Rep. Eric Swalwell is a Democratic congressman from California. On Nov. 16, he tweeted that if a war broke out between the U.S. government and its citizens, the war would be brief because “[t]he government has nukes.” And as extreme as such words might seem, he isn’t the first progressive to verbalize such a notion. Furthermore, Swalwell’s comment is quite similar to a plot point in a short story I wrote for the forthcoming anthology, Appalling Stories 2.
Breitbart covered the Twitter exchange between Swalwell and Joe Biggs (a “Right Wing” “political junkie” according to his Twitter profile). Specifically, the two were talking about a potential war if the government tried to confiscate firearms when Swalwell said, “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.”
Swalwell later claimed he was being sarcastic.
Regardless, being a politician means you can say outrageous things (even things that a normie dare not say) and nothing happens to you. This is particularly true when you’re a Democrat—a progressive. Hence, Swalwell mentioning that the government might someday nuke Americans in order to deny us one of our God-given rights won’t attract much attention.
Kind of like how Piers Morgan didn’t attract much attention when he made a comparable remark in 2013.
“America has over 5000 nuclear warheads,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “Quite hard to defend against a ‘tyrannical U.S. government’ with that kind of firepower. #GetReal”
Better yet, Morgan said nearly the same thing just last month. “If your government goes ‘tyrannical’, it has 5000 nuclear weapons at its disposal,” he said. “I doubt your AR-15 will be very useful in such a fight.”
So Swalwell’s tweet is nothing groundbreaking. Indeed, it’s what I’ve come to expect from progressives.
In fact, Morgan’s 2013 tweet helped inspire me to write “The Order that Changed the World,” one of the fantastic short stories in the soon-to-be-published Appalling Stories 2 (the sequel to Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice).
I thought my tale was relevant and engrossing when I had completed it. I think it’s even more so after what Swalwell wrote on Twitter. His “sarcastic” suggestion is so close to a part of my plot that one might think I had outright copied from him had I not written the story earlier this year.
Again, nothing will happen to Swalwell. And the political world will soon forget about what he said. It’s already forgotten about Piers Morgan’s similar statements.
But you don’t have to forget about the idea of the government nuking Americans. Indeed, you can stay tuned for Appalling Stories 2 and read “The Order that Changed the World” to see how it factors into my totally-fiction-and-never-could-happen-in-real-life tale.
Keep following me here on The Loftus Party and on my social media accounts. I’ll let you know as soon as we publish the book.