The Spiritual Battle Behind This Year's State of the Union Address

The Spiritual Battle Behind This Year's State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump accepted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's invitation to give the State of the Union address on Feb. 5. It was a huge political victory after a long battle. Stephen Strang recently spoke with Perry Atkinson on his show, Focus Today, about his book Trump Aftershock, the State of the Union and the spiritual battle happening behind the scenes. Listen to learn more why the American people deserve to hear from President Trump.

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Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Perry Atkinson

 

President Donald Trump accepted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's invitation to give the State of the Union address on Feb. 5. It was a huge political victory after a long battle.

Stephen Strang recently spoke with Perry Atkinson on his show, Focus Today in Oregon, about Strang’s book Trump Aftershock, the State of the Union and the spiritual battle happening behind the scenes.

Listen to learn more why the American people deserve to hear from President Trump. For the rest of the interview, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Hello, America. This is Stephen Strang and welcome to the Strang Report. I'm continuing to talk to media around the country about Trump Aftershock, my newest book this week. I was on KDOV-TV in Oregon and did a Skype interview with them. They wanted to talk about the State of the Union address, which was scheduled for tonight, the day my newsletter goes out, January 29. But, the State of the Union has been postponed due to the government shutdown. They wanted to know if Donald Trump should do the State of the Union. You can listen to the actual interview right here in which I tell him that, absolutely, the president needs to talk to the American people. Here's the short interview I did with them. I'll be back at the end with a few closing thoughts.

 

Perry Atkinson: Stephen, good to see you again, friend. How are you bud?

 

Stephen Strang: Good morning, Perry. Good to be with you.

 

Perry Atkinson: First of all, do you think the State of the Union address is gonna get rescheduled?

 

Stephen Strang: Absolutely. Donald Trump isn't going to back down. He needs to speak to the American people and every president has done it. If he's going to stand his ground against Nancy Pelosi, it’s got to be a whole lot easier than the funding on the wall or even the government shutdown.

 

Perry Atkinson: Speaking of which, do you think he blinked on this deal? Or do you think this is part of his strategy to reopen government and get that portion of the argument off his back?

 

Stephen Strang: Who knows what's in the mind of Donald Trump? But I don't think that we can underestimate him. Everybody else plays checkers and he's playing chess, and a lot of the things he's done, even what he did with North Korea … remember him calling Kim Jong Un Little Rocket Man? It seemed crazy to a lot of people, he was roundly condemned. And there were people predicting the beginning of World War III. Look how he got him to the negotiating table. He is the master negotiator. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are not in his league in my opinion, and I document these kinds of things in Trump Aftershock; after his election, how the left actually went crazy so much so that they came up with this phrase called Trump Derangement Syndrome. But also, that in the first two years he's accomplished so much. If you watch the polls, his ratings are going up. I think the Democrats are really shooting themselves in the foot with the with the opposing him at every turn. It's most obvious when it's on issues that they have actually supported in the past but now object to merely because Donald Trump is supporting them.

 

Perry Atkinson: OK, so we’ve got this three-week window where they have negotiated to reopen the government under CR and, hopefully, they can figure out a way to maybe to move the whole argument of border security, which might include a wall. But in the meantime, he's got this three-week window and now the State of the Union address should go forward. What do you think he'll do? What do you think that will be the message of the president of the State of the Union address?

 

Donald Trump: The State of the Union address is an opportunity for the President to take his case directly to the American people. He speaks and America listens. Of course, there's always some kind of rebuttal afterwards by the other side, but the President can sell the American people on the importance of border security. I just read this weekend that his approval rating among Hispanics has gone up dramatically in the last few weeks where it's about 50 percent now. It was like 30 percent before. People assume that Hispanics all oppose the wall. but the legal immigrants who are here want border security to for all the same reasons we do; the crime rate and so forth. But, also the illegals drive down the rates for the legal immigrants who are here trying to make a living for themselves often at the low end of the wage scale and they compete for jobs. People see that. It's not like we're stopping immigration. All of us are the descendants of immigrants. We want immigrants. Our economy needs immigrants. But we need legal immigration. Every country in the world sets the standards for who can come in and who can't, including Canada. I've been to Canada several times and it was tougher to get through customs than it was going into the Soviet Union. They wanted to know every little thing about why I was there and when I was going to leave. It just showed me that other countries find it very important to guard their borders.

