Kesha Rogers (D-TX)
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Lakesha D. “Kesha” Rogers
Kesha Rogers, Senatorial Candidate, Texas Class II
In 2010, I ran a highly visible campaign for U.S. Congress in the 22nd district of Texas, home of Johnson Space Center, on the theme “Save NASA, Impeach Obama”. This is because shortly after I filed, Barack Obama announced the cancellation of Constellation, effectively shutting down our domestic human space flight program. This was an attack, not just on tens of thousands of jobs in the NASA community, but on the most advanced scientific and industrial capacity in our nation. Shut down the driver of scientific progress, and you shut down the future. For that reason, I demanded his impeachment, and rallied people around my campaign on street corners and highway overpasses, adapting the “Come and Take It” flag from the Battle of Gonzales with the Space Shuttle.
I also put the Hitler mustache on Obama, because his healthcare legislation values money over peoples’ lives, which is explicitly a crime Nazi doctors were found guilty of during their trials at Nuremberg, in addition to more well known horrors. By raising the specter of Hitler’s T-4 program in Obama’s IPAB, Democratic Party bloggers screamed that I was arguing that “making sure everyone has coverage” was the same thing as the Holocaust. Yet what do we see, three years later? Hospitals are going bankrupt nationwide, public medical services are being cut, people are losing their coverage en masse, preventive screenings are being denied in the name of “cost-effectiveness”, and there is widespread promotion of euthanasia and abortions in a society that can’t afford to pay for both rent and medicine. Make no mistake: Obamacare is a pro-death “health” program.
This fight was taken to the streets, door-to-door, and in public forums. I pushed the only real solution, ending the dictatorship of money per se, with a new Glass-Steagall Act, and a return to productive industry, as typified by NASA, and other Kennedy-era projects. I won the Democratic Primary with 52% of the vote in a three-way race, with no organizational or financial support from the party itself. I went on to get over 62,000 votes in the general election, despite being outspent 10:1 in a district personally gerrymandered by Tom DeLay, against a Congressman hand selected by Dick Cheney and JP Morgan Case executives.
I ran again in 2012, but this time, the Democratic Party, especially in Fort Bend County, went completely insane. Since they could not debate the issues I was raising about Obama (that his warrantless wiretapping, drone killing of Americans without trial, unauthorized regime change in Libya, indefinite detention of Americans without charge, and other abuses of executive power sounded awfully like Bush and Cheney), they waged an aggressive libel campaign, calling me racist, cultish, socialist, and anti-Semitic, they passed a resolution “condemning” my campaign, and even said I wanted to kill the president! Despite such antics, I stayed on course by fighting it out with the population, and they nominated me a second time, by only 109 votes. Don’t ever think that your vote doesn’t count! In the general election, over 80,000 people cast their vote for me, yet to this day these same Democrats pitifully whine, “People didn’t know whom they were voting for.”
As part of a national slate of candidates affiliated with physical economist Lyndon LaRouche, these two campaigns were not isolated events, but a coordinated effort in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Michigan, Texas, and Washington to force a shift in top-down national policy for a new presidency. We ran, not for President, but on a Presidential policy, and our coordinated efforts have succeeded in forcing our platform into Congress, even if we didn’t make it there ourselves.
Prior to my bids for U.S. Congress, I ran a statewide campaign for Chair of the Democratic Party in 2006, with the theme “Out of the Bushes, Into the Future!” This made both national and international impact at the time. I also was a state leader in the national campaign effort to ‘Improve Texas without DeLay’, fighting tirelessly both here in Texas and in Washington D.C. to run the notorious ‘Hammer’, and his kindred corruption and cronyism out of Congress. While Delay is now long gone, obviously the dictatorship of money per se is still infecting both political parties, and their petty fights on social issues while society collapses is already killing people.
I come from a lower middle class family. My father is a minister in Simonton 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 – San Marcos, 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 Policy Institute over 10 years ago. One of the most beautiful things that recruited me to join the LaRouche movement, is its emphasis on Classical singing and composition, especially with the Negro Spirituals, adding a new depth of profundity to songs I had sang while growing up.
When I am not running my own political campaigns for office, I work as a full time volunteer with the LaRouche Political Action Committee, continuing to push against these same problems and fight for these same solutions. In 2011, I married the love of my life, Ian Overton. We do not have any children, choosing instead to focus on our careers at this time. Together we are teaching our fellow citizens of all ages about the science and art of real political statecraft, by going back through the original works of such towering geniuses as Plato, Jesus Christ, Nicolaus of Cusa, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Schiller, and Shelley, to scientists like Johannes Kepler, Gauss, Riemann, Einstein, and biogeochemist Vladimir Vernadsky, and the American intellectual tradition of Ben Franklin, Hamilton, Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and John Kennedy, who drafted and maintained our Constitution as a republic of, by, and for the people.
This is my life’s passion, and I look forward to sharing this with you as we meet out on the streets, on the internet, in your homes or businesses, and across the state of Texas, as I campaign to be your next U.S. Senator.
General Election 2012 TX District 22
2012 Kesha Rogers Congressional Candidate Texas District 22
2012 Campaign links: Kesha Rogers (D-TX-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.