The Curse Of The LO/INFO Voter
A Commentary b J. D. Longstreet
The LO/INFO voter -- sometimes referred to as LIV's -- are a curse on America. It is they who are driving America's "post constitution" government.
They, however, are SO low-information they have no idea their influence
may lie at the root of the problems America faces today.
Now. Who are these LO/Info voters? What is a Lo/Info voter? Let's take a closer look.
will guarantee when we finish here you will KNOW who a Lo/Info voter is
-- and -- you might be surprised to learn that YOU fall within their
ranks. Not to worry. Most of us have been, at one time in our lives,
card carrying members of the Lo/Info voter classification.
begin with the obvious. Lo/Info voters are people who may vote, but
who are, generally speaking, poorly (or badly) informed about politics.
That fact alone speaks volumes concerning the inherent weakness of a
democracy. It can certainly be considered an important reason the
Founders of America decided that a Representative Republic was the way
to go for this fledgling country and it's government.
could not define their political ideology if their lives depended upon
it. As a rule, with some exceptions, of course, they have no political
ideology of their own. Instead, they choose candidates that are, for
whatever reason, appealing to them. It could be as simple as the
physical appearance of the candidate. In fact, it often IS the visage of
the candidate. For instance, America's last balding President was
Having no coherent political ideology the LIV's are more likely to be swing voters, and they will split a ticket in a heartbeat.
years ago, I was conversing with a young man about an upcoming
Presidential Election. He volunteered that he probably would not vote
because his vote didn't really make a difference anyway. I tried to
convince him, as best I could, that he was wrong. But as the
conversation went on I began to understand that this young man knew
squat about America's political system. He was married, a high school
graduate with possibly some college, a veteran, gainfully employed, and
dumb as a post about politics in America. He was, and I suspect still
is, a LIV.
I have a friend, a middle-aged government employee,
very intelligent, with more than one college degree, married, very
successful in his chosen field, who, when asked his opinion on something
or other the government is proposing in Congress, responds with: "I
don't worry about stuff like that. There's nothing I can do about it.
So why worry?"
Do either of these examples remind you of some of your friends and acquaintances?
These are LO/INFO voters ... and they are dangerous to America.
was very carefully designed for people who were educated, moral, and
involved in the politics of the country. Over the two and a half
centuries America has been on the scene we have seen what can happen to
her and her government as fewer and fewer Americans deign to take part
in the governing process.
By taking part, I mean not just
voting, but following, closely, the goings on in the Congress and the
Oval Office and writing letters, e-mails and telephoning or faxing their
representative in Congress over their concerns about proposed
legislation, etc. It means attending City Council meetings, at least
occasionally, and County Commissioner meetings, too. All these
politicians need to see you and hear you and KNOW hey are being held
accountable to and by the voters who selected them as their
It is frighteningly easy to see what happens to a
government when the electorate does not stay involved. We get exactly
what we have today in Washington -- a Congress that is so out of touch
with their constituents as to seem almost rogue in nature.
current government of the US is a product of the lo/info voter. Who
else but lo/info voters would vote for a man for President based simply
on the color of his skin? How do we get so many worthless, corrupt,
politicians returned term after term to the Congress except by the votes
of lo/info voters?
So now, we are paying the price. We're
broke, under water, quickly becoming a third-world country, and we're
scratching our collective heads wondering how we ever got into this
I submit that wondering how we got into this mess is not the real question. We already know the answer to that.
The real question is: "How do we get out of this mess?"
© J. D. Longstreet