Fellow Members of the Libertarian Party of Florida,
Many have asked why I have not responded to the quite public accusations of Adrian Wyllie. I have not responded for the same reason I do not respond when conspiracy theorists accuse me of being an agent of the Illuminati. I have not responded for the same reason I did not respond in grade school when little boys would call me “meany face” and “watermelonhead.” I have not responded for the same reason I would not respond if a twelve-year-old tried to pick a fight with me, as Alex Snitker did in Polk County two weeks ago. That reason is simple: It is beneath my dignity to engage in such small-minded stupidity.
I never wanted any part of this fight. I have bigger and better things to do. My family was bankrupted by the DEA a decade ago, and I have been aiming ever since at destroying that Agency. I have come right to the threshold of being able to do real harm to the Federal Government, and I have no desire to bicker with someone like Adrian Wyllie when I am this close to the target. I have not spent the past ten years fighting to get here so that I can be distracted by nonsense like this.
My enemy is the Federal Government, not Adrian Wyllie. I am aiming to destroy the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Reserve, the IRS, and a hundred other departments & agencies; to repeal the income tax, the Controlled Substances Act, Obamacare, and a hundred other instances of unjust legislation; to implement a non-interventionist foreign policy and cut military spending. I simply do not have the time to be distracted by unfounded slander. I have a campaign for United States Senate that requires my constant attention, and I have better things to do than debase myself by engaging in small-ball party politics and bickering with another full-grown man as though we were two old crones at a bingo match.
But alas, there comes a point at which the repetition of falsehoods can no longer be ignored, just as there comes a point at which the tactics of a high school bully can no longer be tolerated. Let it be known that I wanted nothing to do with this: Adrian Wyllie is the one who made an enemy of me, and not vice versa.
It has been said that I am a racist and a neo-Nazi. I guarantee you that my Puerto Rican ex-wife, our half-Puerto Rican children, and my half-Colombian step-children – not to mention my string of Latina girlfriends – would be quite shocked to hear of this.
It has been said that I have promoted a “race-based civil war.” I will give one million dollars to the person who finds this in anything I have ever said or written.
It has been said that I support eugenics programs. This claim is based on a paper I wrote in law school, which I have publicly and repeatedly disavowed. It was addressed in my second Fireside Chat: [ https://youtu.be/x-gMxyGlbw0 ]
It has been said that I have supported government-forced abortion. I challenge Adrian Wyllie to name a single instance of this. I am, in fact, against abortion, and I always have been. Perhaps Adrian Wyllie, in the midst of his hysterical witch hunting, missed my statement condemning abortion-on-demand: http://invictusforsenate.com/2015/07/18/u-s-senate-candidate-augustus-invictus-condemns-abortion-on-demand/
It has been said that I refuse to address the concerns of the voters. This is a patent falsehood. I have been publishing Fireside Chats since the beginning of the campaign to explain the conduct of the campaign, respond to criticisms, discuss my platform, and a host of other things. Those files can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsdPzJBJYQlsKigw_3XTqJw
It has been said that I have not clarified my platform. I refer the reader to my website [ http://invictusforsenate.com/focal-points/ ] and to the fourth, fifth, and sixth Fireside Chats [ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB3A-p2PsiMXKcx4cDVDXBZlcWMEbZXnP ]
It has been said that I am an elitist, and that I refuse to dumb down my speeches and writings so that the common man can understand them. This is a deliberate attempt to raise the level of political discourse in this country, which effort I described in my first Fireside Chat: https://youtu.be/0wnNMLpg-_s
It has been said that I am not a “real” Libertarian. A certain faction of the Party has come to believe that the writings of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman are the holy texts of Libertarianism, and I disagree. I believe that the Libertarian movement is and should be more encompassing than the narrow-minded advocacy of economic anarchy. I believe that our environment, our wildlife, and our children – not money – are the reason for our existence. I believe that we must have a reasonable immigration policy and that those who believe in unrestricted immigration have clearly never read a history book. I believe that abortion is a question of protecting the child, not of a woman’s right to privacy. I would hope that Libertarians are at liberty to agree to disagree every now and then. And if I am wrong, if the official platform requires that we must be moral relativists who worship money and convenience above all else, then the official platform must change.
