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.

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400 Responses to About Us

  1. Daniel Lawson says:

    I am thankful, daily, for this refuge and the truth it provides. Together, we are united.

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  2. Joelle Mellissa Doran says:

    As a Massachusetts native who lived through the Catholic Church child abuse scandal, I can certainly recognize a Liberal-Socialist when I see one.
    The litmus test always amounts to his/her attitude toward the basic human understanding about “personal accountability”.
    Socialists (liberals) will always make excuses for those who do not choose to be personally accountable for their themselves or their families.
    Our sectarian society has been purposefully engineered over the last few generations by faithless and unaccountable malcontents.
    Our faith-based conservative values will always be rooted in our conviction that we are all accountable for our own actions and inactions.
    On this Thanksgiving Day, I am grateful for all other conservatives who teach their children well about personal accountability. Love and gratitude to each of you.

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  3. Not Sure says:

    Have followed the last refuge and numerous other posters on Twitter until recently, when it seems I’m being whittled down to just a few now. Loomer, Impedator Rex, Matt Bracken, Thomas Wictor to name a few have either been banned or have chosen to move on and I think it’s time for me to do the same. All in all, it’s a good time to move to the conservative treehouse website and leave twitter to fend on its own, rather than die the slow death of the censorship of truly useful news that is crucial to navigate this world.

    It seems the right thing to do, going “Galt,” as why shake your fist at the owner of Twitter, while you are powerless to change their mind of who and what they will remove in the name of “diversity.” Maybe if enough drop off the Twitter universe, they will die of their own lack of anything useful to add to society.

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  4. Marhabal says:

    Discovered this site today while reading Powerline comments. Jubilant that I am not only one that thinks this way!!!!
    I’ve given up on the Republican Party because they rarely deliver.
    President Trump’s election was providential IMHO. It is great to exchange ideas but how do we get things done and move the ball down field? Any ideas would be welcome.
    A grateful veteran,
    Marhabal

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  5. dogsmaw says:

    Heh, I need to join in here too…Don’t forget to feed the kitty 🙂

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  6. sumoyokozuna says:

    my name shows up here ….but for some reason, I don’t receive your daily postings of the Last Refuge in my mailbox…Ive looked in junk too….not there…unless you haven’t sent anything out in the last 5 days

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  7. Glad to join the conversation.

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  8. Have you considered adding a paragraph about family, mariage, children and differences in how liberals and conservatives view such a fundamental building block of a healthy society, strong culture, stable nation – liberals would despise and deconstruct (Marxism), whereas conservatives cherish and build ? Thank you

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  9. radiods says:

    I encourage the Last Refuge to open a GAB.ai account and mirror its tweets to GAB. Each day, more and more people are having their twitter accounts suspended or locked by Twitter for engaging in nothing more than a defense of America, free speech and Trump. We need the news and commentary of the Last Refuge on GAB to prepare for 2020.

    It’s easy to be verified. Come on over.

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