It has long been anticipated that Republicans would have a broad field of candidates vying against former President Donald Trump for the party's presidential nomination in 2024, and that process is already beginning to take shape.
On Tuesday, staunchly conservative author and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy announced his candidacy to be the GOP nominee, according to Fox News.
And in doing so, the 37-year-old activist laid out a bold and transformative policy agenda to restore the nation's founding ideals and principles and remind all Americans of the fundamental issues that can unify the country.
Ramaswamy made his announcement Tuesday during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson and immediately sought to address the "national identity crisis" caused by the left's devotion to "diversity" for diversity's sake and his view that "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."
"That's why I am proud to say tonight that I am running for United States president to revive those ideals in this country, those basic rules of the road," he said, such as meritocracy, freedom of speech, and that elected officials should be in charge of and accountable for the government instead of faceless and unelected federal bureaucrats.
"I think we need to put 'merit' back into 'America in every sphere of our lives," Ramaswamy said, and that especially applies to which immigrants are welcomed into the country as well as "who gets ahead" by way of hard work and achievements instead of "affirmative action," which he fully intends to "end in every sphere of American life."
He also insisted that America's new "secular religions," such as the "woke" leftist ideology and climate change," need to be "taken to the slaughterhouse," and called out the Chinese communist regime, followed closely by the Mexican drug cartels, as the top threats facing the nation in terms of foreign policy priorities.
Ramaswamy further suggested the need for a national "declaration of independence" and "complete decoupling" from China, which would not be "easy" but is necessary to help restore America's strength and revive its "national identity" that he believes is still broadly shared by most Americans.
In addition to announcing his candidacy on Tucker Carlson's program, Ramaswamy also released a five-minute initial campaign ad that explained why he had decided to run to be the next president of the United States.
The son of legal immigrants from India who grew up in Ohio "as a skinny kid with nerdy glasses and a funny last name," Ramaswamy was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech and has since devoted himself to making that dream a reality for himself and others.
"My parents taught me that if you’re going to stand out, then you might as well be outstanding," he said. "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."
"This isn’t just a political campaign; this is a cultural movement to create a new dream for the next generation of Americans, and this time around it isn't just about money," Ramaswamy said. "It's about the unapologetic pursuit of excellence in our country."
"E Pluribus Unum -- From Many, One," is the "dream" that helped America win so many wars and serves as a beacon of hope to the rest of the world, "and if we can revive that dream over fractious group identity, then nobody in the world -- not a nation, not a corporation, not a virus -- is gonna defeat us. That is what American exceptionalism is all about, and that is what we need to revive in order to save this great nation."
As of now, Ramaswamy is only the third Republican to formally announce their candidacy, and he joins former President Trump along with former South Carolina governor and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in what will likely eventually end up being a rather crowded primary field.
According to Fox News, the young candidate has already begun to lay the groundwork for his campaign with a "listening tour" to hear what average Americans are saying as well as multiple trips planned to early primary states like New Hampshire.