In 1856 pro-slavery Democrat Rep. Brooks repeatedly beat abolitionist Senator Sumner over the head with a cane. So we haven't really reached that point yet.
The Democrats are the slave holders. They seek to enslave everyone to an all powerful state. Conservatives, on the other hand, are the abolitionists. We want the right to live free from the strong hand of the federal government. We want the right to make our own decisions, even if some people think they can make better decisions for us.
“with a cane”
A gutta-percha cane, at that.