The conservative author and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy announced his presidential candidacy for 2024 on Tuesday. Ramaswamy came on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News to make his major news while releasing a campaign video on his newly-launched website.
On Fox News, Ramaswamy stated the country is experiencing a national identity crisis because the U.S. has celebrated the nation’s diversity and differences for so long that most have forgotten all the ways in which Americans share the same ideals that set the nation on course 250 years ago. Moreover, he stated that he was happy to announce that he was running for president of the United States in order to restore those basic rules of the road, meritocracy, and the notion that advancement in society is not determined by your skin color but by your character.
Ramaswamy underlined the importance of meritocracy and advocated for the abolition of affirmative action and free expression. He also addressed international affairs, identifying China as the United States’ principal rival.
In his official campaign kickoff video, Ramaswamy stated that the nation is “hungry for a purpose.” He spoke about the national identity crisis and the fact that our nation is eager for a cause, a mission, and a purpose. The things that used to fill that emptiness, such as faith, patriotism, hard work, and family, no longer exist. To satisfy our deeper desire for identification, people have adopted one secular religion after another, from “COVIDism” to “climatism and gender ideology.” According to Ramaswamy, the nation cannot answer the question, what does being an American mean?
Next, Ramaswamy discussed how individuals on the left have created “psychological enslavement” by preventing people from speaking up for fear of being called racist and bigoted. This is not only a political campaign but a cultural movement to construct a new American ideal for the next generation, and that is why he is declaring his candidacy for president of the United States.
Prior to his announcement Ramaswamy hinted at a possible run, and in January, he flew to Iowa. During his time there, he spoke to farmers and Republican officials about revitalizing national identity and combating the influence of progressive ideas. Ramaswamy told the Daily Caller that America is experiencing a national identity crisis because the elements that formerly defined American national identity have vanished.
Ramaswamy is the third Republican contender to launch his candidacy, following former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Ramaswamy stated that it is up to the voters in 2024 to determine which nominee to support.
According to Ramaswamy, sometimes, people become fixated on the ‘who’ without examining the ‘what’ and ‘why.'” The focus of 2023 should be on identifying the “what” and “why.” Then, in 2024, it will be up to the electorate to determine which candidate can best accomplish this program.
Ramaswamy began his professional career on Wall Street before entering the pharmaceutical industry with Roivant Sciences, which develops treatments that the industry has abandoned. In 2021, he left Roivant and founded Strive Asset Management with the goal of depoliticizing corporate America from the environmental, social, and governance investment movement. Ramaswamy’s estimated net wealth is around $500 million, and he plans to fund his own campaign.
Ramaswamy is a first-generation American, a Harvard undergraduate, and a Yale law graduate. As a best-selling book, Ramaswamy published Woke Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Fraud in 2021 and Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Road Back to Excellence in 2022.
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