Ever since I began using the acronym, LIV, low information voter, a few months ago, the term has spread like wildfire throughout the blogs connected with this one, both left-leaning and right-leaning. LIV, naturally, refers to those voters who do not take the time to thoroughly examine issues or candidates before voting.
The current GOP [as opposed to the once-grand old party] depends heavily upon the LIV voters. What they don’t know is good for the GOP. Take those conservative Christians, for example. They are so drawn to voting for the GOP that it often appears that they are grafted to the party like a hybrid shrub. The GOP depends on those LIV Christian voters in election after election. Many of those evangelicals do not realize that they sold their very souls to a political party that often does not have their best interests at heart [or soul]. These are the folks that are the subject of the book and film, What’s the Matter with Kansas? The GOP welcomes this set of Christians with open arms while they pick their pockets clean in the process.
Another set of LIV’s that bloat the membership of current GOP are the fiscal conservatives. There must be a distinction in that term because historically, the GOP has been a party of fiscal conservatism. The LIV ‘fiscals’ are a set of low to moderate income voters who ‘believe’ that the fiscal policies of the GOP actually are best suited for themselves and their families. Joe the Plumber from my neck of the woods-comes to mind as an example. He’s the $30K Mr. Fix-It cheering on a fiscal policy that benefits the people 10 economic tiers up the latter from him. They are easily fooled by slick propaganda, the get-rich-quick shysters that we see hawking investments on early morning TV. They ‘believe’ that the economic policies of the GOP are just what their families need.
Neither the LIV Christian conservative nor the LIV fiscal conservative are well-served by the party that snookered them into believing that the GOP would fight for them. Where are the ‘gains’ for either of them? Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land. Public school prayer is banned. Gay and lesbian rights are protected by Federal law. What has the evangelical Christian gained through its membership in the GOP?
The LIV fiscal conservative still has hopes, dreams of making it ‘big.’. The slick GOP politicians promise them opportunities to climb up the economic ladder, yet they keep extending that ladder higher and higher, way out of reach for the low to middle income family. The LIV doesn’t see that the fiscal policies of the GOP are not directed downwards to the bottom tier where these ‘useful idiots’ cling, but essentially upwards towards the top where their financial donors sit.
Yet sadly, neither the conservative Christian nor the low/middle income citizens truly understand that they are expendable pawns in a high-stakes power grab by the GOP. They have become the so-called useful idiots who show up at the polls on election day, who cast their vote for dreams that are always deferred.