Actually he’s not a girl, he’s a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. But I’m really jazzed because I’m going to see Elvis Costello in DC in a couple of weeks, Al Stewart after that, so I lifted one of Costello’s song titles for a headline. It has a vague connection to this article about Vivek Ramaswamy.
It seems every presidential year the GOP offers up a brilliant guy from the minority community who would make a great president. Ben Carson comes to mind per 2016. Alan Keyes before that. This year it’s Ramaswamy.
The candidate does decently in the primaries and sometimes comes across as the only adult on the debate stage. He can put together a coherent sentence and has been a success outside of politics. Ramaswamy is a bit more than that. Read his words. The guy, at least rhetorically, is a dream walking.
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“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.
“I think we need to put ‘merit’ back into ‘America’ in every spirit of our lives…I grew up in Ohio in the ’90s as a skinny kid with nerdy glasses and a funny last name,” Ramaswamy said. “My parents taught me that if you’re going to stand out, then you might as well be outstanding. Achievement was my ticket to get ahead. I went on to found multibillion-dollar companies. And I did it while getting married, raising a family and following my faith in God.”
His vision is about restoring the “national identity in America,” halting the “vacuum” in younger generations who have succumbed to “the poison of wokeism and climatism and transgenderism, and COVIDism for that matter.”
His other ideas include “restoring free speech,” making political expression a civil right, and banning Big Tech censorship executed at the behest of the government. He’s for “dismantling” affirmative action and for putting a stop to the “new climate religion,” which he calls a “cancer on the American soul.” Not bad at all.
However, just like Carson, if he doesn’t attack the nominee too vigorously he could find himself only in a meaningless Cabinet post, like HUD. That’s a pity because Ramaswamy talks it and walks it. In fact, if a candidate like Trump isn’t careful he could end up being made a fool of by a mature articulate adult like Ramaswamy.
So let’s give the guy some serious consideration, not just write him off as this year’s girl. At the very least he makes the conversation better by far and elevates the tone of the issues debate. At best, he could actually be in the serious running for president of the United States.
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