Compare this.

When Black Forge Coffee House opened its doors in Allentown a year-and-a-half ago, the metal- and punk-themed space offered a customer loyalty punch card featuring the faces of much-maligned conservative characters like commentator Ann Coulter and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). 

It’s easy to draw conclusions from the imagery on the punch cards. Due to the size of the hole-punch used, each coffee purchase equals a hole that resembles a bullet hole through the head. 

….to this

Caitlin Miller’s teachers took her to the principal’s office on Friday and the 5-year-old did not understand why.

She had been playing with her best friends during recess at her Raeford, N.C., school playground, just like any other day. She pretended that her two friends were a king and queen, and that she was in charge of protecting the kingdom. “I was the guard,” Caitlin told WTVD.

Noticing a stick shaped like a gun on the ground, Caitlin picked it up and pretended to shoot intruders entering the kingdom.

But by playing with this stick, her school administrators said, Caitlin was violating school policies.

Now comes the question. How are these things different, and how are they the same?

They are the same because they are both leftist value signalling.

They are different because the values expressed in that signaling appear to go in opposite directions from each other.

Clearly the lessons that the left would like to impart is that some people it’s okay to hate. Guess who.