Augustus Invictus announces Libertarian candidacy for Florida U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio

Augustus Invictus

Augustus Invictus

press release:
Augustus Invictus announced his official candidacy to become the next U.S. Senator from Florida on Monday May 18, 2015 to a crowd of supporters and press in a crowded Orlando, Florida venue. “When Augustus wins the race for U.S. Senate, he will become the youngest Senator in America and a champion for generational respect,” remarked campaign manager Thomas R. Reich.

Raised a Floridian, Invictus has a degree in philosophy from University of South Florida in Tampa and a law degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Wesley R. Howell, a CPA based in Altamonte Springs, Florida and the campaign’s Treasurer commented, “I especially applaud Augustus’s call for total accounting transparency for all Federal Candidates and appreciate that he lives by his predications.”

“A sound monetary policy; the restoration of civil rights for all Americans; and my vehement opposition to the drug war being waged by the Government against its citizens at the Federal, State, and local levels: this is the core of what drives my passion for public office,” explained US Senatorial Candidate Augustus Invictus.

Imperium, P.A., the law firm founded by Invictus, has handled and won many cases pro bono publico that involved the Federal and State Governments infringing on the civil rights of Floridians and American Citizens.

“We see our duty to the law as one involving trust, as one demanding commitment to what is right; public office involves the trust of the people and demands an even stronger commitment,” Augustus continued in a Saturday interview with an influential member of the Libertarian Party of Florida.

Invictus spoke to a group of about 200 Florida Citizens and members of the media, as the speech was streamed to a world audience. The event was held in a private room above Doc’s Streetside Grill in Orlando, Florida, a popular location for political announcements frequented by U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster, former congressional candidate Todd Long, Mayor Buddy Dyer, and other public figures.

Invictus posed questions to the members of the Federal Government:

“Do you seek to defend your countrymen against the corrupt? Or do you work hand-in-hand with the corrupt for your own advantage? Do you seek to serve your countrymen as leaders? Or do you higgle and haggle for power by debasing yourselves for a few votes more? Do you seek to protect the freedoms guaranteed by the Revolution? Or do you act as slaves to your Parties and your lobbyists in order to secure more funding for reelection?”

Wayne Jackman, Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, said, “Augustus has one of the freshest approaches to politics I have seen in years,” Jackman continued “His commitment to generational change and independent thinking, in a new world free of lobbyists, is refreshing.”

So far, Invictus is the only announced Libertarian Candidate in Florida for the office of U.S. Senate, a seat being vacated by popular senator Marco Rubio as his run for U.S. President grows more intense.

56 thoughts on “Augustus Invictus announces Libertarian candidacy for Florida U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio

  1. Andy Craig Post author

    via a Facebook comment:

    http://business.financialpost.com/legal-post/florida-lawyer-vows-to-bring-a-second-civil-war#__federated=1

    On the heels of a number of disturbing tweets allegedly emanating from Toronto criminal lawyer David DaSilva comes a puzzling and highly disturbing email from a young Florida lawyer who changed his name to Augustus Sol Invictus and opened up his own firm, Imperium Law.

    He suddenly quit earlier this week sending an email to various colleagues in which, according to RollonFriday, he “explains that he is a genius who dresses better than anyone else… boasts that he has ‘multiple computers & a personal library’ and is ‘God’s gift to humankind where the English language is concerned’.”

    He has also come to the conclusion that “lawyers are ‘nothing more than parasites’ who ‘feed off others like worms’. Inviting his peers to ‘look upon your lives and repent’, Invictus renounces his law degree, his firm, civilisation and even his poetry journal.”

  2. Andy Craig Post author

    http://abovethelaw.com/2013/04/the-kind-of-unhinged-departure-memo-that-would-have-been-way-funnier-before-the-marathon-attack/

    HEAR YE MY FINAL WORDS IN PEACETIME:

    I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War I would begin it myself. Mark well: That day is fast coming upon you. On the New Moon of May, I shall disappear into the Wilderness. I will return bearing Revolution, or I will not return at all.

