The first time I saw Vivek Ramaswamy on television, I said to my wife, “I never heard of this guy before, but I can tell you now that he’s going to be president someday. He needs a few years under his belt to raise his visibility, but he could be ready by as early as 2028, or at least by 2032.” It turns out I was wrong. Ramaswamy believes he’s ready for the job now, and he’s officially announced that he’s running for president in the 2024 Republican primary.
In the event you aren’t familiar with Vivek Ramaswamy, let me just say that he’s almost too good to be true. Only 37 years old, he’s a self-made corporate titan with a net worth that Forbes estimates to be $600 million. His formal education is impeccable, with degrees from both Harvard and Yale.
On top of all this, Ramaswamy is handsome, clean cut, and possesses phenomenal verbal skills. He’s a hardcore conservative with old-school values and a genuine desire to return America to saner times when it was still tethered to its founding roots. As a bonus, he is of Indian heritage, his parents being first-generation immigrants.
In addition to Ron DeSantis, the only other prospects whom I would enthusiastically support to head the Republican ticket are Tucker Carlson, Stephen Miller, and Joe Pinion (who, realistically, needs much more exposure to become a serious contender). Nikki Haley, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, Tim Scott, et al would be in the primary race strictly for a book deal and speaking fees. (For a case study in this exercise, look no further than Mike Huckabee, who flopped in the 2016 primaries but is still introduced as “a former presidential candidate” and making more money than he ever made in his life.)
(Before moving on, it goes without saying, of course, that Donald Trump still has to be considered the frontrunner until someone proves they can unseat him, but that’s a whole other article unto itself.)
The one thing of which you can be certain is that Vivek Ramaswamy will tower over everyone else on the debate stage, which is likely to result in some vicious incoming fire, but I don’t think there’s any way for that to be avoided.
Among other things, Ramaswamy:
- Believes we need to return to a merit-based society.
- Has great disdain for “the poison of wokeism, climatism, transgenderism, and COVIDism.”
- Would dismantle affirmative action and the “new climate religion,” which he calls a “cancer on the American soul.”
- Calls for a “total decoupling” from China.
- Would ban Big Tech censorship.
- Is a strong supporter of merit-based immigration and would not grant leniency for those who broke the law when entering the country.
- Would dismantle the FBI and many other corrupt federal bureaucracies.
All of the above are admirable goals, but I have trouble accepting one of Ramaswamy’s most important premises, his insistence that Americans have much more in common than they have differences. Based on that premise, Ramaswamy wants to “bring everyone together.”
When he announced his candidacy on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Ramaswamy explained, “We are in the middle of this national identity crisis … where we have celebrated our differences for so long that we forgot all the ways we are really just the same as Americans bound by a common set of ideals that set this nation into motion 250 years ago.” His goal is to revive those ideals.
As much as I believe Vivek Ramaswamy would make a great president, I can’t buy into his premise that Americans are “bound by a common set of ideals.” If one stretches his imagination, he might be able to argue that to be the case 25 years ago, but not today. Democrats are now criminally insane reprobates who are beyond redemption.
Because the focus of Democrats is on destroying every last vestige of Western civilization, there is no way to reason with them or engage in rational discussion. And compromising with them should be off the table, because you can’t compromise between good and evil.
If Vivek Ramaswamy wants the support of America First voters, I believe he will have to face up to the reality that sane, civilized people of goodwill are in a struggle to the death with uncivilized lunatics whose goal is to enslave and/or destroy those who believe in the principles of liberty and non-aggression. In my interview with him, David Webb put it succinctly and accurately when he said that “the radical left must lose if America is to survive.”
It’s time for serious people to come to grips with the fact that at least half of the current population of the United States is rotten to the core and mentally unstable to boot. Trying to “bring everyone together” does not work when you are dealing with malevolent, psychotic criminals. I hope Vivek Ramaswamy comes to realize this before the first Republican primary debate in August. If he does, he might just cause the biggest political earthquake of our time.