 

Perry Atkinson: So, what was interesting, we had a report earlier in our morning news that the President had met with a bunch of Hispanic pastors at the White House and when there was meeting was over, they were very strong and supportive of his policy is that relates to border security. But these are Hispanic pastors. Do you think the President, with his push for religious freedom and rights, is holding his approval rating among the faith community in the United States?

 

Stephen Strang: Oh, he is, absolutely. I know some of those Hispanic leaders. In fact, I'm on the board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Samuel Rodriguez, who actually was invited to pray at the inauguration, is a good friend of mine. I know behind the scenes that these leaders support Trump for the same reasons I do. He's against abortion, he's for traditional values, he's for making the economy strong. Among their constituency that is not always popular. So, I think they had been a little bit slow in articulating this publicly. But if you look at the election results, and I document this in Trump Aftershock as well, that of the Hispanic vote that he got, which was much higher than people were predicting, a big chunk of them were evangelical Christians and conservative Roman Catholics who supported Trump, even though the stereotype is that they vote Democratic every time. The truth is, they don't. So, I'm glad to see that he had this meeting. He actually listens to them. He made some of his policies during the campaign regarding immigration as a result of talking to some of these pastors such as Sam Rodriguez. The Hispanic community is interested in a lot more things than just immigration. They're interested in education and the economy and all these kinds of things to try to improve their standard of life in this country. Because they came to America for a reason, and most of them came legally.

 

Perry Atkinson: So your book Trump Aftershock, what do you want the takeaway to be?

 

Stephen Strang: Trump is hard to understand. And if you watch the secular media or read the newspapers, you do not get a clear picture. A lot of times, things don't add up. My book helps them to add up. There aerover 500 footnotes; there's a whole section that lists every one of his accomplishments in the first 500 days, word for word off the government website so we didn't embellish it or minimize it in any way. Also. to put in perspective about George Soros and some of the crazies that are on the other side that have an agenda to try to cripple this presidency. But he's strong and he's a disrupter. He's disrupting the status quo, the Deep State; I go into that, and my book will help people to understand we've got no pushback at all on the facts, the statistics. I like to say is very, very objective. But it is also a very good recitation of why Donald Trump is one of the best presidents we've ever had. I believe that history will remember him a whole lot more kindly than the media do in this country, day to day on their news reports.

 

Perry Atkinson: Given the media coverage, wouldn't you agree, given the argument that we've been in now for the last eight weeks or so over so many issues in this country and being so polarized, that we are clearly in a spiritual battle in this country?

 

Stephen Strang: Absolutely. As a Christian, I believe that and I emphasize this in Trump Aftershock too. I get the spiritual side. In fact, I told one of my staff that I almost wish I'd called the book God and The Trump Aftershock, because I'm telling the perspective of where is God in all of this. I did this in God and Donald Trump also. But listen, if you believe the Bible, the Bible tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood This is not against people. It is not one party against the other. It is between what I believe is actually good and evil. Is Donald Trump perfect? Of course not. But what politician is? He's standing for the kind of values that you and I believe in. He's strong for religious freedom. He stands up for Christians who are persecuted. Look what he did with this pastor who was in jail in Turkey. Any other president would let that poor man rot and jail and let the State Department deal with it at a low level. Trump made it an international incident, put sanctions on them and as a result their lira, which is their currency, plummeted, their stock market plummeted and the man was released. Look how he negotiated to get several Christians out of North Korea, including a pastor. These are just a couple of many, many examples where he has stood for the kinds of things that we believe in. And frankly, the other side doesn't stand for those kinds of things. They have decided that they don't like Donald Trump, they oppose Donald Trump. It doesn't matter what the issue is.

