I’m glad Saturday came and went. “The First Hundred Days” is a nice gimmick for talking heads on television, but it means nothing in the real world. Pundits say that the first three months set the tone for what’s to come in a Presidential administration, but politics have been so volatile and unpredictable, it hardly seems like a good indicator of, well, anything. With President Trump, it’s safe to say that there’s no guarantee that the first hundred days will bear any resemblance to the next, or the next after that.

Though I don’t care about any false litmus test, I do care about our nation and the grassroots activists that truly make America great already. I wish you had a chance to meet them like I do as I go all over the country, from state to state. These people aren’t just “likely voters,” they’re 100% voters. They’re the ones who get up early and knock on doors for a candidate or a cause. The ones who donate their hard earned money to a candidate, hoping the politician won’t cause them to regret it. They’re the ones who influence their friends, family, and community with their well-developed political ideas. The people who talk most eloquently at the dinner table about the news, the ones who keep tabs on what our leaders are doing versus what they are saying. They’re the Americans who might have patriotic bumper stickers on their cars, and definitely have patriotism in their hearts. Even though people in their communities pay a disproportionate amount of attention to these “grassroots activists,” the media doesn’t. Maybe that’s why almost media outlet was shocked and confused at the outcome of the 2016 Presidential contest.

Due to the massive grassroots network the Convention of States and Citizens for Self-Governance has activated, I was able to find out how thousands of real American, grassroots activists feel after Trump’s first hundred days. The grassroots are generally pleased with the President’s attempts to keep his promises, but they believe he’s been thwarted by an implacable Congress, out of control courts, and unaccountable career bureaucrats. They believe he’s dramatically and quickly repositioned the U.S. as a force for good in the world, appointed an outstanding Supreme Court Justice, rolled back strangling regulations and worked to return power to the states. His staunchest supporters are pleased, and his more reluctant supporters seem to be coming his way. They want the wall built; nothing short of actual brick and mortar will satisfy that expectation.

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About The Author

Mark Meckler

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.