Presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy recently unveiled a list of 10 foundational beliefs on social media, touching upon topics of faith, gender and economic systems.
Ramaswamy, a prominent figure in the biotech industry, is currently campaigning for the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
The list began with the affirmations “God is real” and “There are only two genders.” The latter has been a point of debate among progressive circles.
The longshot candidate’s list emphasized the significance of fossil fuels, denounced “reverse racism” and championed parental rights in determining their children’s education.
Ramaswamy also praised the U.S. Constitution as the strongest guarantor of freedoms in history.
He trails far behind former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in presidential polling, but his numbers have been incrementally increasing. There is a lot of campaigning between now and the primaries.
Two August polls show double-digit support for the tech entrepreneur, according to results compiled by RealClear Politics.
1. God is real.
2. There are two genders.
3. Human flourishing requires fossil fuels.
4. Reverse racism is racism.
5. An open border is no border.
6. Parents determine the education of their children.
7. The nuclear family is the greatest form of governance known to mankind.
8. Capitalism lifts people up from poverty.
9. There are three branches of the U.S. government, not four.
10. The U.S. Constitution is the strongest guarantor of freedoms in history.
During an event at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, Ramaswamy spoke about his personal journey, according to a Fox News report.
“My parents came to this country 40 years ago with no money in a single generation,” Ramaswamy recalled.
“I have gone on to found multi-billion dollar companies and did it while marrying my wife, Apoorva, and raising our two sons,” he continued. “That is the American dream, and I am deeply worried that that American dream will not exist for my two sons and their generation.”
Ramaswamy discussed the nation’s current identity crisis, noting the decline of traditional values like faith, patriotism, hard work and family.
The 38-year-old presidential candidate opined these values have been overshadowed by emerging secular ideologies, adding millennials yearn for a deeper purpose.
“We are starved for purpose and meaning and identity at a time in our national history when the things that used to fill our void. Faith, patriotism, belief in God, nation,” said Ramaswamy.
“The things we talked about when those have disappeared. That leaves a moral vacuum in its wake. And I think that that presents our opportunity, not speaking to conservatives, I’m speaking to Americans.”
He views it as an opportunity to step up and to fill that void with a vision of what it means to be an American today.
Ramaswamy is set to participate in the August 23 Republican debate at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee that will be moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.