It has been said that I have affected an accent and taken on a persona – whether of Bane or JFK or a Southern gentleman, my critics cannot decide. My family is from the Carolinas and the Midwest. I was born in Ohio. I moved to Florida at three years of age; to New Mexico; back to Florida; and back-and-forth from Chicago to Florida a few times. I have lived in the slums, the suburbs, and the elegant downtown apartments. I have studied Latin, Spanish, French, and Italian. I have been around the world and have picked up many dialects and regional accents. I have not been afraid to implement all things I have learned and to allow my experiences to affect me. God help all of you who have not broken through your local confines, who have not had the drive to become something more than your parents were, who have not had the bravery to incorporate new experiences into your being and the courage to be who you really are. I genuinely pity you.
It has been said that I associate with neo-Nazis and skinheads. You’re goddamn right I do. I am a criminal defense lawyer, and I am proud of the work I have done for the American Front. When the FBI raided the group, I was in Egypt. But the day I returned to the States, I went to the jail to interview two of the members. Fourteen people had been arrested for “paramilitary training” and marked as terrorists because they were shooting weapons on their own property. Every single one of those fourteen “neo-Nazis” was innocent – and their media crucifixion was only possible because of people who believe everything they read on the Internet, or who are too cowardly to stand up for the accused. Every Libertarian in America should be supporting them as victims of an overreaching Government, and for the record, I am proud to call them my friends.
It has been said that I have violated the Non-Aggression Principle. I would recommend reading Wes Benedict’s book, *Introduction to the Libertarian Party*, if you want to understand what the NAP actually is, rather than what my critics *say* it is. And I would point out that if anyone has demonstrated aggression, it is Adrian Wyllie, who has privately and publicly declared that if I do not drop out of the Senate race, he will use all his power to destroy me; it is his sidekick, Alexander Snitker, who drove two hours to my speech in Polk County to harass me and yell out that “[I] will never speak in Tampa”; it is their clique, which has attempted to censor and blacklist me at every opportunity.
It has been said that I am a totalitarian. Take note that this is being said by a man who has done all he can to ostracize me because of my religious beliefs. This claim is being made by a man who tried to force me out of the Senate race and who has resorted to making things up to attack me now that making fun of my accent and my poetry and my religion has clearly failed.
In fact, I would appreciate it being noted that many of these “criticisms” being circulated have been made up by Adrian Wyllie himself. I challenge him to point to any writing or speech of mine that supports a race-based civil war or government-forced abortion. These are pure fabrications by Adrian Wyllie that the members of the LPF are accepting blindly.
Furthermore, I have publicly disavowed my eugenics paper from law school, and Adrian Wyllie is fully aware of that. His insistence on incessantly repeating this attack demonstrates both his disingenuousness and his desperation. Having failed to bully me out of the race by threatening me, he must now resort to smear tactics, innuendo, and baseless propaganda to maintain control of the LPF and scare away the supporters of someone he considers a threat.
I approached Adrian Wyllie in friendship, following Carla Howell’s advice, and he spat in my face. I approached him at the Convention to shake hands and congratulate him on his victory, and he spat in my face again. He went so far as to say to my friend afterward, “How could you support that piece-of-shit Invictus? He just told me he wants to murder every last man, woman, and child on the planet.” Of course my friend knew this was not true; but it hardly excuses the slander.
As I said, I never wanted any part of this fight. This entire situation has been created by Adrian Wyllie, and I find it revolting that such a considerable portion of the LPF has gone along with it. If you want to see the problem with America, do not look to the Republicans and the Democrats: look to the Libertarians. We profess to be dedicated to changing this country, and yet we spend 95% of our time with ridiculous infighting like this.
My next Fireside Chat is scheduled for Sunday September 13th. If you have further concerns that you want clarified, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will address them at that time. I will not, under any circumstance, resort to bickering in the comment thread beneath this post.
In the meantime, I ask that you keep an open mind, hear what I have to say, and judge what I am saying for yourselves with a skeptical and discerning mind, rather than blindly believing in every tabloid article and every straw man my critics can manufacture. In the words of Timothy Leary:
Think for yourself. Question authority.