 

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Perry Atkinson

 

President Donald Trump accepted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's invitation to give the State of the Union address on Feb. 5. It was a huge political victory after a long battle.

Stephen Strang recently spoke with Perry Atkinson on his show, Focus Today in Oregon, about Strang’s book Trump Aftershock, the State of the Union and the spiritual battle happening behind the scenes.

Listen to learn more why the American people deserve to hear from President Trump. For the rest of the interview, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Hello, America. This is Stephen Strang and welcome to the Strang Report. I'm continuing to talk to media around the country about Trump Aftershock, my newest book this week. I was on KDOV-TV in Oregon and did a Skype interview with them. They wanted to talk about the State of the Union address, which was scheduled for tonight, the day my newsletter goes out, January 29. But, the State of the Union has been postponed due to the government shutdown. They wanted to know if Donald Trump should do the State of the Union. You can listen to the actual interview right here in which I tell him that, absolutely, the president needs to talk to the American people. Here's the short interview I did with them. I'll be back at the end with a few closing thoughts.

 

Perry Atkinson: Stephen, good to see you again, friend. How are you bud?

 

Stephen Strang: Good morning, Perry. Good to be with you.

 

Perry Atkinson: First of all, do you think the State of the Union address is gonna get rescheduled?

 

Stephen Strang: Absolutely. Donald Trump isn't going to back down. He needs to speak to the American people and every president has done it. If he's going to stand his ground against Nancy Pelosi, it’s got to be a whole lot easier than the funding on the wall or even the government shutdown.

 

Perry Atkinson: Speaking of which, do you think he blinked on this deal? Or do you think this is part of his strategy to reopen government and get that portion of the argument off his back?

 

Stephen Strang: Who knows what's in the mind of Donald Trump? But I don't think that we can underestimate him. Everybody else plays checkers and he's playing chess, and a lot of the things he's done, even what he did with North Korea … remember him calling Kim Jong Un Little Rocket Man? It seemed crazy to a lot of people, he was roundly condemned. And there were people predicting the beginning of World War III. Look how he got him to the negotiating table. He is the master negotiator. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are not in his league in my opinion, and I document these kinds of things in Trump Aftershock; after his election, how the left actually went crazy so much so that they came up with this phrase called Trump Derangement Syndrome. But also, that in the first two years he's accomplished so much. If you watch the polls, his ratings are going up. I think the Democrats are really shooting themselves in the foot with the with the opposing him at every turn. It's most obvious when it's on issues that they have actually supported in the past but now object to merely because Donald Trump is supporting them.

 

Perry Atkinson: OK, so we’ve got this three-week window where they have negotiated to reopen the government under CR and, hopefully, they can figure out a way to maybe to move the whole argument of border security, which might include a wall. But in the meantime, he's got this three-week window and now the State of the Union address should go forward. What do you think he'll do? What do you think that will be the message of the president of the State of the Union address?

 

Donald Trump: The State of the Union address is an opportunity for the President to take his case directly to the American people. He speaks and America listens. Of course, there's always some kind of rebuttal afterwards by the other side, but the President can sell the American people on the importance of border security. I just read this weekend that his approval rating among Hispanics has gone up dramatically in the last few weeks where it's about 50 percent now. It was like 30 percent before. People assume that Hispanics all oppose the wall. but the legal immigrants who are here want border security to for all the same reasons we do; the crime rate and so forth. But, also the illegals drive down the rates for the legal immigrants who are here trying to make a living for themselves often at the low end of the wage scale and they compete for jobs. People see that. It's not like we're stopping immigration. All of us are the descendants of immigrants. We want immigrants. Our economy needs immigrants. But we need legal immigration. Every country in the world sets the standards for who can come in and who can't, including Canada. I've been to Canada several times and it was tougher to get through customs than it was going into the Soviet Union. They wanted to know every little thing about why I was there and when I was going to leave. It just showed me that other countries find it very important to guard their borders.

