The following was posted by Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate from Florida Augustus Invictus on May 7th, 2016 on his campaign Facebook page:
I was in the back of a pickup truck riding through Georgia one day when I saw a sign outside a church that read: “Faith demands a decision before it can work.”
At the time, I was traveling from Orlando, Florida to the Mojave Desert. I took this sign as a message that I had done the right thing in undertaking the Pilgrimage, which is a story in itself. But I would like to talk with you tonight about how I believe this applies to political revolution. Fort Myers is the second-to-last stop in my Florida speaking tour. The theme of this tour is the possibility of revolution, which possibility seems scarcely to enter the minds of our fellow Americans. It is my contention that it is precisely because the American people believe revolution to be an impossibility that the Federal Government feels it can do whatever it wants.
The President can get away with ordering drone strikes on schools and hospitals and trying to grant amnesty to illegal aliens because he knows full well the American people are not going to rise up in protest.
The Senators and Representatives can get away with selling out our country to special interests because they know full well the American people will not use the force of arms necessary to try them for treason.
The Supreme Court Justices know full well that they can dictate policy in this country because they know full well the American people will do nothing about it beyond holding a meaningless protest and complaining about it on the Internet.
The Chair of the Federal Reserve knows full well that she can do whatever she wishes with our money supply, because the American people can no longer conceive of a System that is not owned by a private bank.
If you were to put the heads of the President, the members of Congress, the Supreme Court Justices, and the Chair of the Federal Reserve on pikes and parade them down Pennsylvania Avenue, I guarantee you that this System would change dramatically, literally overnight. If those in power were to fear this as an actual possibility, then things would change just as well.
But the fact is that those in power are confident that the American people will not revolt. And that is because the American people have convinced themselves that revolution is an impossibility. My aim – in this tour, as in this campaign – is to convince you that it is, in fact, possible, and that it is, more than this, necessary.
In Orlando I spoke of George Washington and the dire circumstance he and his men faced in Valley Forge. In Jacksonville I spoke of Patrick Henry and the choice between liberty and death. In Tallahassee I spoke of John Adams and integrity as the sine qua non of the revolutionary. And in Tampa I spoke of Samuel Adams and the true meaning of rebellion. The common thread leading through all of these revolutionary men is faith.
There is a famous painting of Washington at Valley Forge by Arnold Friberg in which Washington is kneeling beside his horse, hands folded in prayer, a ray of the Sun shining through the trees of the forest and landing upon the stoic face of this saintly figure. A longstanding legend says that Washington was seen praying so to the God of Armies, and that never had a man prayed as he did. The pacifist who saw his prayer was converted that day to believing that the War was just, and that America was ordained by God to win.
Patrick Henry, as I quoted earlier this week, said that he would consider it an act of treason to his country if he failed to speak out against the slavery he saw being imposed on his countrymen by the Crown. He said further that he would consider it, “an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which [he revered] above all earthly kings.”
The integrity of John Adams was no doubt rooted in his faith. He was not overly fond of religion, “[b]ut,” he said, “I must submit all my Hopes and Fears, to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the Faith may be, I firmly believe.”
Samuel Adams was intended by his parents to be a minister, and I remarked in an earlier address that he broke from this to study politics. Still his faith remained. And more to the point, his faith led him to fight against oppression.
But whether or not one has faith in God or Providence or a higher power of any sort, the fact is that the revolutionary cannot exist without faith in something higher than the life of the individual. Even leaving aside the faith these men had in God, we can see the faith they had in their vision of a new society of man, in which none would be subject to a monarch, but all would be citizens of a nation ruled by its own people, with rights commensurate with their duties.
Faith in a better world was what drove those men at Valley Forge to freeze and starve to death. Faith in a higher law was what led Patrick Henry to denounce the purchase of life at the cost of chains and slavery. Faith in Providence led Adams to do what was right, even through the most miserable of times. Faith in God led Samuel Adams to commit what was considered high treason so that justice might reign over America. But that was long ago. No British Crown rules over us. And our faith in the Spirit is nigh unto extinct. What principles do we fight for? What vision have we?
It is difficult to rally people behind the cry “We believe in nothing” or a philosophy of “We just want to be left alone.” Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “You call yourself free? Your dominant thought I want to hear, and not that you have escaped from a yolk. Are you one of those who had the right to escape from a yoke? There are some who threw away their last value when they threw away their servitude. Free from what? As if that mattered to Zarathustra! But your eyes should tell me brightly: free for what?”
In an age such as ours, goals and ambitions and utopias are as numerous as grains of sand on a beach. There are tribes that value meekness and humility. There are tribes that value tolerance and compassion. There are tribes that value asceticism and severity. Some want equality above all else, others wealth. Some want a strict religious life, others indolent self-indulgence.
What I speak of is not objective truth, for there can be no such thing. What I speak of, what I value, is of value only to me and those like me. Loyalty, honor, courage, will, strength, integrity: these, to me and mine, are virtues. Intellect, creativity, athleticism: these are what we cultivate. Scholarship, art, music, poetry, architecture: these are what we cherish. Tribe, family, and the home: these are what we fight for.
I have raised my banner. My aim is clear. Those who share our values are invited to join us, and I would urge you to remember at all times: Faith demands a decision before it can work. Don’t wait around for us to come knocking on your door, or for the System to collapse. Now is the time to prepare. Work and prepare. War is coming.
May the Goddess bless our campaign, and may God bless the Sacred Land of America.