Eric Swalwell Ends Presidential Bid

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Let me anticipate the question, Who the heck is Eric Swalwell?  A Democrat Congressman from California, a tad stupider and more obnoxious than the average Congress Critter.  From my post on him last November:

 

The bozo above is planning to run for President.  Go here to read about how he made a sarcastic, he claims now, comment about nuking Americans who differ with him on the Second Amendment.  Such foolish talk is always a prelude to a civil war.

 

His inflammatory statement merely typifies the glibness with which a possible domestic conflict is viewed on the Left.  Before the Congressman utters such a sarcastic comment again here are a few things for him to consider:

 

First, it is unlikely that even the most mad US President would decide to use nukes to put down a rebellion in these United States.  Too many of his own supporters would be killed and the overall reaction would likely be for the rebellion to grow as a result of his action.

Second, a wide spread rebellion in the United States would likely have the sympathy of factions within the US military, if not their active support.  The order to nuke Americans might lead to an active revolt by the military.

Third, in the event of a widespread rebellion, the rebels would probably quickly have nukes of their own.  Most ICBMs and tactical nukes are located on bases in Red states.

 

The Founding Fathers, in all they did, struggled to pass on the blessings of liberty to their posterity.  Ensuring that the American people would remain, in the words of a British officer during the Revolution, “a people numerous and armed”, was one part of the safeguards that they gave us against tyranny.  That Mr. Swalwell, a member of Congress, does not understand this is to be deplored.  That more than a few Americans join him in his blindness is a shame, and a danger, for our time.

 

Maybe somebody forgot just what it was like.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Tanner (Powers Boothe) Red Dawn (1984)

 

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

Justice Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States

 

I will actually miss Swalwell.  Every Circus needs a clown.

 

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9 Comments

  1. A Democrat Congressman from California, a tad stupider and more obnoxious than the average Congress Critter.

    My nomination for most redundant sentence of the day, Don. 😉

  2. I’m not eager to become a martyr for gun rights, but if Swawell nukes me he’s taking 90% of Illinois’s liberals with him. And right now Don’s thinking,”Hmm?”

  3. “I’m not eager to become a martyr for gun rights,…”
    I’m not eager to be a martyr for anything but God, however I’m willing to be a martyr for gun rights for if we lose that right then nothing stands in the way of losing all of our rights for our children and our children’s children.

  4. Swallwell’s candidacy was indicative of the effect the Obama candidacy has had on vain and ambitious politicians. In BO’s case, a perfectly unremarkable career legislator who had sat in Congress for less than three years launches a presidential campaign, clinching the office a year and change later. The closest resemblance to the Obama candidacy over the period running from 1971 to 2007 was a vanity run by Sen. Larry Pressler in 1980, which attracted no attention whatsoever. You’ve had some demonstration candidacies over the years (Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, Alan Keyes), but these were meant to rally a constituency or press an issue; it’s doubtful any of those candidates expected to get the prize. (Pressler’s big issue at the time was promoting what was then called ‘gasohol’). So we have this ant-heap of undistinguished politicians.

  5. AD, and all because the Chicago Tribune dug through the trash to kill Jack Ryan’s bid. Ryan was going to win and be only the second relatively conservative Illinois Republican senator-Kirk doesn’t count.

  6. Yes, there exist gun rights libertarians who argue for absolutely no restriction on the arms a person has a right to possess, including nuclear weapons. I suspect that Rep. Swallwell’s tweet that our genial host grabbed out of context was a Trump-like piece of sarcasm intended to mock such people with a reductio of their own ‘logic’.

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