“Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.” The words of Jerry Garcia are today taking on new meaning for us Tea Partiers.
For the seven years we have been working for truly conservative values, the Tea Party Movement has been minimized, marginalized, vilified, denigrated and assaulted.
Yet through it all, we have, unlike the paid members of Occupy, again and again risen to our task. Slowly but surely we have muscled up, put our heads down and turned what was a Democrat majority in the US House and Senate to a Republican majority. Just as significant, we worked with other grass-rooters to increase majorities of governorships from 31 to 33 and to win more than 900 state legislative seats that have switched hands from Democrat to Republican since 2009. Republicans now control both legislative chambers in 32 states, compared to 13 for Democrats.
And then, the pièce de résistance: Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton! And the Russians made it happen? Well, not exactly.
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