs, an outright critique of contemporary rulers and laws would not have been possible for More, who was a respected statesmen and close advisor to Henry VIII. The narrator More criticizes the fantastical accounts of the Utopians, effectively distancing the author More from Hythloday’s provocative recommendations, which include the abolition of private property. However, the extent to which the author More favors Utopian practices is unclear. In Utopia, More contrasts the problems of the real world, such as poverty, crime, and political corruption, with the harmony, equality, and prosperity of Utopian society, which suggests that More believes that at least some of the principles underlying Utopian practices are noble, even if the practices themselves are far fetched. In any case, in describing and critiquing Utopian society, More gives new perspectives on the problems and strengths of his own society.”
Focusing on one pull-quote, More’s Utopia “contrasts the problems of the real world, such as poverty, crime, and political corruption, with the harmony, equality, and prosperity of Utopian society…” in contrast to an arguable pre-cursor to Marxism’s push for socialism that leads to communism, which like “Hythloday’s provocative recommendations, which include the abolition of private property.”
More’s contention – pardon the pun – reveals how the more things change, the more they stay the same. That is because understanding human nature, which More studied, is how someone truly grasps the fundamental problems and solutions of a given era, including the modern one here in the U.S.A.
With that metaphorically and symbolically Utopian (Trumpian) vs. Dystopian (Biden) visions, let’s pivot toward tonight’s featured focus, which is the latest announcement of yet another Middle East peace deal. That is found after the left-right headline recap for the day, 2 of the 3 market snapshots at the closing bell. The president said at a recent rally, “When we win [Trump-Pence] America wins,” to which thousands replied with chants of “Four more years!”
Quotes That Shed Light – American Social, Industry, National Issues…
Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business
- Your job vs. your health
- A ‘tidal wave’ of Covid-related workplace lawsuits could be on the way
- 911 dispatchers slammed with calls about QAnon-backed false rumors about wildfires
- Mining CEO resigns after 46,000-year-old sacred Indigenous site is destroyed
- Britain clinches first major trade agreement since leaving the EU
- The UK government sent millions of workers home because of the pandemic. They may never return
- 61% of Americans looking for jobs right now want to switch careers
- How Fox News covered the Woodward recordings of Trump
- Stores ended hazard pay for their workers. They’re still spending hundreds of millions buying back their stock
- NASA wants to buy moon rocks
- Are you ready for some football? Gamblers are rejoicing
- Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: I lied when I said ‘family is most important’
- Mortgage rates fell to their lowest level ever for the 9th time this year
- SpaceX strapped a camera to a Falcon 9 rocket. Watch what happened
- A car dealer walks past cars for sale at a used car dealership in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Governor Phil Murphy has lifted restrictions on in-person auto sales, provided the businesses follow social distancing guidelines, NBC reported.
- Used car sales are booming, and that’s pushing up inflation
- SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 03: A pedestrian walks by a Jos A. Bank clothing store that is closing on August 03, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Tailored Brands Inc., the parent company of Jos a Bank and Men's Wearhouse, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after suffering from coronavirus-related store shutdowns. The company cut twenty percent of its workforce and plans to close 500 stores. First-quarter sales were down 60%.
- Bankruptcy filings are mounting. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg
Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business
- Trump announces agreement between Bahrain, Israel to normalize relations
- President Trump announced that Bahrain has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, another diplomatic win for the president.
- Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian official, citing Israel-UAE deal
- August budget deficit hits $200B as 2020 estimates approach WWII levels
- More coronavirus job losses are becoming permanent
- Ex-NYSE CEO: ‘My people who were coming down second tower…would only say 1 thing’
- Trump pays tribute to the ‘extraordinary sacrifice’ of Americans who died on 9/11
- CHARLIE GASPARINO: 9/11 and the pandemic — a united and divided society
- CYBER COMMANDER
- Former NSA chief joins Amazon board of directors
- THE OLD COLLEGE TRY
- Campus businesses fighting for survival with fewer students
- FAMILY FUNDS
- Cuomo: Nearly $89M available to help child care providers
- READY TO RETURN
- Goldman Sachs joins JPMorgan in push to get employees back to office
- FEELING THE WEIGHT
- New York Sports Club owner plans to seek bankruptcy protection
- ‘ON DAY ONE’
- Biden vows to immediately raise these taxes if he’s elected president
- TOO ‘CUTE’?
- Senator suggests Netflix appear before Congress to defend controversial film
- RIVALS SHARE MOMENT
- Interaction between Biden, Pence at 9/11 memorial is getting attention
- POLITICAL ‘CARPET-BOMB’
- EXCLUSIVE: Left-wing groups prep to flood election with dark money
- REAL ESTATE
- Kathy Griffin lists $16M California ‘dream house’ with ‘ridiculous rooms’ for sale
- PERSONAL FINANCE
- Will tax laws change as remote work becomes more popular?
