To discuss is the essence of what American politics is about.
To intimidate is:
- Personal threats - yelling, calling that person "racist", getting in that person's face - invading their personal space, spreading rumors about them, tearing up yard signs or keying cars with Romney stickers. Also includes going to court to open sealed records of divorce proceedings - which Obama did in 2 cases, to eliminate his opponent's chances of winning an election.
- Other threats - threatening their livelihood, complaining to their employer, trying to get a list of donors for the purpose of intimidating them (which is being tried NOW).
- Using the IRS, Justice Dept, or other government entity to force opposing views to shut up.
Ask yourself - would YOU want those tactics used against you? If not, don't tolerate it by those you support.