What Is A “Treeper” ? A Welcome For New Guests

The Conservative Tree House may be called a Last Refuge for each of us for different reasons. Whatever trail through the woods brought us here, we have shared the turmoil of storms as we have been finding our voices as individuals in this growing community

Perhaps you’ve had some truly shockingly cruel things said to you purely because you believe in limited government and fiscal conservatism. Perhaps you not only believe that we should be self-reliant and personally responsible, but also believe that when we are allowed to depend on ourselves, we are stronger, more successful, take greater pride in ourselves and our work, and are more likely to make positive contributions to society. And then we are happier people, or at least more likely to be happier.

Which lends to the following theory: Fear is at the core of liberalism, and love/trust is at the core of conservatism. Liberalism is about control. Conservatism is about self-empowerment.

Control is a reaction to fear. Think in terms of politics and society – the fear behind liberalism is the fear that someone might withhold things (opportunities, money, whatever) from me, fear that if you live your life in a way I dislike that it might affect my life, fear that if you get that job, there will be nothing left for me. Fear that if you make tons of money, it’s means there’s less money out there for me. So people who believe in liberal ideologies seek control as a means of trying to create guarantees and safeguards against those circumstances they fear. Liberals try to control the world and people to enable their comfort and happiness. Which, as we know, is an endless quest. Trying to control others does nothing in the way of making oneself happy. By extension, voting in this mindset so that government can try to control others will also – shocking – not lead to a happier, more comfortable life.

The conservative (and moderate, independent, but for the sake of expediency, the conservative), on the other hand, relies on himself to meet his own needs. And the trade off of being free to live his life as he wishes is also understanding that he has to make peace with how you live yours. By extension, aware that he wants to be able to hold onto this liberty and freedom forever, the conservative votes accordingly, so that everyone can remain free and in charge of his or her own life.

But here’s the crucial difference, perhaps, particularly where misery on the left stems: The conservative does not worry, so to speak, about you. The conservative knows that you were born with the same access to self-love, self-empowerment, self-determination and self-reliance that we all were, no matter the circumstances into which you were born. (Think about the millions of people this country has allowed to crawl up from poverty into prosperity – the conservative KNOWS this is possible.) And the conservative believes that if you want prosperity, or a good job, or a good education, you can make it happen – but you have to work hard. The conservative hopes and intends that the free markets bring you all of the affordable and positive opportunities and resources that you need. The conservative also knows that on the other side of that hard work is great reward – material and, more importantly, emotional, spiritual and mental.

The conservative understands that not only is it a waste of time to try to control you, it’s actually impossible. Humans were born to be free. And if we put a roadblock in front of you, you’ll find another way around it. So we see attempts at control as a waste of resources, energy and time at best, and at worst, creating detrimental results that serve to hinder people’s upward mobility or teach dependence. We see much more efficiency, as well as endless opportunity, in leaving you to your own devices. And we want the same in return.

This is where democrats mis-view republicans as heartless. But really, the conservative believes that there is one and one path only to sustainable success and independence – and that is self-empowerment. All other avenues – welfare, affirmative action, housing loans you can’t actually afford – ultimately risk doing a disservice to people as they teach dependence on special circumstances, the govt, or arbitrary assistance (that can disappear tomorrow). And the real danger – they will ALWAYS backfire, and leave the recipient in equally or more dire circumstances. Any false improvement will always expire.

The conservative believes in abundance. The liberal believes in scarcity.

The conservative believes man is born free and will be who he is, no matter what arbitrary limitations or rules are put on him. The liberal believes man is perfectible, and by extension, believes a society at large is perfectible, and command and control is justified in the quest to a “perfect” utopian society. (Sounds familiar!)

The conservative tends to be more faithful – and not necessarily in God, but in the ability of the individual to find great strength in himself (or from his God) to get what he needs and to be successful. Therefore the conservative has an outlet for his fear and disappointment – trust and faith in something bigger. The liberal believes the system must be perfected in order to enable success. Therefore disappointment is channeled as anger and blame at the system. Voids are left to be filled by faith in the govt, which they surely then want to come in and “fix” things.

And therein lies the roots of love and fear respectively. For the conservative, when life presents great struggles, he knows he has the power to surmount them. Happiness stems from internal strength and perseverance. For the liberal, when life presents great struggles, the system failed, therefore they were at the mercy of a faulty system, and they believe that only when the system is fixed can their life improve. Happiness is built on systemic contingencies, which they will then seek to control or expect someone else to.

One blames himself. The other blames anyone and everyone but himself.

And there it is. There’s where the meanness comes from. The liberal ideology causes that person to cast anger at the world when things go wrong or appear “unfair.” He constantly chooses only to see the “injustices” – and that makes for a very miserable, mean, blame-casting existence.

One last point that we have seen over and over and over with many (not all) of our liberal friends: Extreme stinginess and cheapness.

In our conservative community growing up, we were always taught that you give when people are in need – make donations to the Red Cross when there’s an earthquake, donate to charity when you can afford it, etc. Even if it’s just $50 here and there – it’s the right thing to do. Conservatives see this as the responsibility that comes with gaining from the capitalistic system; if you happen to benefit greatly from the system, it’s your duty to give back.

The liberal, on the other hand, does not seem to share this same viewpoint, at least not in my experience. And perhaps think this is linked to believing in scarcity, and that your dollar comes at the cost of mine. So it seems that liberals, on some level of consciousness, feel guilty about not being voluntarily charitable. Therefore, to write off their guilt, they outsource their “generosity” to the government by voting for wealth re-distributive policies. Thus, the liberal cheats himself of the joy and addictiveness of direct generosity. (Not to mention – re distributive policies ALWAYS end up dis-empowering those who they’re meant to help.)

