On October 1st, Florida’s Libertarian Party President Adrian Wyllie resigned from his position, to protest the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, Augustus Sol Invictus. Wyllie was wise to step down, because Invictus’ candidacy is bound to be an embarrassment for the Liberatarian Party.
In expressing his objections to Invictus’ candidacy, Wyllie noted Invictus’ affinity for Fascism, and his association with neo-Nazis and white supremacists. In addition, Invictus has called for a second American Civil War, allegedly writing in 2013:
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.
Invictus also supports eugenics to weed out ”the weakest, the least intelligent, and the most diseased” Americans through sterilization, forced abortion or euthanasia. While all of these extreme positions should prove embarrassing enough, it is actually the issue of occult and animal sacrifice that has brought the most attention to Invictus’ bizarre candidacy.
Wyllie accused Invictus of dismembering a goat as part of his cult’s religious practices. Invictus denied the allegation, but with an odd response that would hardly assure his detractors. Invictus stated:
I have never dismembered a goat in my life. I have performed animal sacrifices as part of my religion. I was expelled from the order [Ordo Templi Orientis] for political reasons. And animal sacrifice was part of it.
Well, good thing he cleared that up.
Invictus is running in the 2016 Florida Senate race to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Senator and current GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio. While Invictus stands no legitimate chance of winning against the Republican and Democratic Senate candidates, he does at least demonstrate that the GOP does not hold a monopoly on silly in the Sunshine State.
Invictus’ candidacy is destined to remind voters that the Libertarian Party is a fringe party that sometimes embraces candidates with very strange ideas. Libertarians like to cast Democratic and Republican voters as “sheeple” who dutifully select between the “lesser of two evils,” but if Invictus is their idea of an alternative, voters would be wise to shun that option and choose a “lesser evil.” Because Invictus’ certainly appears to be a “greater evil,” and in his case, the term “evil” might not qualify as mere political hyperbole.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.