United IE Conservative Conference
Protecting the American Dream
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.
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, now that California is a Latino-majority state. Our state legislature just keeps finding new goodies to hand out to illegal aliens. 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, spoke about why he specifically wanted to do that job, as opposed to using it as a stepping stone. He was followed by Woody Woodrum, who spoke about 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 spoke about 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! We have technology that needs to be plugged in. The left says the Sudanese don’t have cable… Maybe it’s because while they were beheading people, one of them was the cable guy.
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 the threat Obama is to this country, 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 ever 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??