Libertarian Party of Pinellas County Calls for the Libertarian Candidate for US Senate to Disassociate from the LPF

From the Libertarian Party of Pinellas County (Florida) website:

The Libertarian Party of Pinellas County (LPPC) calls Augustus Invictus, US Candidate for Senate, to immediately disassociate from the Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF). Seeing as the Executive Committee of the LPF failed to suspend the membership of the candidate despite a clear violation of the Non-Aggression Principle, and our affiliate was deliberately not included from participating in the vote, we have no alternative but to demand that Mr. Invictus voluntarily leave the party and change his voter registration out of the LPF.

According to Char-Lez Braden, chair of the LPF “Legally, the LPF has no control over a candidate’s political affiliation. Florida election laws allow anyone, with any ideology, to run as a candidate in the party they declared when registering to vote. The LPF has not endorsed Augustus Invictus and has not provided him with any support. Under the law, we cannot prevent him from running as a Libertarian and he is not required to enter our certification process.”

A candidate who clearly calls for war, insurrection, and eugenics of the weak, disabled, and those of low intelligence does not represent the ideology of the hard working Libertarians who have dedicated their time, efforts, and reputations toward the good principles of party.

“It is truly unfortunate that the progress in the party has been severely tarnished by a lunatic posing as a Libertarian,” states Stephanie Davenport, At-large Representative of the LPPC. “The hardworking, principled members of the Pinellas affiliate are evaluating our association with the state party,” she says. “We need to act in the best interest of our members and restore the reputation of proud Libertarians residing in Pinellas county. It is egregious that we were denied the opportunity to vote on such an important matter at the state level. If Mr. Invictus truly has the best interest of the Libertarian Party at heart, he will stop the hemorrhaging he has caused and leave the party.”

The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pinellas County issued a statement last month unequivocally disavowing its association with hate organizations. The full context of that memo appears below.

As chair of the Executive Committee (EC) of the Libertarian Party of Pinellas County (LPPC), I hereby publicly rebuke all forms of aggression based ideologies. At the core of our very essence, Libertarians oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals. The Libertarian Party of Pinellas County has zero tolerance for association with hate based groups or persons. Any expression of support for organizations or individuals advocating unprovoked violent actions shall constitute a transgression of the NAP (non-aggression principal), the interpretation of which shall be determined by the LPPC EC. Precisely because we champion peace, we will not stand by quietly if our ideals are compromised by hate or aggression.

Let me be quite clear, we condemn violence and bigotry based on, among other things, race, ethnicity, sex, education, financial status, creed, age, national origin, or sexual orientation as morally repugnant and shall ostracize any person or organization advocating such.

In liberty, Joe Jacobs
Chair, Libertarian Party of Pinellas County

10 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of Pinellas County Calls for the Libertarian Candidate for US Senate to Disassociate from the LPF

  1. jim

    I guess I have to disagree with this: ” Any expression of support for organizations or individuals advocating unprovoked violent actions shall constitute a transgression of the NAP (non-aggression principal), the interpretation of which shall be determined by the LPPC EC.”

    As a practical matter, there is the NAP, and there may be somebody ADVOCATING violation of the NAP. Both (under various circumstances) may be wrong, but they are still different things, and of different levels of “wrongness”..

    Also, keep in mind that if a government does what it usually does (promote what amounts to advocating violation of NAP), that would ITSELF constitute a violation of NAP under this standard. And thus justifying a violent result. Is that what is being said here?

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    I’m glad to read this. I hope more counties step up and speak out against Invictus.

  3. Mark Axinn

    >”It is truly unfortunate that the progress in the party has been severely tarnished by a lunatic posing as a Libertarian…”

    Hardly the first time we were invaded by an outside charlatan.

  4. Biggus Indicktus

    This post calls for a bucket.

    All involved are useless to the cause of liberty. At least Invictus

    1) Looked dapper (suit, tie, clean-cut haircut, well-groomed, no major deformities or disfigurements, probably seen as a handsome-enough guy although I’m not the best judge)
    2) Walked upright
    3) Spoke English in complete sentences
    4) Was probably slightly capable of reaching those in a similar demographic
    5) Held some libertarian ideas, and even promoted them fairly well