- REAL ESTATE
- NYC real estate ‘pain’ will linger until the political shift changes: Don Peebles
- BUSINESS LEADERS
- Martha Stewart launches CBD product line featuring ‘gourmet-flavored’ gummies and oils
- Mark Green reflects on lessons of 9/11, stalled COVID relief negotiations
- Facebook allows Rose City Antifa to have page despite promise to crack down on dangerous organizations
- Nikola Motors lawyers up to combat ‘false and deceptive’ short-seller claims
- Trump praises JPMorgan for telling trading staff to return to the office
- Lululemon slammed for Instagram post promoting ‘resist capitalism’ workshop
- Wildfires in California, Oregon, Washington: At least 15 dead, 16 missing as blazes continue in West
- San Francisco to allow hair salons, other businesses to reopen days after Pelosi visit sparked outcry
- Tom Brady opens up about moving family to Tampa to play for Buccaneers
- WATCH: New York amusement park owners make desperate plea to Cuomo
- Kroger projects 50% profit growth as digital sales boom during coronavirus
- Disney CFO admits ‘Mulan’ filming in Xinjiang region created ‘a lot of issues for us’
- Crew emerges from bankruptcy ‘reinvigorated’
- BUSINESS LEADERS
- EBay founder Pierre Omidyar steps down from board
- Australian teen creates coronavirus care packages in honor of Pay it Forward 9/11
- California utilities hope wildfire risk could be lowered with help of drones, AI
- Las Vegas shooting victims closer to getting $800M payout
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Where Business, Politics and Investing Can Meet
In the days ahead, a side-by-side comparison between 8 years of the Obama-Biden Administration accomplishments will be compared and contrasted with what has occurred in about 3½ of Trump-Pence Administration.
Until then, just two pre-Covid19 graphics – one from left-of-center CNN, the other from right-of-center Fox – makes the point that the Trump Administration economic policies that some are calling all sorts of vile names produced a far better outcome than either Obama-Biden or Bush-Cheney.
Similarly, when it comes to international deals on trade or peace, the Obama-Biden Administration has a tough time when compared with what has occurred in less than ½ the time with team Trump-Pence.
It was just days ago that a peace deal between Kosovo and Serbia was announced.
A few days before that deal, was the UAE–Isreali peace deal.
In the wake of those announcements is this presidential tweet.
Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel pic.twitter.com/xMquRkGtpM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2020
Right-of-center Fox Business Network (FBN) said: “President Trump on Friday announced that Bahrain has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, another diplomatic win for the president coming after a similar agreement with the United Arab Emirates just last month.”
“This is really something special, very, very special,” FBN reported that Trump said in the Oval Office, predicting that the region “will become more secure and prosperous” as a result of the diplomatic moves.
The UAE-Israeli deal will be signed next week at a special White House ceremony. The new deal, according to a formal statement issued by the three nations, agreed to “the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region,” the joint statement said.
The statement said that Israel had affirmed that all Muslims may visit and pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and Jerusalem’s other holy sites will remain open for peaceful worshippers of all faiths.
The leaders of Israel and Bahrain praised President Trump for “his dedication to peace in the region, his focus on shared challenges, and the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to bringing their nations together.”
In the White House, POTUS Trump said that the timing of the new deal, coming on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks: “There’s no more powerful response to the hatred that spawned 9/11 than this agreement.”
The agreement makes Bahrain the fourth Arab country, after Egypt, Jordan and the UAE, to have full diplomatic ties with Israel. Reportedly other Arab nations are believed to be preparing to recognize Israel include Oman and Sudan.
In a call with reporters, White House adviser Jared Kushner – the president’s son-in-law, who is married to Ivanka Trump – stated that it took Israel 72 years to form its first two peace agreement. Now, there have been two more in the last 29 days — describing it as a sign that the region is changing.
Here is how Arsen Ostrovsky whose Twitter feed says he is an “Int’l Human Rights Lawyer & Political Analyst” described it in a retweet.
Israel waited 26 years to make peace with a 3rd Arab country and only 29 days to make peace with a 4th. Thanks to the leaders of 🇦🇪 and 🇧🇭 for this historic breakthrough and to @POTUS Trump for confronting 🇮🇷 and helping transform our region for the better. More to come!
— Amb. Ron Dermer (@AmbDermer) September 11, 2020
“We’re seeing the beginning of a new Middle East and the president has really secured alliances and partners in trying to pursue that,” Kushner said. Kushner is reportedly instrumental in aspects of the ground work leading up to these deals.
Kushner argued that POTUS Trump “operates from a position of strength,” which contrasts with the failure to enforcement of a red line against Syria by the Obama-Biden Administration.
Fox noted that the latest diplomatic victory for the White House came a week after the Trump Administration oversaw the signing of an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo that normalized economic relations between those nations. That deal included Kosovo recognizing Israel, and Serbia agreeing to move its embassy to Jerusalem — as the U.S. did with its embassy in 2017, another campaign promise made and kept by the Trump-Pence team.
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