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    Who Is Vivek Ramaswamy?

    Published: Thursday, August 24, 2023

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    Before this guy entered the Republican presidential contest, I had never heard of him. So, I had some quick catching up to do.

    My research uncovered one element of his candidacy that is incredibly spectacular—almost unheard of—for any presidential contender, regardless of political party. I’ll explain as I go along.

    Vivek Ramaswamy is a 38-year-old descendent of immigrant Hindu Indian parents and—unlike Donald Trump—is a true self-made billionaire. A graduate of Harvard and Yale and a biologist, Ramaswamy made his fortune as a biotech investor and head of a drug-development company.

    From his website and under the title Truth, he lists:

    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.


    There are seven essential categories from which I judge any political candidate:

    1. The life issue (abortion)
    2. The Second Amendment (gun control)
    3. Vaccine mandates
    4. The Warfare State: the war in Ukraine in particular
    5. The “Woke” agenda
    6. Energy: the “green” and “global warming” agendas in particular
    7. Israel: support for Zionist wars, ethnic cleansing, etc.


    The Life Issue

    Ramaswamy said

    “I think abortion is murder," he said. "Murder is regulated at the state level. I think we've got to keep it there.”

    Ramaswamy describes himself as a strict constitutionalist and, therefore, believes that abortion is not a federal issue but a State issue, because, as he said, abortion is murder, and murder is a State issue. He also said he agreed with the overturn of Roe v Wade by the Supreme Court.

    He said he supports a State’s six-week abortion ban, but said he also supports exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. This statement puts him at odds with himself. If abortion is murder, then abortion is still murder regardless of how insemination occurred. And the life of the mother argument has long been shown to be nothing but a red herring.

    But he’s the only presidential contender that you’ll hear say, “Abortion is murder.” That’s a major positive. But the rest of his stance on abortion is not very different from most Republicans—albeit Ramaswamy does seem to have a better grasp of the Constitution than any I’ve heard since Ron Paul, who is in a league of his own as a congressman known nationwide as a constitutional scholar.

    The Second Amendment

    Ramaswamy calls for the abolishment of the ATF.

    "The ATF is an agency beyond repair. I have already pledged to shut down the FBI and to rebuild a new federal law enforcement apparatus from scratch. This new apparatus can perform the function of background checks without creating a gun registry or shadow database - and I will shut down the ATF whose culture has become so toxic that it cannot merely be 'reformed,'" Ramaswamy will say, according to a preview of the speech obtained by Fox News Digital.             

    Ramaswamy will also call for expanded Second Amendment rights for Americans, including making constitutional carry the "law of the land." 

    "I will support a national constitutional carry law that allows Americans to carry their firearms on their person, no matter what state you live in," he will tell the crowd.

    "In America, the armed citizenry balances out the government and its military: it's the last bastion that deters the government from unconstitutional overreach." (Source)

    “I’m an unapologetic supporter of the Second Amendment and an unapologetic supporter of the Constitution. The First Amendment is the most important. But the Second Amendment was second for another reason; it was the second most important. Because if you go to any other country in the world, from China to Iran, they promise you all the same rights, or many of the same rights that the US does, but you don’t get them. You want to know why? The thing they’re missing is the Second Amendment. Our Founding Fathers and our Founders understood that deeply.” (Source)

    Every Republican claims to be pro-Second Amendment, even if they are not—like Donald Trump. On this issue, Ramaswamy’s position sounds very similar to that of Ron DeSantis. These two gentlemen are doubtless the strongest advocates of the Second Amendment in the entire GOP presidential field—albeit, since becoming governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has done NOTHING to overturn his State’s Red Flag gun confiscation law.

    Vaccine Mandates

    The corrupt FDA says you don’t have the right to even *try* medicines that haven’t been through 10+ years of testing, yet the government *mandated* Covid vaccines that sailed through FDA approval in less than 1 year. You can’t believe both things at once. Countless FDA regulations and actions are hypocritical, harmful & unconstitutional. I [Ramaswamy] will rescind them accordingly, using the Supreme Court’s holding in West Virginia vs. EPA as my legal basis for doing so. For years I was coached by industry veterans not to speak out against FDA. It’s well known that if you anger FDA, they will punish you by blackballing review of your drug review applications. “FDA never forgets” is a quietly-whispered, well-known pharma industry adage. Well, they could only shut me up for so long. Now I speak freely as a citizen. (Source)

    I was dead set against the Covid vaccine mandates. I still am. (Source)

    Due to the stand that Democrat Robert Kennedy, Jr. takes against mandated vaccinations, Ramaswamy said he will choose Mr. Kennedy as his running mate if he is nominated. (I believe that would be a big mistake.) 

    Again, only Ron DeSantis is as strongly anti-vaccine mandates as Ramaswamy. And both of these gentlemen are head and shoulders above Donald Trump, who is solely responsible for the Covid vaccine mandates that plagued the world and killed millions of people during the past three years.

    The Ukraine War

    According to the New York Times:

    He [Ramaswamy] would not spend another dollar on aid to Ukraine but would use military force to “annihilate” Mexican drug cartels.

    The Hill reports:

    Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Saturday for pushing for Ukraine’s admission into NATO, accusing the Republican lawmaker of “marching us to the brink of nuclear war.” 

    “@JoeBiden needs to man up to his bully-friend Zelensky & clearly state that we are dead-set opposed to Ukrainian admission to NATO,” Ramaswamy tweeted, ahead of next week’s NATO summit in Lithuania. “This should be a hard red line.”  

    “It’s shameful that even Republicans like @LindseyGrahamSC are now pushing for it,” he added. “Stop marching us to the brink of nuclear war.”  

