Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA) destroyed his chances being a serious contender for the Presidency of the United States yesterday when he hinted that the United States would be capable of deploying its nuclear arsenal against Americans who went to war over the defense of their Second Amendment rights.
Swalwell made the comment shortly following the publication of an op-ed he authored appearing in USA Today and suggesting that the United States should engage in a mandatory "assault weapons" buy-back program designed to confiscate what he called military-style weapons, while at the same time banning their production and sale.
His aggressive posture drew some resistance in the Twittersphere when Newsmax host, John Cardillo, tweeted an article written by Benjy Sarlin from NBCnews.com on the topic with a comment stating, "Make no mistake, Democrats want to eradicate the Second Amendment, ban and seize all guns, and have all power rest with the state. These people are dangerously obsessed with power."
Joe Biggs another twitterer with over 200,000 followers responded by writing, "So basically @RepSwalwellwants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your f@#$#g mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov (sic) all the power." (redaction added)
Swalwell responded to Biggs with, "And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities."
The tweet, clearly suggesting that the United States would deploy its nuclear weapons arsenal against Americans defending their constitutional rights, caused an immediate and predictable uproar. For many, the mere thought of a mandatory weapons confiscation program was enough to insight ire, but when that comment was intermingled with a suggestion that America's nuclear arsenal was in any way at play against its own citizens, insurrection or not, Swalwell crossed a bridge that was way too far.
True to many leftists, Swalwell attempted to backtrack, in this case by saying that his comment was sarcastic. Sarcastic it was, but his biting wit was directed at Briggs' suggestion of a war, not at the deployment of nuclear weapons. That part of the tweet appeared serious, just like the use of the government's overwhelming force as a stick to force a discussion about surrendering one's constitutional rights.
Swalwell's imprudence is the latest in a string of self-destructing radical Democrats whose presidential aspirations have imploded from their unchecked zeal at pursuing their leftist agenda. First, there was Senator Corey Booker and his Spartacus moment during Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Booker was followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren's annihilation of all reasonable chances at prevailing in a Democratic primary with her ridiculous and false claims of being a Native American. Next, we witnessed Senator Kamala Harris's comparison of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the KKK, or at least her alleged perception of the agency. Couple that with liberal legal darling, Michael Avenatti and his recent arrest for an alleged domestic violence charge against his own wife. And who can forget Andrew Cuomo's unforced destruction by claiming that America was never that great? Finally, there's Hillary Clinton who, although more difficult to topple, has done herself great harm through her many improprieties and ill-advised comments.
Indeed, the Democratic presidential field is dwindling with every month that passes through the unforced errors of its members providing a greater path for the only person in the Democratic Party with a snowball's chance at taking on President Trump in the general, billionaire Richard Bloomberg.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.