Is Assembly candidate Dave Wilcox just pretending to be a Republican?
Califronia State Assembly; District 44 (Los Angeles County)
Candidate: Dave Wilcox
Occupation: Business Owner
Addess: 5354 Palm Dr., La Canada, CA 91011
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://smartvoter.org/2004/03/02/ca/state/race/caasm44r/
Wilcox, who is locally registered as a Republican, is a member of the National Libertarian Party. Their extremist party platform calls for the legalization of all drugs and the elimination of all restrictions on immigration including the abolition of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Border Patrol. Wilcox has sought to place Libertarian Party members inside local Republican campaign operations despite the fact that Libertarian Party candidates are currently attempting to defeat local Republican state legislators. Wilcox's own Web site at http://www.dcwindustries.com/
offers a "quiz' whose primary purpose seems to be to convince Republicans that they should become Libertarians.
The word "Republican' appears nowhere on his site which claims to offer "Conservative/libertarian books and information.' On the site, Wilcox actually sells and aggressively promotes the atheistic and anti- Christian writings of Ayn Rand, the high priestess of libertarianism who contemptuously said, "The concept of God is degrading to men' and who proclaimed that selfishness was a virtue.
Wilcox has even provided free copies of Rand's anti-Christian literature to incarcerated juvenile delinquents. Wilcox's Web site also has links to several extremist groups that promote private armed militias and anti- Semitic crackpot conspiracy theories involving international bankers and the Rothschilds. Wilcox promotes the speeches of Ron Paul of Texas, a former Libertarian candidate for president who now masquerades as a Republican and who has the dubious distinction of being the only member of Congress to vote against honoring Pope John Paul II.
When Congress voted last year to condemn Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for making anti-Semitic remarks, Ron Paul was the only congressman that refused to condemn the remarks. Wilcox describes Ron Paul as "one of the foremost defenders of both economic and personal liberty in America.' Wilcox clearly seems to be more interested in advancing the Libertarian cause than in pursuing the best interests of the Republican Party.
Finally, Wilcox (who claims to be a supporter of small business) has lately been explaining to Republican groups that his criminal record as a convicted felon and the year he served in state prison for burglarizing small businesses is actually an inspiring tale of rehabilitation. In this Assembly district, Democrats outnumber Republicans by 12 percent and Libertarians are less than 1/2 of 1 percent of the vote.
Is a crypto-Libertarian extremist with a prison record who advocates selfishness as a personal philosophy and promotes atheism to teenage criminals the best candidate to represent the Republican Party? Decide for yourself.
Martin R. Truitt