Angela “Bay” Buchanan, president of the American Cause and CNN political analyst spoke on the need for supporting the “War on Terror,” to about 60 people Wednesday night at MU’s Hulston Hall.
In addition to the war, Buchanan touched on issues including illegal immigration and the need for young Americans to participate in politics.
The Mizzou College Republicans said they hosted the event because of the unique perspective she brings to the world of politics.
Well known as the youngest person to serve as Secretary of the Treasury, for Ronald Reagan in 1981 at the age of 32, Buchanan is also the sister of three-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, for whom she acted as campaign chairwoman.
Following the advice of her father, Melissa Icete, an MU undergraduate attended the speech to discover “what’s going on in the world right now,” she said.
Before the speech, Alyson Gabel, vice president of public relations for the College Republicans, said she was curious to know Buchanan’s stance on the war.
“She had an interesting perspective on the war because she initially opposed it,” Gabel said.
Buchanan offers changed perspective on war
Buchanan has shifted her opinion since the onset of war and says she now agrees with Bush’s policy of routing Saddam Hussein from power, although she did not qualify her change of opinion. Although the removal of Hussein has reduced the threat of terrorism, Buchanan said she believes the United States will be involved in Iraq for a long time before a self-sufficient government can be established.
She said she doubts presumed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s ability to take over the “War on Terror,” which she said could be his downfall in the next election.
Buchanan: Illegal immigration threatens National Security
Illegal immigration from Mexico and the threat it poses to National Security was another topic Buchanan specifically addressed. She said she believes a discussion about what to do with illegal immigrants cannot begin until the border is closed. She said until possible amnesty is no longer an issue, illegal immigrants will keep trying to cross into the United States.
She said she believes people are afraid to express opinions on this topic because, by opposing immigration, people risk being labeled a xenophobe, she said. Buchanan said she believes people must endure the “firestorm of name calling” and participate in debate to discover their own beliefs.
Speaker hopes to spark public debate
Buchanan concluded her speech with a call out to young Americans to begin discussions such as these. She said she hopes to inspire college students to educate themselves on the issues because they will become the future leaders of the United States.