Today we had the pleasure to interview Dr. Joe Buchman, a Libertarian candidate running for the special election in Utah to replace former Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.
1. Starting off with the easiest first: What moved you to become a Libertarian? Was there a specific event or influence in your life?
I’ve always been a Libertarian, as far as I can remember. Don’t hit others; don’t take their stuff was a lesson from Kindergarten. Then as a young Boy Scout, I took the Scout Oath and Law seriously as well as the admonitions of our Methodist pastor. The core of Libertarian politics (as well as my ethics and morality) is the Non-(initiation of) Aggression Principle. There’s an “AHHA!” moment in really getting that principle that changes everything. For me, at least, it must have come at a very early age.
2. Why did you choose to run in the special election for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District?
3. On your social media and in interviews, you have been telling voters to “Go to L.” Can you state for the readers what that means?
4. You were recently in a debate sponsored by Americans For Prosperity. What do you feel was your highlight of the debate?
My closing statement. While it might have been a bit emotional, I meant every word. When my grandchild is as old as I am today (59) we will be celebrating the tricentennial of the USA. Will she live in a world of Liberty? Or will we continue our slide toward a Federal National Security State? I fear for the latter, hope for the former and deeply desire that she be proud of what her grandfather tried to do for her.
5. If you could change or add just one law in the federal government that would become the “Legacy of Joe Buchman,” what would it be?
I’d remove the Interstate Commerce Clause from the US Constitution. Its application today is nothing that the founders envisioned. It’s used to justify massive regulation, not by the US Congress, but by the independent regulatory agencies that would not exist without it. Our states were to have been 50 laboratories of best practice, and not subject to the whims of unelected, DC based, very powerful regulators.
6. President Donald Trump and his administration has been moving to increase Civil Asset Forfeiture. How will you as a Congressman react to this?
With legislation to stop this; with media appearances calling on voters to demand the rule of law. The seizure of property, prior to conviction of a crime, is theft. The only exception being catching the thief in the act. But today, the mere possession of cash, subjects the innocent to years of court battles at great expense to recover their justly acquired property. This tyranny of government is what our founders fought a war over to prevent.
7. There is a ballot initiative currently in the signature gathering process in Utah to support patient access to medicinal cannabis. Do you support this initiative? Why?
I support the right of each individual to eat, drink, smoke, ingest, inject, read, watch, listen to whatever s/he discerns is best so long as it does not put others at imminent risk (eg: driving impaired). What one does peacefully in the privacy of one’s own home should not be the concern of any government. This is the fundamental human right of self-ownership. In the extreme, without the right to your own physical body, you are someone else’s property – the very definition of slavery.
8. If you were to be elected, you would be the lone Libertarian in Washington, D.C. How do you plan to get legislation to the floor of the U.S. House?
9. One of the highlights seen on your website was a call for peace. Given that, what would you do in regard to Syria, Iraq, and ISIS in the Middle East?
10. Do you have anything else you would like to say to our readers?