    War Be unto the Ends of the Earth,

    Augustus Sol Invictus
    Orlando, Florida, USA
    XX Aprilis MMXIII Satvrnvs

  3. langa

    Well, he does appear to be a pretty sharp dresser. I’ll give him that. 🙂

  4. Joe Wendt

    I’ve met Mr Invictus. Very nice and smart guy who presents himself well.

  5. Pete Blome

    There are a lot of serious people in the Libertarian Party of Florida who would ask, “Is a guy who changes his name into something akin to a roman emperor and is being quoted ‘War be unto the ends of the earth’ dealing with a full deck, forget about actually being Libertarian?” That is the issue immediately before the Party. Joe Wendt, since you met him and are running for LPF Chair, do you have any more clarifying observations of this fellow than “Very nice and smart guy who presents himself well?” Is he taking a Marilyn Manson or Alice Cooper approach to politics, as in, outrageous sells?

  6. Darcy G Richardson

    One can only hope that a serious third-party candidate will emerge in Florida’s 2016 U.S. Senate race. With any luck, it won’t be the absurd Augustus (they don’t come much crazier than that) or the equally asinine dirty trickster Roger Stone (well, maybe they do)…unless, of course, the Libertarian Party is merely looking for a good laugh next year.

    How pathetic, especially given Adrian Wyllie’s impressive and credible showing in last year’s hotly-contested gubernatorial contest.

  7. Joe Wendt

    Pete,

    Augustus is a sincere Libertarian, who is similar to Ron Paul in terms of ideology. Most of the hullabaloo about is candidacy are incidents that happened prior to his acceptance of ZAP, and has confirmed he no longer holds those views. He is very well connected in the Orlando area, and is a vocal advocate against the War on Drugs. I would be a mistake to misjudge as a candidate without meeting him first, and it would be a mistake to ostracize him.

  8. Pete Blome

    Excellent…however I will point out that the average voter will get their first impression of him as I did, from the preposterous war quote and “gift to the world…” nonsense. That is not a good start to a campaign.

    I look forward to meeting him. Will he be at the convention in New Port Ritchey 5-7 June?

  9. Andy Craig Post author

    Speculating a bit only from what we’ve seen here, it is perfectly possible that Mr. Invictus had some sort of mental health episode from which he has since fully recovered. I hope so, and I’ll grant the guy in the press release doesn’t sound much like the guy who quit his job with with a delusional e-mail threatening apocalypse. That email (quoted at length if you click through to the sources) honestly reads like the ramblings of a sleep-deprived nervous break, which wouldn’t be unheard of for young lawyers.

    However, when that sort of thing happens people don’t usually stick with the new name they adopted in a fit of insanity. This isn’t exactly “sweep it under the rug and look the other way” stuff either. Pete is right that Libertarians, being the kind and understanding lot that we are, might understand and accept with a good explanation. But 99.5% of voters wouldn’t, and with that name and that history it’s basically guaranteed that’s all the press would talk about, if they covered him at all. This was two years ago after all, and “Augustus Sol Invictus” is not the sort of name one adopts and consistently uses on a whim. He also cites the activity of the law firm he founded at that time as part of his credentials, which makes me wonder what, if anything, that’s actually about.

    At the very least, he should be prepared to explain it all, and for his own sake I hope it’s a good explanation.

    On the other hand, we are a party founded in no small part around the ideas and work of a woman who made up her own unusual name as an expression of ego. We could all point to several of our favorite eccentric characters who’ve run as Libertarians, from the man who turned his skin blue to a mammary-centric campaign for Governor. They don’t even necessarily do worse. So how high or low the bar is set, might be a matter of open interpretation.

  10. Joe Wendt

    On another note, Mr Wyllie has acted inappropriately in this situation, making a rash judgement about Mr Invictus without speaking to the man. He was rude and made erratic accusations, after Mr Invictus contacted him for advice. Wyllie’s behavior has been unprofessional and insulting.

  11. STydings

    He happens to be brilliant and a breath of fresh air to politics. His views are like most Americans and he has taken the step to fight the good fight. He believes in our Constitution and is our voice. The voice of myself and others that do not have the ability to be heard. He believes in the people. That’s what matters most. Augustus. Do not entertain the judgemental things they say. Keep up the good work! You have this Florida native’s support completely!

