While there are factions which persist in¬†characterizing American politics as being excessively rough-and-tumble–and, moreover, never as bad as the present!!–I’ve never quite been able to agree.

Viz.:

An underdog in Sunday’s election for governor of Bangkok punched and kicked a television journalist Thursday, saying he was provoked by tough questions during a live interview.

Chuvit Kamolvisit, dubbed Bangkok’s massage parlor king by the Thai press, later apologized for losing his temper and assaulting host Visarn Dilokwanich after the interview.

“I admit I did it. I couldn’t stand it when he humiliated me on air,” said Chuvit, a stocky former bodybuilder who owned a strip of girly bars before entering politics a few years ago.

 

Clearly, we’ve failed yet again to take International Opinion (TM) into account. ¬†Indeed, one might argue that by International Standards (TM), we’re too damned nice…

When will we ever learn?