Campaign links: Kesha Rogers (D-TX-22)
Lakesha D. “Kesha” Rogers
Kesha Rogers Congressional Candidate Texas District 22
Biography of Kesha Rogers from Kesha Rogers for Congress
In 2010, I won the Democratic nomination for the 22nd Congressional District of Texas. I won with 52% of the vote in a three-way race, and received over 62,000 votes in the general election. The theme of my campaign was “Save NASA, Impeach Obama”, which I took to the streets and institutions across the greater Houston area. During this campaign, I made the point that my opponent was not Pete Olson, or even Obama, but the British financier oligarchy, which Obama is a puppet of. My campaign was part of a national slate of LaRouche Democrats, and we provided the Democratic Party an opportunity to break with this corruption. Today, that slate has been expanded to six, with candidates in Texas, New Jersey, California, Michigan, Washington, and Massachusetts.
In 2006, I ran for the chairmanship of the Texas Democratic Party under the famous slogan ‘Out of the Bushes and Into the Future’ making both national and international impact. I used my candidacy at that time to bring ideas and youth back into a Democratic Party, which without a return to its traditional roots in industry, agriculture, and labor would suffer both moral and intellectual death.
As one of the leaders of a national campaign effort to ‘Improve Texas without Delay’, I fought tirelessly both here in Texas and in Washington D.C. to run the notorious ‘Hammer’ Tom Delay, and his kindred corruption and cronyism out of congress. In fact, much of my intimate knowledge of the 22nd Congressional District of Texas, its people, its cities, its landmarks, and its rich history was gained in this course of that campaign, much of which I earned block by block, and conversation by conversation.
I come from a lower middle class family. My father is a minister and works in construction. My mother worked for Houston ISD for over 20 years. After graduating college in 2001 with a BA in Political Science and Speech Communications from Texas State University, I realized that my generation and those younger had been given no future, and had been maliciously robbed of the knowledge of principles and methods necessary for building one. The standard institutions of higher learning had ironically become the biggest barrier towards students wanting a real classical education. In this context, I joined and became an active leader of the LaRouche Youth Movement over nine eventful years ago. In 2011, I married the love of my life, Ian Overton, a friend and fellow organizer. Together we are teaching young people about the science and art of real political statecraft, from J.S. Bach, to Johannes Kepler, and our American intellectual tradition.
Why I am a Democrat
When people learn that I am calling for Obama’s impeachment, they often ask, “But aren’t you a Democrat?” If you were to hear what my detractors within the Democratic Party say, it appears the only qualification for being a Democrat is to support Obama, and anyone who doesn’t, isn’t a true Democrat. Prior to Obama, the Democratic Party has been the party that fought for the rights of the lower 80%, of organized labor, of scientific progress, and the welfare of the nation. Growing up, that is what I saw is right, and that’s why I became a Democrat. That’s what Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy represented, a political party fighting on behalf the people of this nation, rather than for the supremacy of Wall Street. It’s also what patriots like Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, and George Washington represented: a universal quality of mind, committed to the Preamble of our Constitution. As president FDR said, “The time has come to speak not of parties, but of universal principles.”
Lyndon LaRouche, a World War II veteran, comes from this tradition, and has recruited entire institutions of society to that outlook. I have a living connection to this heritage. My grandmother would often tell me, that her farm was saved by Roosevelt’s policies. A powerful role model in my political outlook is Rep. Barbara Jordan, who worked on JFK’s presidential campaign, and also stood above party, race, and gender in her politics. My campaign as a representative of the national slate of LaRouche Democrats is committed to keeping this American patriotic tradition alive.
The Republican Party has long since abandoned its commitment to Lincoln, and today’s Democrats have done the same with Kennedy and FDR. Both are now answering to the financier interests of Wall Street and the City of London, and going along with the destruction of our republic since 9/11 under Bush, and now Obama. It is time to discard these failed leaders, and restore our nation to its founding principles, of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.