    Downsides:
    1) Silly “pagan” beliefs akin to “nature worship” in an overwhelming “Christian(conformist)” community, including walking to the Mojave desert from Florida, and then drinking goat blood as gratitude for surviving. (That’s nutty, but about at the same level of nutty as a lot of Native American rites, and probably less nutty than thinking a cracker is literally human cannibalism of Christ.)
    2) A paper he wrote in college that was racist and favored “Eugenics” (much as this guy does).
    3) His accent is a mix of Chicago and Southerner, and sounds contrived (except to those who speak similarly, which are probably a bunch of people in FL, but not sure how many)
    4) He stated that the government is guilty of initiating force, which therefore means that the people are entitled to revolt against it, as a means of self-defense. (Whether you think this is true or not, it’s unwise to invite a pre-emptive drone strike against yourself and your supporters by saying it as a part of a political platform.)
    5) Had a silly name, a name he chose himself (and it was still silly)

    #5 Isn’t much of a downside (See: Jesse Ventura). #4 is true, and if he’s good at QUICKLY explaining the truth to noobs, it can be turned into an “upside.” #3 might actually be a benefit, carving out a demographic of “malcontents with mixed accents” to vote for him. #2 Nobody really cares much, except the LP, (See: Bernie Sanders’s rape paper). #1 isn’t that big of a drawback, and might win 12% of the people who are sick of the illogical Christian prohibitionists who have ruined Florida.

    The people who are super-concerned about this are fairly foolish. Nobody cares. Any LP Senate candidate (who isn’t a major celebrity) in FL is likely to get less than 5% of the vote. The FL LP is a non-entity that cannot do anything right to save its life.

    The FL LP can change this whenever it wishes by doing what all small and powerless groups that have wanted to access state power (sigh: yes, I know, and then not use it) have done: they walk their districts and convince one single non-libertarian to register to vote as a Libertarian. Then, they determine how long that took them. If it took one hour, they’re not very good at it. If it took them ten minutes, they’re fairly good at it, and should be paid to keep doing it by people who make a lot of money but aren’t good at talking to people.

    When they have enough people registered in a State Legislative district to win the SL race, they find the most electable candidate to run, and they announce that they have enough people registered as libertarians to win the race, if 80% of the libertarians show up at the polls. (When their registration numbers are good enough that if 40% of the registered libertarians showed up, they’d win.)

    In any case this Invictus character (who looks like one of the guys from the movie of the same name) has freedom of speech, even if it is Pinellas County, FL –the first county in the USA to sentence a comic artist to house arrest for obscenity (where cops would literally go through his house twice a week to make sure he hadn’t been drawing).

    This is some Down in the bayou shit. What happens in the gator-infested swamp stays in the gator-infested swamp, I guess.

    BTW, Invictus, if you’re reading this (and you’re not a part of the larger COINTELPRO effort that is the LP), I have a piece of advice for you: Find Jehovah 1, and salvation in the Church of the Subgenius. They’re the only ones who will cut you enough Slack for you to make a comeback. Trust me, it works all the time in Flori-duh. Also, doing so will allow people to see your idiotic pagan or (Wigger, Wiccan? Voodoo?) views as simply “rebellion against obviously-false Christianity” until finding the one true path. They will also allow your followers to feel like they’re part of a cool club, instead of part of a dipshit club. All will be forgiven if you bring the message of the prophet Bob Dobbs to the masses.

    If I were you, having burned my bridges with the losers in the FL LP, I would also simultaneously conduct outreach for the Church, so you have a fallback plan, (if becoming a Senator doesn’t work out).

    The really fucked up part of all this is that being a weirdo might get him more votes than being a typical “libbuh-terran” non-entity.

  5. paulie

    A paper he wrote in college that was racist and favored “Eugenics”

    Try a paper that he wrote this year and posted on his campaign website which considers the following to be “failings of the federal government”

    * Allowing immigration, which he says is “parasitic”

    * Allowing for non-Christian holiday symbols and greetings “for fear of the Jews”

    * Ending government eugenics policies

    * Allowing voting by women and minorities

    * Allowing people to point out that Columbus engaged in genocide and Jefferson raped slaves

    * “Worshiping a lesser breed of men” (blacks)

    And that’s just a few of the highlights.

    Or try calling someone “my fellow American Fascist” in November 2013 and still using fascist/Roman symbols as his campaign logo today along with his Roman name.

    How about calling himself a “White Southerner” capitalized in the middle of a sentence the way only racists do, or calling his client, the nazi bonehead militia leader, a good friend and someone to admire, and bringing that client’s nazi bonehead followers into the LP?

  6. paulie

    His accent is a mix of Chicago and Southerner, and sounds contrived (except to those who speak similarly, which are probably a bunch of people in FL, but not sure how many)

    His accent actually is contrived and changes from one minute to the next.

  7. paulie

    He stated that the government is guilty of initiating force,

    If you define force as not ending immigration, not providing eugenics, and not standing up to the Jews, whatever that means.

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