Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy issued a warning that the United States grapples with a “national identity crisis,” asserting that this is the paramount threat to the nation.
During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, the Republican candidate conveyed his conviction that the nation’s dwindling “self-confidence” stands as its most profound threat. He emphasized the pivotal role of self-confidence in achieving success through capitalism.
“I think we’re in the middle of a national identity crisis where people can’t even answer the question of what it means to be an American, and that loss of national identity is, I think, the deepest threat we face,” Ramaswamy told Fox News.
“That might sound like an unconventional answer to some people because they talk about the economy, foreign policy — I think those are big challenges as well, but they are downstream of our loss of self-confidence.”
Ramaswamy elaborated on the importance of self-awareness and its role in fostering success. He asserted, “If you know who you are, you can stand up with spine on the global stage. If you know who you are, you can take risks and succeed through American capitalism as I did and so many others have living the American dream. That’s how you grow an economy.”
Identifying himself as the “embodiment” of the American dream, being a first-generation American and a billionaire, Ramaswamy expressed concerns over the nation’s transformation into something “foreign” to the vision of the Founding Fathers.
“I think the real choice we face in this primary is, do you want incremental reform from traditional Republicans? Or do you want something of a revolution?” Ramaswamy said.
“I stand on the side of revolution, and I don’t apologize for that. That makes some other people nervous, but that’s the fact of the matter of who I am and what I stand for in this race. I have a feeling that’s what the people in this country are actually going to choose.”
Ramaswamy’s current position in the polls places him third for the GOP nomination nationwide, trailing former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Given Trump’s absence from the first debate, Ramaswamy will occupy the second slot on the stage, adjacent to DeSantis. The inaugural debate for the 2024 elections is scheduled to commence at 9 p.m. EDT.
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