About Us

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 or 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.

185 Responses to About Us

  1. momseesall says:

    What a refreshing site! I can’t say I agree with everything said but I totally support your right to say it. Free speech is so difficult for some people to accept graciously. I’ll be dropping by regularly…with almost 400 declared candidates for the 2016 presidential election, there will be no end to the material you’ll have to dissect.

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    • Crask says:

      Google, the owner of Chrome, is founded and run by a left wing Obama supporter who has already been on the news a few times for their practices of archiving and selling of their users online habits and fully cooperates with NSA spying efforts.

      So, maybe there’s malware from a hacker that hacked the site, or maybe the left just wants conservative sites seem bad.

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  3. rochellewhit says:

    What a good read! I can’t say I agree with everything, but I do believe you are on the right track. As a hard core Libertarian myself, you actually express many of my views under the realm of Conservatism. Either way, I will definitely be back to read more. Very enjoyable thus far.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hi, Rochelle – as a longtime Treeper and also a hardcore Libertarian myself, I think you will enjoy this site tremendously.


  5. George says:

    Lol I almost couldn’t get through it love and trust…
    I believe in the individual part, I’ve worked for Everything I have and yup proud of it. But dam you cons gave me a run around for being gay and wanting to live My way. But I guess most of that is over after the court.

    Anyway I agree with some

    Liked by 1 person

    • stella says:

      Nobody cares if you are gay. Not everybody here is even against gay marriage. I am, though, and it is because it is an attempt to officially redefine what marriage always has been and what it is. Gay marriage is a sad imitation of the real thing. Regardless of what you think, I have the same right to my own opinion as you do.

      We have regular commenters who are gay, and at least one of them is against gay marriage. Not a legal partnership, but marriage.

      Liked by 5 people

      • George says:

        You are right we each have a right to an opinion and we don’t have to like it or care about it. I personally am glad the court ended it, I understand you’re not, ok.
        Great other gays comment and they have a right to their opinion. As for the anti marriage gay… Does he ever plan on getting married? If so does that make him a hypocrite? His right tho


    • Jayben says:

      What is it with gay people. —–EVERYTHING is about their gaiy-ness. —-It always gets brought up above everything else, just like this poster George did. —Maybe they should raise their heads and along with it their gaze—up from their sex parts, and out at the larger world, the large universe, larger, much larger issues REALITIES.

      Liked by 3 people

  6. George says:

    Good for him


  7. freeperjim says:

    Excellent expose on why conservatism is ALWAYS superior to leftism under all of its’ brand names. Leftism is the home of evil – from communist dicktators to racists…and responsible for > 200 million deaths in the 20th century.

    Leftism always fails – economically, morally & culturally.

    Leftists simply lack the intellectual gravitas to grasp this reality.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Crask says:

      They don’t lack the intellect to see it, they are simply the people who prefer to allow others to do their thinking for them.

      And in their own arrogant self-perceived moral superiority, they can’t consider themselves capable of being fooled like us who they are superior too. Thus, they become even more easily programmed and controlled.


  8. Peter Shinn says:

    How can you have a page titled “about us” and it’s not about you? Who is Sundance? Who are the writers on this website?



  9. dcolburn says:

    This looks like a fake conservative front group to shill for Trump.
    It’s telling that they hide who they are and try to borrow credibility from Andrew Breitbart, Ronald Reagan, Libertarians, preppers, and others.
    Beware the manipulators … freedom may be in the balance.


  10. Butch Rowe says:

    If Donald Trump wins the election, there will be a flood of illegal aliens across our Southern border hoping to gain entry before the inauguration.


    • Au contraire, mon ami, Butch Rowe. I expect the flow to run the other way. They will NOT want to be caught by the popular Trump administration.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Crask says:

      History, as in reality, something the typical Democrat supporter is totally unfamiliar with, demonstrates that fear of not being able to come over is not what causes and influx of illegal immigration.

      It is, in fact, the hope of amnesty that causes the influx of illegals.

      Let us remember Obama and cover a couple actual facts that sit inside of reality whereas presumption sits outside of reality and inside of fantasy, i.e. the liberal’s psychological go-to for all they believe.

      Remember the executive order that promised children under a certain age would not be deported.

      Well, the caused a huge influx of illegal child immigrants. Really, they were having to send them to other states because there were just too many children without any parents of family to speak of crossing the border. These people were sending their kids in hopes that their kids would get amnesty, and more than likely so that they could use that to pull themselves into the U.S.

      Then there was that whole amnesty situation where Obama promised a amnesty executive order, but instead just banned the deportation of most illegals.

      That also caused a tremendous surge in illegal immigration. If you lived in an area with lots of illegal immigrants, you’d notice it all over the place.

      Anyhow, that’s what causes a surge of illegal immigration, not the threat of a wall.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Seeker says:

    T h a n k s !!!! 😊


  12. Charles beach says:

    Great site, thanks Aunt Gail

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Praxeology says:

    I love your stuff and have re-posted it everywhere. The Koch brother’s stance, I don’t understand. They should be huge Trump supporters, but because he won’t take their money, that maybe an issue. If Donald meets the Koch brothers that will taint him. The fact that the Koch brothers have entertained all these GOPe charlatans is distressing. In the end, I would hold out judgement on them. The Koch’s are damaged goods, but what I hear from them coincides with most of Trump’s views. Let’s keep an open mind and see where it goes. These others you mentioned, Bingo. Thank you for all you hard work.


  14. kallibella says:

    I couldn’t agree more about the differences between conservatism and liberalism.

    This site has become my go-to source for conservative dialogue and information. I have increased in understanding about the GOPe’s objectives and way they go about it.

