- The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
There have been tauntings. Slurs. Shattered windows in Congressional offices across the country and, in one case, a propane line to an outdoor grill cut at the home of Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-VA) brother, after the address was incorrectly listed on a Tea Party website as the Congressman's residence.
"Collateral damage," says local Tea Party leader Nigel Coleman.Meanwhile, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the number of extremist groups in the U.S. has exploded as militias and other groups "steeped in wild, anti-government conspiracy theories exploited populist anger across the country and infiltrated the mainstream."
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin publishes a map of Democrats to defeat in November -- complete with crosshaired gun sights over districts -- and urges supporters: "Don't retreat, instead -- RELOAD!"
Meanwhile, Glenn Beck spews his particular brand of bile, comparing the health care legislation to Pearl Harbor and 9/11... and suggesting the war has just begun.