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But this election cycle was more than that.

We traditional, conservative Americans started paying closer attention. We realized that despite the liberal media’s portrayal of us, we’re not alone, we’re not stupid, we’re not unsophisticated and we’re not victims. We’re patriots.

We’re not just rejecting the Obama agenda. We’re asserting the principles upon which our nation was founded — the constitutional framework that protects us from government intrusion and allows us to enjoy the blessings of liberty.

This election cycle has reminded us that we don’t want to be “fundamentally transformed.”

With such a vital lesson to learn, it’s been one continuous teachable moment around our house.

Contact Marybeth Hicks at marybeth@marybethhicks.com.