(UnitedVoice.com) – The 2024 Republican primary is already heating up. Former President Donald Trump announced his candidacy shortly after the midterm elections in November. He has told voters he intends to finish where he left off at the end of his first term. The 45th POTUS also wants to undo President Joe Biden’s policies. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who worked for Trump, has also jumped into the race.
Another conservative has now declared his campaign, and he has a long history of fighting the Left’s “woke” policies.
On Tuesday, February 21, 37-year-old Vivek Ramaswamy released a 3.5-minute campaign announcement on his website. The former biotechnology executive said the United States is experiencing an “identity crisis.” He went on to say he thinks “faith, patriotism and hard work have disappeared” and been replaced by things like “climatism and gender ideology.”
Ramaswamy is a venture capitalist who wrote the books “Woke, Inc: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam,” and “Nation of Victims.” In an interview with The New York Times, he said the first thing he would do if he were elected president would be to repeal Executive Order 11246. That is the regulation that required affirmative action and banned discrimination against federal contractors.
According to the newspaper, the conservative is also calling for lawmakers to make “political expression a civil right.” That would mean private companies who discriminate against someone for their political views would be in violation of the Constitution. Currently, the First Amendment protects citizens from the government silencing their views, but not private entities.
In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Ramaswamy said Americans are “hunger[ing] for purpose at a moment when faith, patriotism and hard work” are declining. He believes the Republican Party should fill the void left by the absence of those things. Instead of offering America a robust alternative, GOP candidates repeat slogans from 40 years ago or “criticize left-wing culture” yet fail to come up with an alternative. Ramaswamy explained he is running for president because he wants to “create a new American Dream” that unapologetically pursues excellence.
It’s too early to say how the millionaire will do in the GOP primary. He doesn’t have the name recognition Trump and Haley do, but he certainly has a vision. He will have to work hard to get his message out to voters. While his candidacy is a long shot, that doesn’t mean he won’t go the distance. In 2016, the media claimed Trump was a long shot as well, and he went on to become the 45th president.
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