Friday, March 31, 2006

Another Candidate for State Party Chair

I am getting ready for my John Courage House Party and this gem comes in. Keep in mind that the new candidate has worked for Lyndon LaRouche the perennial fringe candidate for President.

LaRouche supporters were trained to "lobby" delegates at the convention in Boston. This lobbying was basically aggressively attacking delegates on the street and telling them to cast their vote for LaRouche instead of Kerry. This tactic was so effective that every delegate voted for John Kerry.

That is old news though. The important thing is that Lakesha Rogers is running for state party chair now.
Lakesha Rogers from Houston has announced her candidacy to be Texas Democratic Party Chair. Rogers, a Democratic Party activist who is a former member of the Harris County Democratic Party Executive Committee, is a member of the LaRouche Youth Movement, and will emphasize her skills in recruiting youth to the Party.

"I'm running, " she said, "because we Democrats have to take the state back. To do this, we are going to have to make a serious effort to bring young people into politics, to give them a voice in the Party, give them responsibility in shaping the future."

A key to this, she added, is to engage in a vigorous debate around a platform. "The Cheney-Bush administration has trampled on our Constitution, whether in the lies, corruption and general incompetence involved in its pursuit and handling of the Iraq war, or its malign negligence exemplified in its handling of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the collapse of manufacturing and infrastructure, and the rip-off of seniors with its phony prescription drug
bill."

She called on Texas Democrats to join her in taking the platform debate out of the inner sanctum of the Party -- where it has been controlled by the money-wielding fascist Felix Rohatyn, who rages against the tradition of Franklin Roosevelt -- and into the workplaces, campuses and neighborhoods, where Democratic voters have been neglected. "We need to do what FDR did," she added. "We need to bring the forgotten men and women' into the discussion, take the Party back from the pundits and pollsters and the endless pursuit of money. We are not losing elections due to the lack of money, but the lack of principled ideas."

She pledged that her campaign for Party Chair will bring in new voters, by involving them in a serious platform debate on how to serve the general welfare. "I will not limit my campaign to speaking to the delegates to the convention, but will demonstrate how we can bring new voters into the Party. I will emphasize the principles put forward by economist Lyndon LaRouche in his `Prolegomena for a Party Platform: Franklin Roosevelt's Legacy'. For Texas, this means a campaign for water, power and transportation infrastructure, so we can create decent
jobs the way FDR did to get us out of the Depression. By mobilizing the energy and creativity of youth behind these principles, we can virtually guarantee a landslide victory in the mid-term elections this November."

She called on Texas Democrats to join with her to "GET TEXAS OUT OF THE BUSHES AND INTO THE FUTURE."

As a young person I am excited about anyone who want to get youth involved in the process and I am a fan of getting more ideas out there, but I am going to go ahead and say that the race for chair is still a three person race.

If Rogers makes any impact in the race I will be surprised. I suspect her ideas will simply be adopted by Boyd Richie, Charlie Urbina-Jones, or Glen Maxey, and her voice will be pushed back because of her support for LaRouche.

10 Comments:

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Paramendra Bhagat said...

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At 6:39 PM, Blogger YaGottaLoveIt said...

Don't click on the link in the previous comment. I got a popup about a virus.

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

That is the second time that has happend. I have deleted the bogus comment and I really appreciate the notice!

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Karlos said...

Surfed in while Googling for some local (San Antonio) political stuff. I'll be back :-)

 
At 7:02 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

Glad to hear it!

 
At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the "candidate" needs to come up with some new ideas. The Grassroots Committee of SDEC was presented with a resolution by the Texas PPC to initiate a number "hearings" around the state on the Platform. We voted and approved that.

 
At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Demosthenes said...

Tell me, does Boyd Richie - who most seem to be treating as the heir apparent - have any new ideas? I haven't read anything that really inspired me other than the same ol' song and dance.

 
At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Lakesha is the best canidate running. At least she's not one of these boring old guys.

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger mother henley said...

Lakesha has brains, courage and energy. We'll see if the voters deserve her or do they deserve "one of these horing old guys".

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

That is true of all of our candidates. This site analyzes politics and tells stories that might slip threw the cracks

I appreciate the fact that you are involved in the process and that you have found this site, but everyone who has announced their candidacy believes in they are doing it for the greater good.

If you disagree with my take on the party chair race, then please give me facts, but until then, I stand by the current landscape.

 

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