Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 2021 SL770
Location: Fountain Hills, AZ
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RE: Censorship at MBShop
You note a style that attracts a following. That would be a fair characterization of a leader, would it not? Now KV may or may not be a leader in real life, but he is at this time in this venue. The focal point of that leadership is Iraq. Would we be here in this virtual place discussing this subject right now if we hadn't invaded Iraq? One can only speculate, but I'll say no, we wouldn't. I don't know where or if we would be in this virtual community, but we wouldn't be here. KV may or may not have ever chimed in on OD in the first place, if he did, his role would have more likely been that of a free agent rather than a leader. "Absent Iraq, I am just your typical slightly left of center guy." -- KV. My experience bears this out. On the other hand, I don't want to sell the boy short. I've probably learned more from his posts than any individual in any forum that I frequent.
Iraq is a polarizing issue and yes, KV has a style in regard to that issue which is equally polarizing. That style can both draw my admiration and make me cringe, depending on the circumstances, but the message is consistent, loud, and clear. He is a lightning rod of activity far beyond any of the rest of the anti-Iraq crowd, and that is a result of style as you say. But if that's all it is, the same people would gather to support him despite the message, which I don't believe for a minute. The style (or volume) may serve as a receptacle for response, but the message determines the respondents.
"If spending money you don't have is the height of stupidity, borrowing money to give it away is the height of insanity." -- anon