People can make fun of Texas all they want (and rightfully so most times), but for my money Florida is the state that takes the cake for the most “what the hell” stories I find. Not to say that other states don’t generate their own fair share of jaw-dropping headlines, but it seems like the vast majority of the stories I have to double-check to make sure they’re not something from The Onion come from the Sunshine State.
So, when I saw a story concerning a Libertarian who sacrificed a goat, drank its blood and is now running as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, I knew it was going to be good.
Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce you to Florida man Augustus Sol Invictus (not his original name, he legally changed it), a 32-year-old lawyer who walked from Florida to the Mohave desert, came back home, sacrificed a goat – then drank its blood.
He’s now the man trying to replace the departing Marco Rubio.
The former head of the Libertarian party in Florida, Adrian Wyllie, actually resigned to bring attention to Invictus’ candidacy, hoping the party will denounce a man he claims is a fascist, wants to recruit neo-Nazis to the party and supports a second civil war.
“He is the absolute exact opposite of a Libertarian. He’s a self-proclaimed fascist. He’s promoting a second civil war,” Wyllie said. “It’s absolute insanity. We must explain to people this is the opposite of Libertarians. This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party.”
I beg to differ. While Invictus is clearly more radical than most, if he’s rabidly anti-government, often using rhetoric that sounds very much like he’s not opposed to some kind of a second revolution, that falls in line with many of the Libertarians I’ve encountered. Though as I’ve said many times, the most comical thing I notice about Libertarians is even they can’t seem to decide what actually defines their ideology. I often joke that if you ask 10 Libertarians to describe what their party stands for, you’ll probably end up with 10 different answers that aren’t even partially related.
Naturally, Invictus denies the allegations of fascism, neo-Nazi recruit and that he supports a second civil war – but he doesn’t deny that he sacrificed a goat and drank its blood.
“The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back?” Invictus said. “I don’t think I’m the only person who sees a cataclysm coming, but I think I’m the only person saying it, and I think that scares people.”
“I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” he stated. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness. Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”
Sadly, this really isn’t that much more bizarre than someone like Michele Bachmann saying that she believes the floods in South Carolina are a result of President Obama’s foreign policy. The far right, whether they identify as Republican, tea party, or Libertarian, has gone completely off the rails all around.
To be honest, Libertarians are some of the few people who I just flat-out won’t debate anymore. It’s pointless to try to engage in a meaningful debate with a group of folks who believe in an ideology that essentially says, “it’s survival of the fittest, the market will correct everything.”
Oh, and a set of beliefs that human history hasn’t provided a single example of ever being successful. In fact, the closest thing we get to “true Libertarian freedom and deregulation” are third-world countries where violence and poverty run rampant.
As I’ve said plenty of times, if you want to see a beacon of true Libertarianism, just head on over to Somalia and see how that’s working out for the people there.
And while the Libertarian party might be trying to distance themselves from a radical like Invictus, the bottom line is, their party is a breeding ground for radicals, crazy people and conspiracy theorists.