    Ramaswamy called NATO’s further expansion “sheer lunacy” and vowed not to be “bullied” by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky if elected. 

    “As President I’ll refuse to be bullied by an anti-democratic comedian-turned-leader & it’s truly mystifying to me that the rest of the West is eating out of this Pied Piper’s hand every day,” he added.

    Ramaswamy is doubtless at the top of the ladder in his convictions to free America from its stupid proxy war in Ukraine. Trump and DeSantis are fighting for second. Everyone else in the field is as bloodthirsty for war as Joe Biden.

    The “Woke” Agenda

    “Woke Inc.” was Ramaswamy’s 2021 breakout moment, filled with pithy lines about wokeness, which the entrepreneur said “means obsessing about race, gender, and sexual orientation. Maybe climate change too.”  

    Fast Company magazine said the book offered an insider’s perspective in explaining “why corporations that pick up social justice causes like TikTok dances are not merely tacky, but actively harmful for society.” (Source)

    For Ramaswamy, being “anti-woke” is central to his political brand. Leaving his biotech company following pressures for him to “make a statement in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement,” Ramaswamy called at CPAC for “an opportunity for the conservative movement to rise to the occasion and fill that void with a vision of American national identity that runs so deep that it dilutes this woke poison to irrelevance.” He later launched his own firm intended to pressure companies to quit ESG initiatives. 

    On Saturday, Ramaswamy called “woke” a “cultural cancer” in America, saying that, as president, he would advocate for starting over with agencies that “have become a cancerous rot.” (Source)

    Again, it is Ramaswamy and DeSantis at the head of the pack on this issue. All of the others are non-existent on the subject.

    Energy

    Mr. Ramaswamy accepts the established science that the burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet, but his answer is to “drill, frack, burn coal” and use more fossil fuels. That will supposedly unleash economic growth that will pay for mitigation efforts to shield everyone from climate change. (Source)

    In interviews and on the stump, he’s said he would end affirmative action, which he calls a “cancer” on American life. He would close down the Education Department, limit the power of the Federal Reserve, send U.S. armed forces to the Mexican border and stop big “woke” corporations from using environmental, social and governance, or ESG considerations to measure their performance.  

    In an interview, Ramaswamy said he’s “not a climate denier,” but sees the world’s warming as “not entirely bad.” He says the goal of limiting carbon emissions is “flawed” and that “people should be proud to live a high-carbon lifestyle.” He said “we have a far better chance” of growing out of the problem “than trying to engineer the climate itself.”  

    He also sees climate activism as one of three “secular religions” that “has America in a chokehold.” He said “the climate religion has about as much to do with the climate as the Spanish Inquisition had to do with Christ, which is to say nothing at all. It is about power, dominion, control, punishment.”   

    More than other GOP presidential contenders, Ramaswamy targets his criticism on Wall Street sustainability policies. He’s written letters to corporations such as Chevron, criticizing the company’s support for a carbon tax and its calculation of “Scope 3” emissions — those generated when consumers use a product, such as buying gasoline to drive a car. (Source)

    Again, it’s Ramaswamy and DeSantis at the head of the pack.

    Israel

    Everything was rolling along according to accepted GOP parameters, with Ramaswamy either tied with DeSantis or in some cases out front of DeSantis for the honor of carrying the conservative torch into the nomination race—until this issue!

    Everyone who faithfully reads this column knows that when it comes to Israel, EVERY national politician (with very few exceptions), especially EVERY presidential contender, must bow the knee to Tel Aviv. Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter: They are all toadies for Zionist Israel, including DeSantis, Trump, Haley, Pence, Christie, et al.

    In my lifetime, the only major party presidential candidate that wasn’t owned by Israel was Dr. Ron Paul. From Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan, from George H.W. Bush to Bill Clinton, from G.W. Bush to Barack Obama, from Donald Trump to Joe Biden: All of them are bought and paid for by Israel.

    And EVERY presidential contender—Democrat or Republican—in the 2024 election race is bought and paid for by Israel. That is, EVERY presidential contender except Vivek Ramaswamy, it appears.

    Ramaswamy said in an interview with British actor and activist Russell Brand this month that his commitment would be to US interests only.

    “There’s no North Star commitment to any one country other than the United States of America,” he said when asked about aid to Israel.

    Ramaswamy’s proposal to scale back aid for Israel comes as the candidate rises in the polls, making him a greater target for his Republican rivals. (Source)

    Rising GOP Presidential Candidate Calls to End U.S. Military Aid to Israel as Part of Mideast Normalization

    Vivek Ramaswamy says that an Abraham Accords 2.0 with the likes of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar could help wean Israel off U.S. military aid by 2028, and ‘get it on its own two feet.’ (Source)

    Whoa! Vivek Ramaswamy is actually saying he will end foreign aid to Israel? Yes, he apparently is.

    Ramaswamy’s constitutional position on ending foreign aid to Israel puts him in rarified air. It also makes him the biggest target on planet earth, especially if he starts pulling away from the GOP pack and begins overtaking Trump as the Republican front-runner.

    The Western Deep State is run by Zionists from top to bottom. I hope Vivek truly understands the danger he is in by daring to touch politics’ “third rail.”

    Obviously, it is still very early, and we have much yet to learn. But at this juncture, and by my seven measuring sticks, Ramaswamy scores pretty high. Vivek’s position against sending aid to Zionist Israel is one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen in a national politician since Ron Paul sat in Congress—and it sets him apart from, well, everybody. 

    I sure miss Dr. Paul. Happy 88th Birthday, Ron! 

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