Courtesy of The Guardian:
Greek talk shows are by nature combustible affairs. But rarely have they witnessed anything quite as shocking as the moment when a leading member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party launched a physical assault on two female politicians.
Ten days before the debt-stricken nation goes to the polls in an election that will not only decide Greece's fate but quite possibly the course of Europe too, the attack, captured on live TV, involved Ilias Kasidiaris, a high profile member of Golden Dawn, lashing out at two prominent leftwing MPs – all part of a seven-strong panel attending the popular Good Morning Greece TV show.
The nation that triggered Europe's debt drama is now a boiling cauldron. In the third year of its worst crisis since the second world war, it has reached the point where fury becomes violence.
Within hours of a state prosecutor issuing an arrest warrant for Kasidiaris, word of the unprecedented punch-up had travelled across the country. And in the tavernas and cafeneia of villages and towns, on radio and TV channels, the overarching question was: is this the beginning of something worse to come?
Damn, and we thought American politics was getting ugly!
If you are like me you probably wondered what it was they were talking about that pissed the neo-Nazi guy off so much. Well it turns out that he is set to go on trial Monday for the stabbing of a student, and apparently he does NOT like to have that brought up.
With Golden Dawn's ratings dropping to under 5%, none have been more vociferous in their denial of the party's links with fascist elements than Kasidiaris, a weightlifting enthusiast who served in the Greek military's special forces before joining the party.
The MP stands accused of participating in an armed robbery that saw a Greek postgraduate student being fatally stabbed in 2007. Mention of his alleged complicity appears to have set off Kasidiaris during the talk show appearance that has highlighted Greece's teetering position on the edge of dysfunction and despair.
Yeah, you know nothing screams "I'm innocent of stabbing that man" like bitch-slapping a woman on live TV.
Anyhow I posted this just to provide a little perspective. Because though things are bad here in America, and yes they are quite bad, there is still room for things to get much, much worse. Here in America our politicians don't assault women on television, they just slowly take away all of their rights until they are reduced to second class citizens.