If I were a dedicated Leftist confronted by Steven Crowder, I'd probably want to punch him in the face too. Of course, there's a difference between wanting to do something and actually doing it. If that something is face-punching, there are morals, social conventions, and laws which usually help us suppress the impulse to paste someone we really, really, really don't like. What separates the civilized from the thug is a person's willingness to break with morals, conventions and laws. Particularly the willingness to do so in broad daylight and in full view of (at least) scores of witnesses, many with cameras.
As Althouse asks:
Union thugs… in broad daylight, on camera. Are they stupid… or do they know something about the willingness of the authorities to enforce the law?
The question of intelligence is irrelevant, the question of whether they believe they'll get arrested is somewhat relevant, but the most relevant is the question she doesn't ask: do they think this tactic will be effective? That question is answered by Bob Belvedere:
At some point, however, the Leftist Masterminds need to move to the next phase of the march to Revolution: violence. We have entered that phase in the last few years in The United States Of America. Barack Hussein Obama and his comrades have encouraged and nurtured and unleashed forces designed to tear this country apart.
To bring about the violence of this next phase, the Masterminds need their assault troops to disrupt peaceful assemblies and physically attack opponents of the Leftists seeking to implement the Revolution. In Russia in 1917, in France in the late 18th Century, in Germany in the early 1930′s, in China in the mid-20th Century, and now in America in the early years of the 21st Century, the Left has turned to thugs to be their storm troops. Members of unions controlled by Communists and Socialists, such as SEIU and the AFL/CIO, are being used as a modern version of the Sturmabteilung [better known to us as the 'SA'].
IOW, it has worked in the past and they have no reason to believe it won't work now. Terrorism, when used against a public which has no faith that their leaders will prosecute it (everyone who thinks this guy will be arrested and prosecuted, please raise your hand), is often very effective.
If the ideological polarities of the individuals involved in the Crowder Incident were reversed, you can be certain that there would be a rush, from both sides, to identify the violent perpetrator. The Right may occassionally drag its heels, but it is inevitably obliged, usually from internal and external pressure, to do the Right Thing. The Left, OTOH, feels no such obligation and, quite to the contrary, often shows that it feels obliged to justify or dismiss violence perpetrated in its name. Right now, we're seeing the standard cards being played: from "he was asking for it" to the KosKids trying to call shenanigans. Or, as RSM calls it and Patterico elaborates: ACCUSE THE ACCUSERS. I just call it "serial lying". If they lie enough times, they will either get the media to simply repeat the lie or at least get the media to report that there are two morally equivalent sides to the story to one guy sucker-punching another guy.
My favorite justification by far is the Left's inevtiable tu toque argument using the TEA Party:
— Chas Hoard (@ChasHoard) December 12, 2012
He is, of course, referring to the incident where TEA Party protesters were accused of spitting upon and hurling racist epithets at member of the Congressional Black Caucus. An accusation for which no one ever produced even the smallest shred of verifiable proof. In fact, no one has ever been able to produce any evidence demonstrating inherent racism or any other type of extremism (beyond fiscal responsibility) within the TEA Party, yet the stigma exists and the accusations are repeated over and over again within the mainstream media.
This is why union thugs know they can intimidate people with violence and get away with it.
A caveat from Insty:
MARK STEYN’S GOT IT ALL WRONG: Michigan Unions Managed to Get Core Message Out Yesterday …(Don’t Cross Us or We’ll Smash Your Mouth). Yeah, but so fucking what?
Look, what they did to Crowder was wrong, and revealing. But they lost. And despite all the effort by the press to protect them, they’re losing the PR battle afterward, too. And they’re a bunch of fat old men.
When I worked as a summer associate after my first year in law school, I worked at a Birmingham law firm where the top labor partner was famous for having carried an axe handle while crossing a picket line to meet with clients. He would have made mincemeat of these guys. We’re witnessing the labor movement in its dissolution, not its strength. Don’t be misled.
And something for @ChasHoard:
— Nick Hawatmeh (@NicolaHawatmeh) December 12, 2012
Yeah, TEA Party protesters who obey the law and clean up after themselves at their rallies are exactly like this, if not worse.