Most of the doors were closed, most of the faces were blank.
A handful of liberty activists were lobbying the state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. Very few people with power were giving them time, and fewer still were listening. Their arguments, those of the Liberty First Network, were for less government and more freedom, less law and more liberty. The state capitol, though, is not really a place for the discussion of ideas and ideals. It is more primal than that, really about two things: the carrot and the stick. Both were in short supply. Who had even heard of a “libertarian” anyhow?
In 2014, Adrian Wyllie ran for governor of Florida. He introduced many to new ideas, offered different policies to consider, and brought energy to a campaign with two unpopular offerings by the old parties. People did not need to pick between what the Democrats and Republicans served up to them, they had a different choice, and it was a good one that stood for something. But he lost. Politics is all about winning, and he lost. It was over.
But then a funny thing happened…
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