 

Perry Atkinson: So, what was interesting, we had a report earlier in our morning news that the President had met with a bunch of Hispanic pastors at the White House and when there was meeting was over, they were very strong and supportive of his policy is that relates to border security. But these are Hispanic pastors. Do you think the President, with his push for religious freedom and rights, is holding his approval rating among the faith community in the United States?

 

Stephen Strang: Oh, he is, absolutely. I know some of those Hispanic leaders. In fact, I'm on the board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Samuel Rodriguez, who actually was invited to pray at the inauguration, is a good friend of mine. I know behind the scenes that these leaders support Trump for the same reasons I do. He's against abortion, he's for traditional values, he's for making the economy strong. Among their constituency that is not always popular. So, I think they had been a little bit slow in articulating this publicly. But if you look at the election results, and I document this in Trump Aftershock as well, that of the Hispanic vote that he got, which was much higher than people were predicting, a big chunk of them were evangelical Christians and conservative Roman Catholics who supported Trump, even though the stereotype is that they vote Democratic every time. The truth is, they don't. So, I'm glad to see that he had this meeting. He actually listens to them. He made some of his policies during the campaign regarding immigration as a result of talking to some of these pastors such as Sam Rodriguez. The Hispanic community is interested in a lot more things than just immigration. They're interested in education and the economy and all these kinds of things to try to improve their standard of life in this country. Because they came to America for a reason, and most of them came legally.

 

Perry Atkinson: So your book Trump Aftershock, what do you want the takeaway to be?

 

Stephen Strang: Trump is hard to understand. And if you watch the secular media or read the newspapers, you do not get a clear picture. A lot of times, things don't add up. My book helps them to add up. There aerover 500 footnotes; there's a whole section that lists every one of his accomplishments in the first 500 days, word for word off the government website so we didn't embellish it or minimize it in any way. Also. to put in perspective about George Soros and some of the crazies that are on the other side that have an agenda to try to cripple this presidency. But he's strong and he's a disrupter. He's disrupting the status quo, the Deep State; I go into that, and my book will help people to understand we've got no pushback at all on the facts, the statistics. I like to say is very, very objective. But it is also a very good recitation of why Donald Trump is one of the best presidents we've ever had. I believe that history will remember him a whole lot more kindly than the media do in this country, day to day on their news reports.

 

Perry Atkinson: Given the media coverage, wouldn't you agree, given the argument that we've been in now for the last eight weeks or so over so many issues in this country and being so polarized, that we are clearly in a spiritual battle in this country?

 

Stephen Strang: Absolutely. As a Christian, I believe that and I emphasize this in Trump Aftershock too. I get the spiritual side. In fact, I told one of my staff that I almost wish I'd called the book God and The Trump Aftershock, because I'm telling the perspective of where is God in all of this. I did this in God and Donald Trump also. But listen, if you believe the Bible, the Bible tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood This is not against people. It is not one party against the other. It is between what I believe is actually good and evil. Is Donald Trump perfect? Of course not. But what politician is? He's standing for the kind of values that you and I believe in. He's strong for religious freedom. He stands up for Christians who are persecuted. Look what he did with this pastor who was in jail in Turkey. Any other president would let that poor man rot and jail and let the State Department deal with it at a low level. Trump made it an international incident, put sanctions on them and as a result their lira, which is their currency, plummeted, their stock market plummeted and the man was released. Look how he negotiated to get several Christians out of North Korea, including a pastor. These are just a couple of many, many examples where he has stood for the kinds of things that we believe in. And frankly, the other side doesn't stand for those kinds of things. They have decided that they don't like Donald Trump, they oppose Donald Trump. It doesn't matter what the issue is.

 

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

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The Spiritual Battle Behind This Year's State of the Union Address