On December 10th, controversial Florida Libertarian Party U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus gave a speech at a locale called Shanty Town. Interestingly, there was a Rock Against Communism banner visible on display behind him, which is a musical genre that encompasses white nationalist and hardcore neo-Nazi bands and song lyrics. Invictus has in the past disputed claims that he is a neo-Nazi, even though his campaign insignia very closely resembles a fascist eagle clutching fasces.
ADDENDUM: Thanks to Thane Eichenauer in the comments for pointing out that the text of this speech is also available at http://invictusforsenate.com/blog/speech-transcripts/speech-at-shanty-town-jacksonville/:
A rich man drives his luxury car up to the poor farmer, and he says, “I’m here from the bank. The bank is taking your land back because you failed to make your payments.”
The farmer says, “I’ve got nothing left but this land, and it’s hard enough to grow anything on it just for me and my family. Now get out of here or I’ll shoot you!”
The rich man says it’s not him who is forcing the farmer off the land, but the bank. He was sent there by someone sitting at a desk in the city.
“Then I’ll go and shoot him!” says the farmer.
“Well you can’t shoot him,” says the rich man. “He’s just doing his job, just like me.”
The farmer, exasperated, throws up his hands and yells:
THEN WHO DO WE SHOOT?
We have the same problem, brothers & sisters. We are farmers tilling barren ground so that we have just enough – if we’re lucky.
And the Federal Government is the rich man in the luxury car, driving up on our farm and telling us:
We are taking back your right to freedom of speech.
We are taking back your right to freedom of association.
We are taking back your right to bear arms.
We are taking back your right against warrantless searches.
We are taking back your right to due process of law.
And God forbid you fail to make your payments to the IRS: We will take everything you have.
Yes, we face the same problem as that poor farmer, brothers & sisters. The rich man says, “It’s not us, the federal agents, who are taking these things from you. It’s the folks in Washington, the Senators & Representatives, the President & Vice President, the Supreme Court Justices: they sent us here to take your rights away.”
And if we, like the poor farmer, were to say, “Okay, well let’s shoot them, then!” the federal agents would say to us, “Well you can’t shoot them, they’re just doing their jobs, just like us.”
THEN WHO DO WE SHOOT?
Our enemies are those who direct the policies of the Federal Government; and our enemies are faceless. This is exactly how they want it: They know exactly who we are. They have us on watchlists; they have our home addresses, our pictures, information on our jobs, our families, our shopping habits. But they cannot be discovered.
So I will name our enemies.
The mainstream media: CNN MSNBC, Fox News, and the rest, those that sell lies about us to the gullible public
The financial machine: the Federal Reserve, the banks, the IRS, those who destroy our nation’s wealth so that they can get richer
The propagandists: the communists, the Marxist professors & the think tanks, those who poison the minds of Our Fellow Americans so that they will believe in nothing anymore
The Federal Government itself: the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, those who are turning America into an internationalist, communist country by force
Make no mistake: the Federal Government has turned hostile toward us, the American people.
Why, less than two months ago, the Department of Justice stated that nationalists, white racialists, anarchists, and those with anti-government views are a bigger threat to America than ISIS.
That means every single one of us in this room is considered a bigger threat to our own country than the people being bombed in Iraq & Syria. Think about that. If the Federal Government has no qualms whatsoever about bombing schools & hospitals over there where ISIS is, why do you think they’re going to show your children and your women any quarter when they come after us?
That is why I saw & I say again: Prepare for war.
Make no mistake about it: the Federal Government has turned hostile toward us, the American people.
One hundred years ago, Woodrow Wilson sold our country out to the internationalist bankers – and every day for a century the Federal Government has done their bidding, and every day for a century we have marched further and further toward communism. Why today, even the word “nationalism” is a profanity – even amongst our fellow Libertarians.
This disease has spread so far & wide that it is now deep within our culture. But while the Federal Government may be beyond saving, our nation is not. And that is why I say and I say it again: Fight for your country, not for your Government.
Make no mistake: the Federal Government has turned hostile toward us, the American people. And we now find ourselves forced to choose – between loyalty to the Federal Government and the freedom of the American people.
War is coming. And when it does, the mainstream media must be the first targets. For if they call you traitors and terrorists now, and the American people believe it – what lengths will they go to in order to poison the minds of the very people you are fighting for?
I know that it’s scary to think about. I have to worry every single night whether this will be the night the FBI breaks in my front door and hauls me off as a political prisoner, like Marcus Faella; or whether they will simply burn my house down with me inside, like Robert J. Mathews, who died at 31 years of age 31 years ago tonight.
I know that it’s scary to think about. But hiding your heads in the sand and letting the Government know you are good subjects won’t change a goddamn thing. What makes us think that we are immune to history? What makes us so gullible to believe that all the civil wars and government massacres and oppressive regimes are things of the past, things that we and our children will never see?
You already live under an oppressive regime – you are just too distracted by your televisions to realize it.
Our people already are being massacred by the Government – but it is more comfortable to swallow the official story the media gives us.
Civil war is already here – we just haven’t woken up to the fact that the military helicopters, the armored personnel carriers, the cops in tactical gear with assault rifles are not on our streets to protect us from the Russians and the Chinese and ISIS and al Qaeda: they are here to protect the System from us.
Now, let me open your eyes to just one last thing: It is our fault that this country is where it is today. It is your fault, and it is mine. We allowed this to happen when we looked the other way as the Government began its War on Terror. We allowed this to happen when we said we were too smart to vote, because the choice is always bullshit, and the candidates are all the same. We allowed this happen when we were too proud to get involved in politics, because politics is dirty & it’s violent & we don’t want anything to do with these scumbags. We allowed this to happen when we said, “The Democrats did it,” or “The Republicans screwed this up,” because we were pushing the responsibility off of ourselves and onto someone we could not hold accountable.
Yes, the Democrats have taken away your freedoms. Yes, so have the Republicans. Yes, the media has brainwashed the American people. Yes, the banks & the government officials are bloodsucking parasites.
But we would not have lost our freedoms if we had risen up to fight for them.
We would not be brainwashed if we would simply stop swallowing it.
We would not be on the verge of national collapse if we had not allowed the banks & the Government to eat us out of house & home.
So when that rich man drives his luxury car up on your farm and tells you, “I’m here to take your land,” you need to recruit him, and show him the error of his ways, and ask him to fight for the American people. And if he still decides to keep his job and do the bidding of the bank – then you know who to shoot.
My name is Augustus Invictus, and I am a candidate for United States Senate. I thank you for your support, and I look forward to fighting by your side in the coming year.