There is certainly no doubt that the election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is one of the more contentious ever. Just look at Obama's demeanor and the things he said during the last presidential debate. He has taken that classless rhetoric to the campaign trail as well. But his supporters are even worse, now stooping to burning signs on private property and leaving Obama graffiti behind.
First, there is the report by WKMG Local 6 in Orlando, Florida which describes what happened to the signs displayed in the yard of a Vietnam veteran.
Police are searching for the vandals who apparently torched more than a dozen campaign signs and American flags in a Howey-in-the-Hills veteran's yard.
William Overbay said someone ignited the flags and signs, which supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, that he had lined along his yard. The vandals also painted a sign on his driveway reading "Obama for life," at his DuPont Circle home, Overbay said.
"This is the first thing I saw was this sign painted on my driveway," Overbay said.
But this isn't the only incident. In Louden County, Virginia, the race between Romney and Obama is also very close, and the sign burning continues. As The Washington Post reports, a 4 x 8 yard Romney sign was set ablaze in the yard of Jack and Libby Stevens.
About 2 a.m. Monday, Leesburg residents Jack and Libby Stevens awoke to the sound of their dogs barking, and quickly saw that their large 4-by-8-foot sign supporting Republican candidate Mitt Romney was ablaze in the front yard.
"What we saw was reminiscent of a [Ku Klux Klan] cross burning," Stevens said in an e-mail. "And that may well have been the effect the perpetrators wished to achieve."
Stevens promptly contacted the Leesburg police, who made a report, he said.
The couple had previously reported the theft of smaller "Romney for President" signs that had been cut off a fence on their property several weeks ago, Stevens said.
"Theft and defacing of political signs is wrong and annoying," he said. "But lighting a front yard sign on fire is much more serious."
What is going on across America? Civility has been thrown out the window, and intimidation has taken its place. What a sad state of affairs.