A Democratic senatorial candidate from Texas is calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.
“This president has to be impeached immediately to stop his drive toward World War III,” Kesha Rogers told Examiner.
The Texan is not alone in the Lone Star State. She is, however, the only Democratic candidate saying such things.
In the reddest of red states, no fewer than four sitting congressmen, the lieutenant governor and a U.S. senator have discussed Obama’s removal.
Republican Rep. Steve Stockman -- who, like Rogers, is running to unseat Sen. John Cornyn – gave House colleagues copies of the book, “Impeachable Offenses: The case for removing Barack Obama from office,” by Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliott.
Texas’ other Republican senator, Ted Cruz, brands Obama the "most lawless" chief executive in American history.
Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, said he thinks the House of Representatives would vote to impeach. Fellow Texas Republican Blake Farenthold echoed that view.
Rep. Louie Gohmert faults Obama on the skyrocketing debt and Rep. Lamar Smith says the president’s immigration record comes “awfully close” to violating the oath of office.
Last fall, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called for impeachment.
Rogers has them all beat by years. She staked her congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012 on the issue.
Not surprisingly, the Democratic Party scrubbed its websites of all references to her candidacy.
Yet Rogers, running against three other Democrats in a March 4 primary, insists that she is true to the spirit of the nation’s oldest political party.
“I want to revive the legacy of (JFK) John F. Kennedy and FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt). The Democratic Party has to rid itself of this president immediately,” she declares.
While Republicans blame Obama for everything from a politicized IRS and a raft of executive orders to the ongoing Western drought, Rogers sees a still bigger picture.
“(Republican) members have laid out offenses, but haven’t done anything. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue – it’s a question of the oath of office,” she says.
Rogers, whose Senate run is supported by 1980 Democratic presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, said that after graduating from Texas State University – San Marcos in 2001, she realized that her generation “had been given no future and had been maliciously robbed of the knowledge of principles and methods necessary for building one.”
She concluded that Obama, like his predecessor, George W. Bush (another Texan) have fatally undermined national interests.
“It’s a continuation of U.S. policies creating confrontations across the world, and going along with Wall Street,” Rogers says. She cites political upheavals in Syria and Ukraine as current examples of staged “imperialist” conflict. Venezuela looms as another.
Asserting that global “financial speculation” drives international tensions and undermines national sovereignty, Rogers favors a return to the Glass-Steagall Act that protected Main Street depositors from Wall Street brokerages.
On Glass-Steagall, she’s in line with several senators, including Democrat Elizabeth Warren, Independent Bernie Sanders and Republican John McCain. All support legislation to restore the FDR-era law that was repealed in 1999. Repeal set the stage for Wall Street’s meltdown and the multibillion-dollar bailout by taxpayers less than a decade later.
Ultimately, Rogers says the buck stops at the White House.
“Russia knows this. China knows this. You have to start from the top,” Rogers said of America’s chief executive.
Obama has not publicly acknowledged talk of impeachment from Texas … or anywhere else. And even rock-ribbed Republicans backpedal on the legal basis for removal.
When asked what it would take to oust the president before his term expires, Sen. Cruz glibly responded: “218 votes in the House.”
Rogers says she has reached out to Rep. Stockman’s office in an effort to bridge the partisan gap and advance impeachment. She has yet to hear back.
“I’m contacting members of Congress who have spoken out. I’m encouraging voters to do the same,” she said.
Andrew Napolitano, a former judge who has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution, places a pox on all the houses.
“The whole purpose of separating government powers is the preservation of personal liberty by preventing the accumulation of too much power in one branch or, heaven forbid, in one person,” he wrote recently in the Washington Times.
“Whoever permits this to take place lacks fidelity to the Constitution, is unworthy of holding government power in a free society and should be removed from office.”