  12. Adrian Wyllie

    In addition to his prophecy that he is to lead a great civil war in 2013 which has already been discussed here, here are some more recent quotes by Mr. Invictus.

    “We have a duty to implement legislation to prevent the births of persons with mental retardation, inheritable diseases, severe physical handicaps, and psychological disorders. In other words, we have a duty to implement, through state legislation, an official eugenics program.” -Augustus Sol Invictus, Dec. 2014

    “Women and racial minorities have been allowed to participate in the processes of government previously denied categorically, though it cannot be said this has ever made government better. We must ask ourselves do these meager benefits outweigh the chaos and disorder, the cultural degradation, and the political mediocrity which are characteristic of democratic government…With democracy there can be no authority. Without authority there can be no rule of law.” -August Sol Invictus, Feb. 2015

    Mr. Invictus is about the furthest thing from a Libertarian that I can imagine.

  13. wolfefan

    Hi Adrian –

    Do you have a link for those quotes?

    Here’s his LinkedIn profile. He seems to think we enjoy hearing him read extended excerpts from the Fascist author Francis Yockey (who was the author of Imperium.) His legal firm’s website is a tad unusual as well, and has been updated within the year.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/augustusinvictus

  14. Joe Wendt

    Based off of Mr Wyllie’s point of view, we have to assume the following is true:

    Ron Paul is a racist based off the following newsletter quote- “Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

    Ayn Rand is a terrorist for advocating blowing up buildings in the Fountainhead.

    Friedrich Hayek is a fascist for visting Chile under Pinochet & being named Honorary Chairman of the Centro de Estudios Públicos, and for saying “a dictatorship may be a necessary system for a transitional period. […] Personally I prefer a liberal dictatorship to democratic government devoid of liberalism.”

    According to Wyllie’s logic, these Icons in Libertarianism are not libertarian. This is why you don’t judge without hearing the other side. Remember that before you judge Mr Invictus.

  15. Michael Gilson De Lemos (MG)

    From MG:

    I would respectfully urge Mr. Wylie and his allies, and the LPF leaders to stick to (or revive) the candidate standards LPF adopted in 2001 developed by the candidates and suggestions by LPF public officials. From my notes: “LPF Candidates…

    1) Must undergo 100 hours of Libertarian successes and campaign training approved by the State Committee, and after approval by the State Committee and the LPF Convention as scoring 100% on Nolan test and no flags in past background. No candidate may attack other candidates personally, but focus on positive Libertarian voluntary solutions.
    2)State House candidates will run by petition en masse sharing supporter data with the LPF and run under a short common platform approved by the State Committee in consultation with them; and all other elective candidates (and all elective candidates preferably) must have been successful LPF members in appointive/advisory boards in consultation with local LPF groups.
    3) No Governor, Federal or State Senate candidates are needed at this time: the LPF will develop and focus on direct democracy initiatives which candidates will support or mention/link, in order: E-signing of direct democracy petitions with signatures indefinitely valid and data shred with petition creator; proportional/MMP representation in the State legislature; medical marihuana/LGBT issues; good government issues such as ending interference with minor parties, expanding homestead tax exemption to 2 homesteads of inflation adjusted median value, facilitation of solar and private ecological options, restoration of 12 person juries and ending death penalty, ending corporate welfare; abolition of remaining taxes for endowments providing guaranteed income/core services funding on Alaska Permanent Fund model; a private option legalization amendment; such others of libertarian interest approved by the State Committee or LPF Convention. All candidates will raise their own funds, commit to run at least 3 times/seek appointive local office, and meet all applicable state reporting and similar statutes.

    The LPF aims to have 30 persons (first milestone) in appointive/local elective office per 1 million population, working co-operatively with all parties and courteously familiarizing other officials with Libertarian options, and with proportional or better minority/women representation.

    The State Committee may make reasonable exceptions in consultation with the County chairs, and revoke endorsement on misbehavior.”

