Conservatives try to foster their ideals on others

Attempting to understand America’s most conservative voters, I have concluded that these individuals must feel like victims — victims of LGBT rights, of easy access to birth control, of an environment impeding their jobs.

Left, center and mildly right Americans can feel victimized, yes. But the passionately shouted conservative notion of personal freedom can only be freedom when each individual, each entity, takes control of one’s own life and does not worry about how others in society manage their day.

Feeling victimized should not be derived from another’s access to birth control or their loving someone of the same sex. No one tells you you must do the same. You still get to practice your religion. And yet many on the far right seem to feel persecuted over the life choices of others.

President Donald Trump panders to this base, calling access to birth control anti-religion. Trump fumbles through his leadership with 140-character sound bites fueling followers yearning to hear he is putting others in their place. Self-inflicted fear.

Presently, 24 percent of Americans think the country is moving in a good direction. This number likely includes those sheltering behind personal freedom. But what is personal freedom?

We each have 80 years, plus or minus, on Earth, so why not live them without distressing over society’s allowances or alternative lives that do no harm to you? That is truly freedom.

Kelli Lundgren