Ann Coulter, a conservative columnist and author, and a cute little number who makes my heart go all a-pitter-patter, was assaulted by two pie-throwing lunatics this weekend as she gave a speech. It is safe to assume that the girly-men who ran by at top speed and tossed pastry are associated with one side of the political spectrum (left) and that they were exercising their right to free-speech, while hypocritically attempting to deny Ann hers.
Random gunshots, pie throwing, union thugs rampaging through republican campaign offices, vandalism, physical violence, ripping campaign posters from the hands of children. This is the sort of Brownshirt political discourse that Al Gore has been screaming his vein-popping head off about for the last year year.
I guess it never occured to Al that it's HIS side doing it all. Or perhaps Al is just being Al: willfully stupid when it suits his needs.
Miss Coulter will, no doubt, travel with bodyguards from now on. Perhaps armed guards will be necessary at republican campaign offices. Maybe, just maybe, people will start to arm themselves for protection against lunatic protestors, union gatherings, at political rallies and against the great, unwashed college children who attend them. The democrats and their fellow-travelers are asking for trouble, because one day, one of these little stunts is going to get someone killed.
It's not the act that's of paramount importance (although all should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, where applicable), it's the goddamn tone. It's threatening. Frightening. For a bunch of folks who fear that America is devolving into a fascist state, they sure as hell do their best to ensure that it does.