    With this approach, the LPF in 2002-3 reached a high water mark of some 16% voting for State House candidates many of whom became appointed leading to (as I recall) from 5 to 60+ LPFer’s in public office in Florida and daily media mentions. Regrettably, starting in 2009 it removed all its e-support for such candidates.

    I hope this helps, and keep up the good work.

  16. Adrian Wyllie

    Ron Paul is a Republican.

    Ayn Rand was an Objectivist.

    Friedrich Hayek was a German economist.

    Mr. Invictus contacted me soliciting my input about running for office as a Libertarian. Paul, Rand and Hayek did not. If they had, prudence would dictate that I investigate their backgrounds, as I did with Mr. Invictus.

  17. Alicia Dearn

    Also, how can one credibly argue that he had renounced his views on such decidedly statist ideas such as eugenics when he has his essay still live on LinkedIn? He’s going to get destroyed and make LPF look like a bunch of bigots.

  18. paulie

    Ron Paul is a racist based off the following newsletter quote- “Given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal.”

    If he actually wrote that, rather than just allowing his name to be used, absolutely.

    Ayn Rand is a terrorist for advocating blowing up buildings in the Fountainhead.

    It’s a work of fiction. There’s nothing that can reasonably be interpreted as advocating real life terrorism in there, a la the Turner Diaries.

    Friedrich Hayek is a fascist for visting Chile under Pinochet & being named Honorary Chairman of the Centro de Estudios Públicos, and for saying “a dictatorship may be a necessary system for a transitional period. […] Personally I prefer a liberal dictatorship to democratic government devoid of liberalism.”

    Shameful, but clearly he was discussing what was least bad among very bad choices, not his ideal system of government.

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  21. William Saturn

    I wonder if the use of “fireside chats,” the references to “fear” (in fireside chat 2), and the English accent demonstrate an admiration of FDR.

  22. Andy Craig Post author

    Interesting. I knew he had a distinctive accent, but I never would have pegged it as obviously English. I guess that makes sense, though.

  23. paulie

    There could also be no candidate. The state party leadership seems to support Roger Stone from what I understand.

  24. Jill Pyeatt

    Adrian Wyllie has spoken out about Invictus today on his FB page:

    “Several members have approached me with concerns about a very small, but extremely troubling trend in the LPF.
    Over the past few weeks, we have seen a handful of new members with very disturbing backgrounds, including those with current affiliations with known white supremacist and neo Nazi groups. Some of these new members have recently and publicly expressed support for extremely violent actions, such as the initiation of a race-based civil war in the U.S., and government-forced abortion and sterilization of those they deem genetically inferior.
    These policies, beliefs, and affiliations are repugnant to Libertarians, and are in clear violation of both our party platform and the Non-Aggression Principle.
    Let me stress that these individuals currently represent a minuscule, insignificant fraction of total LPF membership. However, we must remain ever vigilant against those who would use the LPF as cover for their violent and totalitarian agendas. If we are to remain true to our principles, then we must stand publicly against this potential infiltration.
    Rest assured, the LPF leadership is closely monitoring this potential threat, and is prepared to take swift and decisive action to defend the integrity and the core principles of the Libertarian Party of Florida.”

  25. paulie

    Well, it was pretty clear that Invictus is a white supremacist already, but now he is bringing his neo-nazi friends to the LP. It’s interesting that his friend Joe Wendt was also pushing neo-nazi Billy Roper for the Boston Tea Party nomination several years ago.

  26. Andy Craig

    I assume the unspecified action being threatened is some kind of action from the LPF disavowing and denouncing him and excluding him from party support or membership. From what Wyllie and Snitker have said elsewhere though, they don’t think they have any options for keeping him off the LPF primary ballot if he pays the fee or petitions (FL allows either/or). Maybe legal action could be taken on the grounds that the party is being associated with him against its will, but I don’t think that would have a very good chance. I know here in WI, that’s the case that we can’t do anything to prevent somebody running in the LPWI primary.

  27. langa

    This situation with Invictus is starting to remind me of the Sonny Landham fiasco back in ’08.

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  29. paulie

    Unless they can get him for not being a registered Libertarian, as one recent comment on another thread claimed.

    Still trying to find out more about that. Anyone know?

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