Webster’s Dictionary defines terrorism thus:

ter·ror·ism noun \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\

: the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal

:  the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

ter·ror·ist \-ər-ist\ adjective or noun
ter·ror·is·tic \ˌter-ər-ˈis-tik\ adjective

Terrorism is not limited to Arabs.  In fact, it’s carried out on a daily basis in all parts of the world, by all manner of people.

What pisses me off about politics is the increasingly terroristic means by which political parties, politicians, and those who suck up to them, try to intimidate voters into throwing their ballots away on them, without having done a single goddamned thing to earn those votes.

Case in point: Daily Kos, a Democrat gatekeeper blog created by Markos Moulitsas in order to help elect Democrats, to the extent that they attack anyone and everyone who dares suggest that maybe the Democrats are different than the Republicans and maybe we ought to vote third party.  And don’t even get me started on the level of viciousness with which they go after anyone who utters so much as one word that implicates even the slightest bit of support for Dennis Kucinich.

So here’s a Kos diary in which someone is writing about how Hillary Clinton’s campaign is gearing up to ensure that there is no populist challenger to her or any other Establishment candidate going into the 2016 primaries.  Naturally, the attack brigade starts in with trashing third parties and the “purity trolls” who support them.

Example #1:

your nonsense might fly in third party circles but out in reality it’s a joke.

Example #2:

The only thing that is truly disastrous is that you’re pushing third party talking points. I thought we put this to bed with Nader.

Even after fourteen years, Ralph Nader is still despised by Democrats.  The argument typically runs like this: The Democrat may not be the best candidate, but there is no one else to vote for, so if your vote costs us the election, you will be responsible for the years of devastation to come!  Except, of course, regardless of who wins, the policies are always the same.

But this is an example of election-terrorism, that is, instilling terror into the voting public by threatening the prospect of another Republican dictatorship if we fail to vote for the Democrat.  The GOP, of course, is no better.  Who remembers that attack ad in 2006, during the midterm elections, with the images of mushroom clouds and Osama bin Laden superimposed, threatening Armageddon if voters cast their ballots for Democrats?

We expect that kind of bullshit from Republicans.  It’s all they’ve got.  But the biggest problem right now in American politics is just how far to the right the Democrats have moved, to the point that they have adopted not only the GOP’s polices, but their campaign tactics as well.

It’s sickening.