Belief in the American Dream
Unlike nations throughout history, the United States is founded on the idea that everyone has the right to pursue big dreams. Success in America doesn’t depend on the circumstances of one’s birth; instead, as Abraham Lincoln said, “work, work, work is the main thing.” Ron DeSantis knows this because he has lived it and he embodies it.
A native Floridian from a working class family, Ron studied, worked and paid his way through Yale University, where he took on every odd job he could find to earn an education. He was the varsity baseball captain and graduated with honors in History. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School while he worked numerous jobs to pay the tuition.
Ron rejected the political leftism that pervaded these institutions. He found the prevailing ethos at these schools to be hostile to religious faith, unreasonably critical of America, and antagonistic to the free enterprise system.
Despite those years in liberal higher education, Ron never wavered or hid his firm conservative convictions, something he went on to prove with his words and with his actions.
He turned down the business suit, and put on a uniform.
Service to the Country
After graduation, Ron reported for duty with the U.S. Navy. Ron served our nation in uniform as a JAG prosecutor, and deployed to Iraq as an advisor for a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL counterinsurgency mission. For his sustained performance in Iraq, the Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command awarded him the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.
While in the Navy, he supported operations at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which is home to some of the world’s most ruthless terrorists. He also served as a federal prosecutor, aggressively seeking justice in cases ranging from theft of sensitive military property to child exploitation.
Citizen Leadership in the Reagan Tradition
Today, Ron continues to serve as an officer in the United States Navy reserve. With his wife, Casey, he remains dedicated to being true to the enduring principles on which America was founded.
As he witnessed politicians such as Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid turn their back on America’s founding principles, Ron decided to do something about it. To this end, he authored a book on the origin and the importance of America’s founding principles called Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in The Age of Obama. Rather than seeking to accommodate bigger government and accepting a post-constitutional society, Ron chooses to champion and advocate for a truly limited government in accordance with our Founders’ vision.
Like the greatest President of his lifetime, Ronald Reagan, Ron’s conservatism is an outgrowth of his understanding of – and belief in – the bedrock principles of American society. These first principles guide Ron as a citizen seeking to put the American people back in control of their own destiny. He fully understands that we are supposed to be a people served by our government, not mastered by it.
Ron will be guided by these core convictions as a U.S. Congressman. He represents a new generation of conservative leaders who we need to save the Republic from decay and insolvency.