Like many Americans, I didn’t know what to expect from Donald Trump’s first joint address to Congress, but he hit it out of the ballpark.  The speech was a close to perfect as the grassroots could have hoped for.  It was Presidential, disciplined, strong on substance, and reinforced all the promises he’s made previously: he wants to repeal Obamacare, secure the border, bring back jobs and grow the economy.  Though there are things that conservatives do not like… such as massive infrastructure spending.  But this was just a speech and the devil is in the details. 

Succinctly, he wants to put America, and Americans, first.

And the grassroots like what they heard. 

This speech threw down the gauntlet.  Though we know the Democrats will whine, cry, and oppose, we aren’t quite as sure about what the Republicans will do.  (Note to Republicans, now that we have a “do something President,” we aren’t going to stand for a “do nothing” Congress.”)

Also, I have to point out the most loving, compassionate moment since Ronald Reagan began bringing guests to the State of the Union speech. Only one month after her husband died in a raid in Yemen, Carryn Owens was one of President Trump’s honored guests.

“Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity,” he said to the widow of the Navy SEAL.

Widow of slain Navy SEAL receives standing ovation during felt the love of America around her tonight.

That moment is one I’ll never forget. God bless this great country that creates such heroes. Let’s never forget their sacrifice.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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