    Keep up the great work! :)

    Liked by 5 people

  15. Rock_Knutne_ND says:

    Found this website when the trayvon fiasco was in the news.

    I check in daily for the articles, certain writers I love and the great commentary.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. coops50 says:

    Love this site. I live in Upstate New York. We’re pretty conservative up here. Not like the left wing loons in NYC. The TERRORIST ATTACK in San Bernardino looks similar to what happened in Paris. Wonder if Obama will allow the TRUTH to come out.


  17. Mordecai Gallows says:

    Hello to all. I’m new to the site.
    Just want to share some thoughts to see if I’m a nut that didn’t fall too far from your tree.

    Our State of the Union in these United States of America…

    A Country Founded By Geniuses, But….. !!!

    If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, BUT, not for entering and remaining in the country illegally – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, BUT, not to get an abortion – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, BUT, not to vote for who runs the government – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, BUT, gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, BUT, not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, BUT, a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” BUT, hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn’t be found – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If the media panders to your openly socialist leader while the IRS targets groups with dissenting views – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your government ‘cracks down’ on legal gun sales to law abiding citizens while secretly supplying illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your local government (Chicago) outlawed gun ownership for ‘the safety of its citizens’ and now boasts the worst murder rate in the country – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your government endorses a hodgepodge of fractionalized miscreant squatters who “occupy” any space they have no legal right to for more than a day, protesting a vast array of imperceptible perceptions of oppression and inequality, resulting in chaotic tarp “cities” with rape guards, marxist defecators, lewd and lascivious street sex, “acceptable” broken windows, drug induced “camp” fires, not to mention body stench and “music” that would make swine flee their sties, BUT, that same government labels Christians, Constitutionalists, veterans, Tea Party patriots, law abiding gun owners and just traditional conservative folks as the greatest terrorist threats this country faces – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If you can be cited for building a structure or drilling a well without a permit OR arrested for cutting down trees on your own property, BUT, your Mayor (Baltimore) publicly expresses that we’ve got to let the rioting protesters “vent” their anger, let them destroy stuff so they don’t end up destroying stuff – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    If your government can destroy your livelihood by regulating entire industries into near oblivion, to spare the lives of the mustard fern, the unspotted canker gnat and the rainbow babies breath flower, BUT, spends hundreds of millions of your dollars annually to support an industry that holds sole “legal” proprietorship to murder hundreds of thousands of helpless innocent children in the womb, while overlooking the sales of infant body parts, ghastly displayed on trays like day old sushi in your least favorite Oriental restaurant – you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

    What a country! Doesn’t sound very “progressive,” does it?

    How about we try to give God a reason to bless America again?

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  18. Jo McIntyre says:

    From Snopes: The original compiler of this list appears to be Fritz Edmunds, who posted it to his “Politically True” blog back on 3 February 2013 (albeit with a disclaimer noting that “some of the ideas were from an e-mail that did not contain any copyright”).
    Mordechai, we Treepers normally give sources for our non-original posts. You may have altered this old chestnut some, but gave yourself away with the Egypt line.
    You have much to learn, my son.


    • Mordecai Gallows says:

      Thank you, Jo. I do have much to learn. I’m new at posting comments so I appreciate your gentleness. I’ll do my best to establish proper commenting etiquette in the future.

      I didn’t know the original source. My only intent was to share this list of thoughts I read from a commenter on Townhall’s site. That person didn’t name the original source either.
      I just wanted to make it available for anyone here who has not read it before.

      I’m paraphrasing here, but, the Bible says “There is nothing new under the sun.”

      However, just to set the record straight, the last three thoughts in the list are mine originally.

      Merry Christmas, Jo. God bless…


    • dsyvanen says:

      Jo McIntyre- Thanks for the Snopes note, I wasn’t sure about the words, “The author writes really good emails!” Thanks again.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Jo McIntyre says:

    Rochellewhit – welcome! It’s nice to see yet another hard core Libertarian here!
    My reply to Don Welch’s reply to you, towit: “if you’re not a trump supporter you won’t be sticking around long.” I disagree. CTH has lots of good commentary on a wide variety of subjects. Commentary you are unlikely to see elsewhere – original and intelligent. How great is that?


  20. Lawrence H says:

    I was going to respond in detail, however, the following three quotes sums it up nicely, especially the last one:

    Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
    The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.

    -John Dalberg-Action 1834-1902

    I found this site as a result of looking into the story about the Hammond’s and the Malhuer NWR. (Malhuer is a French word meaning “Misfortune”) This story changes much of my perceptions about such agencies and their work. I know the area well, having photographed it over the years-from Malhuer NWR to the top of the Steens (a BLM area). This story distresses me greatly.

    Ironic your name for this site: “Last Refuge”!


    • Jo McIntyre says:

      Welcome aboard! As a longtime Oregon resident, I, too, am highly interested in the Malheur area and the Hammonds. In 2001, I was a reporter covering the Klamath Basin Crisis, so my background goes way back. As a member of Oregon Women for Agriculture, my interest is deep as well as broad. TCTH, as you read in About Us, is about much more than electoral politics and we share real, reliable, well-vetted information via links to news outlets and personal experience.


  21. Joe Boudreault says:

    I just came here following a link from the Canada Free Press site. I had to read this About Us column, and I found that it describes me to a T. Thanks. I would like to refer this column to others.


  22. gbgasser says:

    Very interesting site. Got here from Scott Adams’ “Dilbert Blog”

    Certainly don’t agree with much of what you stated on your opening page here but as “momseeall”
    said I totally support your right to say it……. and you said it clearly. I know where you stand…. and if your interested we can quibble about some of your details sometime.

    To quote Ahhhnold

    Ill be back


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