Vivek Ramaswamy wins important place in straw poll with 7 bold, unapologetic truths

As the first Millennial to run for President of the United States, 37-year-old Vivek Ramaswamy is making some impressive waves in the GOP primary race, beating out Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a recent Turning Point USA straw poll to take the lead as the top “second choice” for the Republican nomination, should former President Donald Trump somehow be excluded from consideration.

Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk announced at the Turning Point Action Conference that, not surprisingly, Trump won the straw poll with 85% of the votes. But it was the runner-up choice that Kirk found “interesting.”

“If not Trump, who would your next choice be?” Kirk asked. “The conventional wisdom would be the governor of Florida, or Nikki Haley, or Mike Pence.”

But, in a stunning show of support, TP Action attendees bucked “conventional wisdom,” and, with 50 percent of the votes, Vivek Ramaswamy was selected as their backup to the MAGA King.

“That is pretty amazing, isn’t it?” Kirk asked the applauding audience.

The young entrepreneur’s message is clearly resonating with young people. Jubilant chants of “Vivek! Vivek! Vivek!” echoed through the TPUSA convention.

Ramaswamy’s commitment to common sense and the “TRUTH” is an unwavering breath of fresh air to conservatives who are fed up and exhausted by what they see as the “uniparty” chaos and gaslighting in today’s America.

For many, Ramaswamy comes across as fearless. He is unafraid to tackle head-on the controversial topics that average Americans care most about.

Take his unapologetic stance on affirmative action.

“America has no caste system,” Ramaswamy wrote in a Sunday op-ed for the New York Post. “There is no titled nobility barring entry to talented people based on their family background.”

But, he argued, Americans today aren’t actually getting ahead on the content of their character or their contributions.

“It turns out we’ve been living in a strictly enforced aristocracy — one based on where you fall in the ‘intersectional hierarchy’ or oppression index,” Ramaswamy wrote. “We’ve replaced color-blindness with merit-blindness and left ourselves utterly in the dark as to how to find competent individuals to start fixing our most serious problems.”

The presidential hopeful pointed to the recent Supreme Court decision ending affirmative action in college admissions.

“Finally, our sacred meritocracy would be restored! Excellence would matter again. A student’s intellectual ability would be valued again. GPAs and SAT scores might even make a comeback!” he exclaimed.

Now, Ramaswamy stated, “the blatantly unconstitutional practices” need to be stricken from “corporate America.”

“[M]ake no mistake — ugly racial quotas and unconstitutional policies are in full effect at corporate America’s HR departments,” he wrote. “Anyone who works at a large company understands this.”

“Less-qualified people are routinely hired and promoted over others based on shallow, literally skin-deep metrics,” he continued. “Hiring employees from disfavored demographic groups — men, Asians, heterosexuals, whites — won’t help boost your corporate ESG (environment, social and governance) score, so why bother?”

Ramaswamy praised the 13 Republican attorneys general who last week fired off a cautionary letter to Fortune 100 CEOs, warning them against hiring and promotion practices that discriminate “on the basis of race” in the name of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI).

“Could the new Supreme Court ruling also apply to corporate America?” Ramaswamy asked. “As 13 courageous state attorneys general recently pointed out in their letter to the Fortune 100 CEOs, it sure does.”

“It’s thrilling to see state officials take their obligations to enforce anti-discrimination laws seriously,” he wrote. “Kudos to the AGs from Kansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia. Could these 13 states forge a new meritocratic alliance? A sanctuary region where skilled and talented people of any race could flourish without kneeling to the woke DEI gods?”

And while other GOP candidates are busy throwing insults at each other, Ramaswamy isn’t afraid to give credit where he believes it’s due.

“Of course, the Trump administration deserves credit for starting this pushback; its Department of Labor launched investigations into Microsoft and Wells Fargo over racial preferences and representation goals,” he wrote. “But starting in 2020, the newly energized equity freight train plowed through the boardroom of every big company.”

Noting that “even the airlines announced they would be hiring new pilots according to strict affirmative-action guidelines,” Ramaswamy called for the prohibition of “corporate DEI.”

“Making corporate DEI illegal is also good for the companies,” Ramaswamy stated. “If applied, this law would prevent them from making terrible business decisions — decisions that harm qualified applicants, keep talented people from achieving success, wreck valuable brands and make flyers worry about their plane crashing.”

“Federal law is now crystal clear that these corporate policies are illegal,” the rising Republican stated. “We will see whether the Biden administration — which has so loudly claimed to support the Civil Rights Act — will enforce it.”


Melissa Fine


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