However each of us got here, it’s probably a fact that we have the turmoil of those storms in common, perhaps some unease that we could share and always, we also find fresh ground to cover from day to day. We’re developing valuable relationships as we trust one another in our community in the woods. The chatting in the branches encourages, strengthens and equips for some serious walking.

We think the Treehouse is a good armory for those who doing long distance walking for the sake of our nation. We hope you’ll think so, too. Find yourself a good branch….or just pull up a rock to the campfire.

“The reason ya’ll are assembled here ain’t because of the likes of me. It’s because ya’ll like each others company. Each of you enjoys a little community of peeps, and you’ll share your flashlights on the path so each can find their way safely. Look to your left, and your right, and you’ll find a great friend to lean on, laugh with, and cherish. That is what brought you to this place. Remember that. Sometimes things seem weird, and uncomfy, and yes at times a good screamin’ is needed, it clears the air. Like sittin’ on the porch listenin’ to the neighbors have at each other, it can be unsettling. But, if you know em’ well, you know that is just life, and tomorrow they might just be listenin’ to your version.” …. - Sundance

Auntie Lib once said:

“The conversational nature of this whole blog is wonderful. Really – coming here is like sitting down in a room with a bunch of friends. The chatter ranges from serious to silly, from educational and informative to just plain fun and entertaining. We laugh, we cry, we pray, we share. That’s THE recipe for friendship in my book – and I consider you all my friends. I love you all!”

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22 Responses to What Is A “Treeper” ? A Welcome For New Guests

  1. zmalfoy says:

    Stopping by this morning, as my class nears its end. . . It was quite nice to see and read this again! How I miss hanging out here, and how I look forward to doing so again once I get back from Chicago!

    • WeeWeed says:

      We miss ya, Z! :D

    • texan59 says:

      Don’t forget to wash all that funk from Chicago off when you get back. They’s nasty in that city. You’s nice. :D

      • WeeWeed says:

        Umm-hmmm! What T said!

      • zmalfoy says:

        Aw, Tex! Doncha worry, none. . . I’ve visiting dear friends for the Baptism of their miracle baby, a sweet little girl who all the smart sciency-folk said could never even be concieved. (Ha, shows what they know!! )Anyway, I’m takin’ the train Friday, after class ends, and am coming back on the train too, so I’ll have a nice amount of time to wash the Chicago out of my hair. . . lol. And, honestly, having visited a few times before. . . not nearly as dirty as New Orleans. . . need to be irradiated after that town, lol . . .

        • texan59 says:

          I’z just kiddin’ (sort of). When I was a much younger tyke, we lived a couple hours from Chi-Town. When it was run by Old-Man Daley. A much tighter ship back then. Lots of neat things for sure. Just joshing you. Enjoy! :D

          • stellap says:

            Old-man Daley had style, and certainly did run a tight ship. He was a corrupt Dem, but he gave the citizens of Chicago value for their tax dollars. I remember that he told the Dept of Education to stuff their money when they started telling him how to run the Chicago Schools. Of course, there was the famous order to the police, “Shoot to kill looters” during the 1967 riot. You know, he is now credited with preserving the neighborhoods in the black community – stores and other infrastructure – which were lost in cities like Detroit.

            • texan59 says:

              I was at a Bears game he was attending. When he got up to leave, they stopped the game for a couple minutes. :)

            • Good point, Stella. I’m not a huge fan of the Daleys, but his action during those riots really did save the city while others were left in ruins. Let us hope that mayors across the country remember his lesson this summer when the Occupy 2.0 riots really start. Probably won’t, though.

              • Aussie says:

                does that include firebombing the neighbourhood? Because there was a mayor either from Philly or just outside who did that when I was living in the USA.

                • stellap says:

                  I have no idea. It wasn’t Chicago. The riots we’re talking about took place in the late 1960’s.

                  • Aussie says:

                    this was an incident when I was living in Fairborn in 1984-85. The mayor actually firebombed the neighbourhood because the people were so out of control.

                    I do remember going through the outskirts of Philly, and for the first time actual felt afraid to the point of telling my children to lock the car doors. We were travelling, not stopping but I did not like that spot….

    • stellap says:

      Hope you are having fun there! Chicago can be a fun city (despite what Tex says).

    • texan59 says:

      I hear there’s a transformational religious tour there. You can visit the churches of Rev. Wright, Father Pfleger, and 2-J, along with the shrine of the immaculate dear leader. What an elnightening tour that would be. sarc/ :evil:

  2. jodark says:

    I was led to this blog yesterday by a friend who posted your Trayvon Update #10. From what I’ve read so far, I’ll be spending a lot of time here in the future because of the outstanding quality of the content. I am a Breitbart devotee and have actively seeking other sources of his influence

    Your Trayvon/Zimmerman articles are magnificent in the scope and detail in which they eviscerate the Narrative that has been sold by the seditious media.

  3. mkm19602000 says:

    You are all amazing! Keep givning it to Martin, Fulton, Crump et al. Make them pay, no one has the right to do what they have done to anyone. George Zimmerman may have money after this is over but nothing will ever compensate for the losses that he has suffered. Keep up the good work, Good on you(all).

  4. Enough says:

    I love it here because people use a rational thought process and there are not libs running around spouting off MSNBC and CNN talking points; arguing for the sake or arguing and making false statements. I can read for hours without liberals raising my BP to stroke levels.

    Thank you all for the wonderful site.

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