Vivek Ramaswamy, a conservative political figure, attributes his early conservative views to two influential people in his life. The first is his father, who worked as an engineer at GE during a period of mass layoffs. To secure his position, he enrolled in law school and became a patent attorney. Ramaswamy often engaged in political arguments with his father, not because he believed in conservatism, but because he wanted to be rebellious. The second person who shaped his conservative beliefs was his piano teacher, who was a Reagan supporter. Ramaswamy would distract his teacher by discussing controversial political issues when he hadn’t practiced piano. She eventually gave him a Reagan biography, which left a lasting impact on him.
Ramaswamy’s tendency to take contrarian positions and make provocative statements may stem from his desire to grab attention and be rebellious, similar to his interactions with his father and piano teacher. In order to maintain media interest and book interviews, a political candidate needs to say extreme or controversial things. Ramaswamy has made statements such as wanting to raise the voting age to 25, calling affirmative action institutionalized racism, supporting Vladimir Putin’s claim on parts of Ukraine, and expressing doubts about the full truth behind the 9/11 attacks.
Overall, Ramaswamy’s early conservative beliefs were shaped by his father and piano teacher, and his attention-grabbing behavior and controversial statements may stem from a desire to be contrarian and maintain media attention.
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