(Print article from Olean Times Herald; not available on-line at the time of this posting.)
(Update: On-line article now available: War in Iraq a strategic blunder, Massa tells St. Bona audience)
Congressional candidate Eric Massa spoke at St. Bonaventure University yesterday. Topics discussed included the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, Election Reform, and Health Care.
Democracy cannot be built at gunpoint in a world region where American democracy is not widely accepted, he said.
Mr. Massa said it is America’s moral imperative to demand solutions to national issues instead of arguments.
“No politician in the U.S. has the right to tell me I’m un-American because I disagree with George W. Bush,” he said.
“If we destroy the Constitution of the United States of America in an effort to try to protect it, then we have lost,” he said. “Is this country worth fighting for, or do we surrender to an unprecedented power grab…when the powers they seek don’t make us secure? I’m not ready to surrender just yet.”
Massa wants “clean” election reform; of the $700,000 he has raised so far for his campaign, no contributions have come from American corporations.
(Eric Massa will also be attending and speaking at the Citizens’ Hearing on Health Care, tomorrow, 10:00 am at the Allegany-Limestone school auditorium.)