When I attended my first tea party rally in Michigan on the Capital steps it was a dark time. When you live in a liberal bastion such as Michigan often you can feel like the last conservative in the state. My wife (black republican!) and I are both veterans and feel increasingly lost as our country descends into the realm of the banana republic and I need a place to air political views. Facebook and twitter only bring negativity and we are positive people. Thanks for having us as a part of the community!