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Beat that dead horse

This subject comes up every now and again. Here on AR it is really prevalent, especially when someone disagrees with what I write. I apologize for having to explain it again. Some could say it is a type of IQ test.

I am a conservative. I make no excuse for that. For a variety of reasons, I do not post a picture of myself. Instead I post a picture of an American flag. To me, that flag is very important, and stands for many things that have been given to me by heroes who fought and died for me. Freedom is what they fought for. Freedom to disagree with my elected leaders without fear of retribution. Freedom to work harder than the guy next to me. Freedom to reap the rewards of my hard work. Freedom to practice me religion. Freedom. The best way for me to salute those heroes is to display the flag that represents what they fought for.

So when someone on AR does not like what I have to say, and they have no logical argument to demonstrate how I am wrong, they proclaim very loudly that I do not even post a picture of myself. They accuse me of being something that I am not. Maybe you can't be a real conservative unless you post a picture of yourself. Maybe your views only count if everyone knows what you look like. Not sure.

Even funnier, at least to me, is that many of the accusers comment anonymously. Or, when they do have a profile, they post no phone number. Or, two of my favorites: One person did not really own the business they claimed to, and another claimed to be a licensed real estate agent, yet their license was suspended.

I had a professor in college that gave essay exams. Remember the old Blue Book exams. He would not allow us to put our name on the finished product, only a 4 digit number. He would read and grade the essays, and then call out the numbers in class. The owner would call out their name and he would put their grade in the book. No preconcieved judgements by the professor. At least of what we looked like or what we had said in class.  

A few folks in my inner circle on AR know what I look like. Many more know what my voice sounds like. But I contend that what I look like and what my voice sounds like are pretty superficial ways of judging what I have to say.



Comment balloon 14 commentsKevin Robinson • June 25 2010 12:30PM


Kevin * you can have one of my pictures if you like * I have MORE than enough for the both of US!!!  XOXOXO

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 9 years ago

Kevin, I would say there are many profiles on Active Rain. And, trust me, I'd rather read your posts that those telling us all about the great opportunities for new construction in India.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I like the flag, it says a lot on its own, and WAY better than people that dont even take the time to post a picture at all.

The best part about our country is we can all have an opinion, and can share it in an open forum like the rain!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) about 9 years ago

Kevin - I have heard your voice, and I know it is a voice of reason. I would do the American flag as well - but I don't want to spoil all of your fun!

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) about 9 years ago

It's funny to me that the anonymous, non AR members are often the ones who question why YOU do not have a personal photo.

The others that mention your photo seem superficial and their comments often lack the depth of character you demonstrate on a regular basis.

Posted by Melissa Anderson (Mortgage of Texas & Financial) about 9 years ago


I know this is unrelated but how is your wife doing

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) about 9 years ago

Kevin- Its another way of moving the ball.  How could someone who doesn't finish college, doesn't watch Saturday Night Live or the Daily Show or post their own photo on a website ever be right?


Posted by Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics (Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186) about 9 years ago

Anonymous comments suck but I usually keep them if they end up on my blog.  Quite honestly, my feelings of momentary ego-driven rights and wrongs have me perplexed.  We've talked, which simply means I know you about as well as most who comment on your thoughts and writings.  I'm not sure whose opinion is right, yet it is nice to have another one in case mine doesn't make the grade.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 9 years ago

Congratulations this post is now featured in the Silent Majority Group of Active Rain.

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Hugh- Thanks for asking about my wife. She is doing fairly well. Some bad days but that is to be expected.   

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer almost 9 years ago


Thanks for being a conservative voice on AR - and for reblogging some of my posts. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 9 years ago

My guess is that someone who needs a personal photo to help them understand you, would also require you to print it in crayon.

Posted by Jon Budish (Resident Realty) almost 9 years ago


I am honored to know your voice and I know that that voice is one of reason, truth and love of life!!

You are one of my heroes.

Praying for your wife and for you and your wonderful family!!


Posted by Alice Linahan (Voices Empower ) almost 9 years ago

Kevin - Glad to hear about your wife - I continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) almost 9 years ago