For Libertarian Randall Weissbuch, it isn’t whether he wins or
loses -- his main goal of running for congress in November is to get
his message across.
Voters in the 26th Congressional District, which includes La
Crescenta, Montrose and La Canada Flintridge -- will choose between
Weissbuch, who is a physician; incumbent Rep. David Dreier
(R-Covina); and Democrat Marjorie Musser Mikels, a constitutional
attorney from Upland.
Weissbuch, 59, said his philosophy is aligned closely with that of
the Libertarian platform.
“I feel strongly about reducing the size of government back to its
constitutional level,” the Arcadia resident said. “The basic role of
government is to protect lives and property and to enforce contracts.
Most of what the government does is not allowed by the constitution.”
Weissbuch said the government’s war on drugs has been a disaster
that has increased the rate of alcoholism in the country.
“I believe that all drugs should be legalized and this will take
away our government’s reading our e-mails, listening in on our
telephone conversations, investigating our bank accounts in order to
see if you’re laundering money,” he said. “Basically, our government
is spying on us in the name of drugs and in the name of terrorism.”
Weissbuch -- who hasn’t raised or spent any money during his
campaign -- is in the race to get his ideas out there, he said.
“We don’t have any delusions about getting elected,” he said.
“We’re still in the stage of trying to disseminate these incredible
ideas which our country was originally founded on.”
Other issues he feels passionately about include doing away with
election contribution rules, the social-security system and the
public-education system, which he says is riddled with bureaucracy.
Weissbuch ran and lost in the last congressional election.