Is this "free speech"? Is this "democracy"?
Or is it just a hateful crime whose underlying message should, morally, be ignored to discourage the commission of message-inspired crimes by ideological extremists?
It's like something the Sturmabteilungen would've done.
This behavior, we must all agree, has no place in a free and democratic society.
Do we take clowns seriously?
Do we take clownishly-behaving political-ideological activists seriously, either?
Ever notice that pretty much all political-ideological violence... doesn't come from "right-wingers"?
It comes from a variety of extreme, radical "progressive" political/ideological activists.
Such as the PETA folks.
When they're not going around bareassed and all that crap, they're throwing pies at politicians.
Clowns, they are. Can't take them seriously if they use violence to "make their point" and "get attention". (Of course, nudity achieves both; ie. "pointing" and "getting attention", but not everyone looks good naked, so some dumpy-bodied folks turn to behaving like clowns, as we can see).
Compare that behavior to the ways in which regular folks make their points and get attention.
Holding massive, pan-national Tea Parties (or, as in Canada last weekend, Perogie Parties) is better than throwing food at people or walking around showing off your peepees, weewees, teetees, etc....
At least the confused, ill-informed "anti-proroguation" or, alternatively, more sillier, "pro-perogies" folks in Canada this past weekend weren't going around naked throwing fattening food at the Prime Minister.
I say they're ill-informed because they're apparently unaware that proroguation is a perfectly normal political thing that's happened over a hundred times over history, including by Liberals and NDPers in recent years. Why there was no big national stinkfest over it then, but there is NOW, well, sorry, but none of the folks made any case as to why the double standard! Still, I thank them for keeping their clothes on and refraining from chucking pastries at people.
I'd nevertheless rather hang out with ill-informed, confused folks who at least behave with civility than hang out with food-flinging, birthday-suited clowns. Hell, I'd rather hang out with confused, ill-informed, dumpy-bodied people in loose-fitting clothes than with celebrity blonde bimbo boob Pamela Anderson totally naked and inanely babbling about the "holocaust against the seals" and stuff like that. I mean, like, even a birthday-suited hottie like Pammie, thusly behaving, would be a greater shrinkage-inducing agent than a Siberian swimming pool... After all, for me, there's not much that's a greater turn-off than brainlessness in a woman, no matter how hot-looking she may be. I'd have to be drunk, of course... quite, rather, ripping drunk, actually. But then, well, there's not so much of a "point" anymore anyway, so, buh-bye, Pammie. Take care of those lovely new beach balls, honey! I think I'll go hang out with Ann Coulter instead. Ann knows how to stimulate debate and other stuff. Nice-looking, too.
But enough about me, a single dude who can talk like this without ending up sleeping on the couch.
The Big Old Media shouldn't be giving the clowns a platform for their messages if they're going to be using violence, even merely comedic violence.
The Big Old Media, if it has any ethics and integrity, should, in case of violence of any kind at all, be ignoring the message and should simply report that a deranged lunatic representing Group X attacked someone.
The Big Old Media can help to discourage, rather than encourage, violence. But does one really expect such ethical, helpful, civility-and-peacefulness-promoting behavior of the Big Old Media?
In an ideal world the Big Old Media would just ignore whatever the ideologues have to say once they get attention illegally and uncivilly.
But an "ideal world" is a "progressive" concept, also known as "utopia". Rational people know that there's no such thing.
Stop giving a big, loud voice to violent ideological extremists! Treat them as criminals, period, and ignore whatever they try to deliver to the People via the Big Old Media.