The GOP Relies on the Low Information Voter

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.


7 thoughts on “The GOP Relies on the Low Information Voter

  1. Hello Muddy,
    The current evolution of Republican Party, (even though they profess that they don’t believe in “Evolution”) have been pimping the Evangelical Christians since Reagan’s first run for the Presidency with the promise of overturning Roe v. Wade, reinstalling Public School Prayer, and of course even the short term memory challenged should remember W. Bush’s promise of a Constitutional Amendment to ban Gay and Lesbian marriages.

    As we, the critical thinking citizens, realized even when the GOP was putting forth the bull crap rhetoric the truth was that after the elections, not a damn thing was going to be done with those campaign platforms.

    The sad part is that the Republican Candidates will pull these same token comments yet once again this election year and the LIV lemmings will mindless drone these exact same verbiage thinking they are casing a vote for “GOD”….provided it’s their version of God of course.

    Now this brings us to the low/middle income citizens who think that passing tax cutting, or accelerated tax right offs legislation is working for them. These new tax laws are for the 1% who has funded the Republican Party and it is the low/middle income citizens that are taking up the financial burden.

    I guess the question is, “Why is this so evident to the thinking aspect citizens and not to the LIVs. Sometimes this aspect is beyond my comprehension?”

    1. Hello Engineer- your thoughts and opinions are always welcome here, and especially important when we discuss the current situation with your ‘once-grand’ old party.

      Of the two LIV groups, my heart aches for those blue collar/T-shirt workers who ‘believe’ that the GOP stands with them. Nothing could be further from the truth, but, as you admit, it is ‘beyond my comprehension.’

    2. “These new tax laws are for the 1% who has funded the Republican Party and it is the low/middle income citizens that are taking up the financial burden.”

      Sadly, Engineer, it is just not the Republican Party that is the Party who
      have passed the tax laws benefitting the one percenters. M_R doesn’t
      like to hear this, but it is the truth. The Democrats are in the hip
      pocket of Wall Street just as much as the Republicans are.
      Here is an example:
      The Democratic Representative of Toledo, Ohio
      voted with 235 House Republicans to pass House Bill 674. This was one of
      those evil over-regulations that we here Boehner, McConnell, and just
      about every Republican blathering about every day. Kaptur voted to
      repeal a regulation that required government to withhold 3% on payment
      to federal business contractors. Contractors on the federal, state, and
      local level were not paying their taxes for federal projects on a timely
      basis. Therefore, a law was passed to withhold 3% of the federal contract
      until the contractors paid their taxes. Oh my! Corporate contractors not
      paying their taxes. Are they part of the 50% who pay no taxes, lol! But,
      that’s OK, why they are the job creators.
      Kaptur joined every GOP member of the House to vote for the repeal
      of this withholding tax. The intent of the previous law was to boost tax
      compliance among companies doing business with the Federal Government.

      The bill that Kaptur voted for is a direct benefit to corporate contractors.
      The GOP and Kaptur with them considered the previous bill one of those
      heavy handed regulations that causes business hardship and the killing
      of jobs (This is one of those bills Boehner just the other day was saying
      that the House passed to improve job creation.)

      The repeal of the 3% withholding will cost the Treasury $11.2 BILLION.
      Moreover, as of this year, 2011, construction contractors who have been
      recepients of federal government construction grants owed $750 MILLION
      in unpaid taxes. This is a direct benefit to the 1% that Rep. Kaptur has
      voted for. Surely, not for M_R’s “people” that he says Kaptur represents.
      It’s the taxes of the 99% that will have to make up this giveaway to the 1% in more taxes or in lost programs or benefits. There you go, M_R, Kaptur’s
      alliance with the corporate interests against the interests of the 99%
      Thanks again, Engineer, for the comment. However, don’t just make
      the Republican Party the Lone Ranger in supporting the interests of the
      one percenters. The Democratic Party with many members like Marcy
      Kaptur are enablers of this past 30 year movement to provide the great
      income inequality that exists today. Both Parties have been bought out,
      and, therefore, all politicians need to be removed.

  2. Problem with the promise of overturning Roe v. Wade is that Heller-McDonald made Roe’s legal methodology acceptable to the Right. They can no longer complain that abortion isn’t in the constitution since neither is armed self-defence (especially with firearms).

    The real thing is that the GOP has switched from logic to emotion. They have glommed on to hot button issues that drive the LIVs to the poll from fear. You need to read Paul Weber’s Propaganda: Nobody Does It Better Than America:

    American propaganda, however, is much cleverer. American propaganda, they patiently explained, relies entirely on emotional appeals. It doesn’t depend on a rational theory that can be disproved: it appeals to things no one can object to.

    American propaganda had its birth, so far as I can tell, in the advertising industry. The pioneers of advertising—a truly loathsome bunch—learned early on that people would respond to purely emotional appeals…

    he seven deadly sins, ad agency wags often say, are the key to selling products. Fear, envy, greed, hatred, and lust: these are the basic tools for good propaganda and effective advertising. By far, the most powerful motivating emotion—the top, most-sought-after copy writers will tell you, in an unguarded moment—is fear, followed closely by greed.

    Does that explain this phenomenon to you?

  3. Laci presents the technical info, how we are sold ideology, but it’s more basic..and mudrake has presented the logic over and over again here on this blog. We all have varying degrees of intelligence, our IQ isn’t the block to comprehension. It is social. Most people do not want to be noticed. Most people do not want to be troubled to think. Tell me who to vote for and I’ll press the button if I have the time to even be bothered to go vote.
    Intellectual Laziness, the inability to parse a sentence, the inability to follow a coherent thought from point A to B. That is how democracies die. Most democracies are doomed by intellectual inertia. All great modern political philosophers like Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, Tocqueville have expressed this thought.
    We are the sharp edge of the knife. We are constantly honing the point. Asking questions, demanding answers, expecting more….that is our role.
    What is the difference between a fatalist and a futurist? A fatalist invariably believes he was born too late, a futurist will always believe he was born too soon.
    I will always believe in the future.

  4. Gentlemen All- I want to personally congratulate you on our excellent comments. You know what you are talking about and you say it well, without hysteria or without sloganeering.

    How refreshing!

  5. Most democracies are doomed by intellectual inertia

    Sadly, the US has had anti-intellectual tendencies for a long time.

    Barack Obama hit the nail on the head when he said, “It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.”

    check this out!

    Though a successful political and electoral strategy, the Right’s stand against intelligence has steered them far off course, leaving them — and us — unable to deal successfully with the complex and dynamic circumstances we face as a nation and a society.

    American 15-year-olds rank 24th out of 29 countries in math literacy, and their parents are as likely to believe in flying saucers as in evolution; roughly 30 to 40 percent believe in each. Their president believes “the jury is still out” on evolution.

    Steve Colbert interviewed Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland on “The Colbert Report.” Westmoreland co-sponsored a bill that would require the display of the Ten Commandments in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but, when asked, couldn’t actually list the commandments.

    This stuff would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.

    In the 2004 election, nearly 70 percent of Bush supporters believed the United States had “clear evidence” that Saddam Hussein was working closely with al Qaeda; a third believed weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq; and more than a third that a substantial majority of world opinion supported the U.S.-led invasion, according to the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland. The political right and allied culture warriors actively ignore evidence and encourage misinformation. To motivate their followers, they label intelligent and informed as “elite,” implying that ignorance is somehow both valuable and under attack.

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