Getting the real hope back–United IE Conservative Conference Protecting the American Dream





Michael Greer

Michael Greer

By Michael Greer

I got up at 5:00am on Saturday morning, and drove two hours to Riverside for a conference. It was well worth the trip. I must congratulate the United Inland Empire Conservative Conference. They are a group of Tea Parties and conservative clubs that only just joined together this year. They were able to put together a program that was both informative and entertaining. The Los Angeles area Tea Parties and conservative clubs could learn from their example.

I haven’t been to an event with so many of our favorite conservative speakers. Not only Ann Coulter, but also Dinesh D’Souza, and Guy Benson, Kurt Schlichter, Stephen Kruiser, Tony Katz, Evan Sayet and Brad Dacus.

Ann Coulter,

Ann Coulter,

I’ve lived in Los Angeles too long, and have forgotten what small town America is like. Most of the people who attended this conference were from cities and towns in the Inland Empire. People approached me, introduced themselves, started conversations. There were over five hundred attendees, and they were active and enthusiastic. I didn’t meet anyone who was “burned out” or pessimistic. Not only weren’t they willing to give up and give in, they had just begun to fight. I came away from this event feeling more hopeful than I have in a long time.

The program started with a panel that included James Poulos (writer, lawyer, rocker), Ben Judge from the Claremont Institute, and Owen Brennan from Madison McQueen Publications. They spoke about the problems we are facing.

Brad Dacus from the Pacific Justice Institute followed. He told us some of the important legal actions they have taken against the government. One of them is the fight against the trans-gender bathrooms and dressing rooms which are being forced on our kids in public schools.

Tim Donnelly spoke next. I’ve heard him speak numerous times as he campaigns across the state. I like what he says, I think he’d be a good Governor, but I don’t think he has a hope in hell of being elected. I’m afraid no Republican can be elected. Our state legislature just keeps finding new goodies to hand out. Republicans can never win the “free goodies” war without completely giving up the Rule of Law, the Constitution, and our principles.

Guy Benson from Townhall spoke after Tim. He talked about the importance of social media and public commentary. He pointed out how Andrew Breitbart changed the way people get news.

After a mid-morning break, there was a panel consisting of Kurt Schlichter, Stephen Kruiser, and Tony Katz–and  all hell broke loose. As each panelist would pace the stage with free form commentary on the leftist agenda, the others whipped out pads of paper on which they wrote hashtags that either supported or mocked the speaker.

Pete Peterson, a Republican candidate for Secretary of State, said why he specifically wanted to do that job, as opposed to using it as a stepping stone. He was followed by Woody Woodrum, who addressed the forming of the Tea Party California Caucus, which works within the Republican party in an effort to bring it back to its original principles.

Linda Paine from Election Integrity Project told us of the progress made by her group. Besides observing the polls and reporting irregularities, they have been verifying the voter rolls. They found more than 30,000 voters registered more than once ~ some registered as many as five times! They also found 18,000 dead people who have been voting. In the 2012 election, an extremely high number of people voted “provisionally”. Is this voter fraud? Yes, it does exist, and in numbers that can change an election.

Pastor Jack Hibbs from Calvary Chapel Chino Hills led us in prayer for our country. We can never forget the importance religious freedom has on our liberty and our founding. Pastor Hibbs said when people ask him if he’s heard of “separation of church and state” he replies, “no, I haven’t, point it out”. He said that the media can tell a million people a lie, but a million of us can each tell one person the truth. So, we all need to tell the truth, even if we think no one is listening.

Evan Sayet followed, with his always intelligent and entertaining look at leftist thinking. He said the left has turned “thinking” into a hate crime.  So thinking is something they will not do. The left calls America a “colonial power”, but after WWII we had so much power, we could have taken over the world, but we didn’t even take over Canada! The left condemns us for using two-thirds of the world’s energy–because we have plugs!

The day’s event ended with Dinesh D’Sousa. After a standing ovation, he showed us a clip of his new movie, and spoke about what a threat Obama is to this 2016country, and how terrifying it is to have your government coming after you. He talked about how this administration encourages people to look to government to solve their problems. He said that people need to look to themselves first: what can they do to improve their own lives.  Work harder, or go back to school? If that isn’t enough, then they can go to their family–how can they help? If that still isn’t enough, the communities and the churches are always ready to provide support. Government should only  be the very last resort. Two days later, Dinesh pleaded guilty to violating the campaign contribution law. Was this, as Valerie Jarret promised, “payback” for his “2016” movie? What do you think?


Michael Greer 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.  Her website is:

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Donald Dix


Thank you for the terrific re-cap and review of the Unite IE Conservative Conference. As one of the organizers, I can tell you that the response from attendees exceeded, and in fact, blew out our expectations…and their response told the story you touched on in the third paragraph. Not a single person we spoke with had anything but praise for the day. The common thread that ran through their comments was that it was about time that something like this took place locally. All felt encouraged by the message and were anxious for a reprise next year.

In fact, there were several ‘seasoned’ conservative conference goers that told us they had planned to leave early, but were riveted to their seats and quickly concluded they would be staying for the duration.

As you mentioned, the Unite IE effort began just last summer. During the initial months, we found that leaders throughout the IE were eager to gather together…they felt like they were alone and operating like ‘pockets of resistance’ in their communities. Our stated purpose as a Coalition was to share and resolve our common challenges as leaders of community groups, network our group’s events and resources, and strategize on ways to reach the ‘low hanging fruit’ in our communities to grow our groups.

The real surprise was that these leaders were eager to work together… that we could achieve much more than our solo efforts. From this, the idea of the Conservative Conference was born. Clearly, without the support of KTIE 590AM, we couldn’t have produced an event of this caliber…they brought resources to the table that would have taken us years to develop. They were a dream come true partner.

As conservatives, we must constructively assess the lessons we learned from the 2008 and 2012 elections and simply acknowledge that we were out ‘organized’. The left does one thing we conservatives MUST do, or we will loose the ‘culture war’. They are able to set aside their minor ideological differences and work together to accomplish their goals anchored in their common shared principles. Conservatives have a major challenge with this.

The other lesson is that the tools of the ‘trade’ have shifted to frontiers most are unfamiliar with, and somewhat intimidated by: social media and technology. If we don’t embrace and master these tools, we will continue to suffer defeats both at the ballot box and the legislative process.

One major area of encouragement we must focus on is a point that Dinesh brought up. He relates the conversation he had with Bill Ayers after their debate. Dinesh asked how many students were involved with SDS, and the faction of that group Ayres created called the Weather Underground on the University of Michigan campu. Ayers said that at the height of their activities, there were only 350 students involved. The point Dinesh made was that only 350 students (and in reality, only a small part of that number were actively engaged) were able to completely change the culture of that campus and campuses across the country.

The Unite IE Conservative Conference is proof of Dinesh’s point: only a small number of highly organized conservatives are necessary to protect our values and push back the tidal wave of progressivism in our Country. We had a core group of 7 and were able to pull off what many felt was the best gathering they had ever attended. Who knows…maybe this was the spark needed to ignite conservative activism.

Yes, we need more people to engage, but not the huge number that some of us envision. And we DO need to be much better organized and effective.

Another pleasant surprise from the conference was the interest by attendees for follow up training. We had Mary Baker at the conference who out of her activism, has developed a training called Citizen Ninja. In her words it’s “is a workshop designed for conservative Americans who recognize they have a duty to engage in the civic process but are unsure how to go about it or are fearful of bully tactics being used against them”. Basically, it teaches conservatives how to talk about our values in a civil, convincing and effective manner.

Thanks again for joining us for the conference, for your review of the event, and the space here to post a reply.