Dinner with Heather MacDonald — The War On Cops

By Michael Greer

Heather MacDonald has been making the rounds of radio talk shows and cable opinion shows to talk about her book, “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe”.  MacDonald is a Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, and other publications.


Heather had recently spoken at the David Horowitz Four Season’s luncheon.  A board member of American Freedom Alliance arranged for a few of us to have dinner with her before she left Los Angeles.  The group included myself, four other American Freedom Alliance board members, three UCLA students, a woman who had come all the way from Sacramento to meet Heather and a three others.  We had two tables of six.  I sat across from Heather and when I was introduced as the President of AFA, she said she had a question for me. She said David Horowitz’s group seemed well funded and well organized and she wondered what AFA did that  separated us from the Horowitz organization.

I told her that AFA and Horowitz support each other’s events but that Horowitz focuses on issues of concern to the Jewish community and Israel, which, of course, include issues of concern to most of us.  Although, many issues overlap, AFA has a broader focus.  We are concerned with the threats to Western civilization. I explained that although we both address the Islamification of the West, AFA also addresses the tyranny of Climate Change, Global Governance, and the Progressive bias of our Universities and media.

I went on to explain Horowitz generally has one-speaker events and a once a year resort retreat with many Conservative speakers.  American Freedom Alliance has international conferences once or twice a year with a specific theme where we bring in speakers from around the world.  We have Literary Café’s with authors and Gateway Cinema where we screen films that cover our issues.  Heather was very interested in the various ways we addressed the issues and our focus of preserving Western Civilization.

I assume the people I meet at Horowitz events are like-minded because most are. Many attend AFA events and other Conservative events around the city.  That’s why I was so surprised while speaking to a lovely couple over dinner at a recent event.  They asked me what issues were most important to me. When I said one of them was the fraud of global warming, they couldn’t believe I didn’t think man was destroying the planet or that fossil fuels were evil.  They asked me if I knew of the Organization of Concerned Scientists.  I told them, yes, I was aware that they are well funded by Liberal organizations and their opinions are based more on a political ideology than science.  That was a conversation killer.

Heather agreed there is room for more not fewer groups that bring truth and clarity to the very real threats to our traditions and culture.  “The War on Cops” is certainly one of them.  We spoke about the damage being done with the false narrative that the police are “out to get” Blacks.  The police are there to enforce the law.  If people of any race or color obey the law there is little reason to fear the police.  Most police officers retire without ever using their gun in the line of duty.  Police Officers are human beings, they have families and friends and they want to go home at night just like the rest of us.

We have a President who supports the Black Lives Matter movement and encourages this distrust of the police.  The entire narrative is not based on facts.  Young Black men aren’t prosecuted more because of racism, they are prosecuted more because they commit more crimes.  Young Black men commit homicides at ten times the rate of Whites and Latino’s combined.  In New York, Blacks are 23% of the population but commit 75% of the shootings.  A whopping 95% of “Failure to Comply” charges are against Blacks.  All of the recent highly publicized police shootings have involved men not complying with police orders.

Recently, one of the most vocal anti-police activists was given “Use-of-Force” training by the police to show him what police encounter everyday.  Every Black Lives Matter member should be required to watch this video:

Activist critical of police undergoes use of force scenarios


We’ve seen protests all across the country after police officers have been accused of shooting people who aren’t armed. Jarrett Maupin, a vocal critic of police …

Heather was a fascinating woman to have dinner with.  I’m so impressed by women willing to speak truth to power, especially when the truth they speak isn’t popular.  Heather has so thoroughly researched the subjects she speaks about, her critics can’t argue with the facts, so they typically attack the messenger.

Heather was gracious, engaging and endlessly curious about what motivated her dinner companions.  After our main course, she switched tables and spoke with those at the other table.  When we could no longer justify taking up space in the restaurant, we went outside and still couldn’t tear ourselves away.

Great food, great conversations, great companions, a great dinner with Heather.


Michael GreerMichael Greer retired from the film/television industry and is the co-organizer of the Santa Monica Tea Party and the Los Angeles Tea Party, on the board of directors of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights and was a member of the Republican Central Committee for the 41st Assembly District.  She is also president of American Freedom Alliance.  Her website is:  http://madderthanhell.wordpress.com/

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