Q & A with Adrian Wyllie, Candidate for Governor of Florida Special
Adrian Wyllie is a candidate for Governor of the State of Florida, a former Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, and radio show personality.
His activism in protest
of the Real ID Act has made him one of the most talked about and controversial political figures in Florida. In the following question and answer transcript, he addresses some of his more controversial stances in his words.
Why did you decide to run as a Libertarian candidate?
I've been a registered Libertarian since I was in my early 20's. The Libertarian Party platform has always been consistent with my core beliefs, so I wouldn't even consider running in another party. Though there may be some political advantages to running as a Republican or Democrat, I believe it would be disingenuous for me to do so.
What are your feelings about the use of drones in law enforcement?
I am vehemently opposed to unmanned aerial vehicles being used for surveillance. I believe the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 12 of the Florida Constitution clearly prohibit their use without a search warrant. I was pleased that the Libertarian Party of Florida was able to get our Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act (SB 92) passed in the 2013 legislative session. The bill was watered down somewhat from its original version as it went through the committee process. However, it does provide greater protection for Floridians' privacy from drone surveillance than we previously enjoyed.
What are your feelings about the possibility of legalizing marijuana in the state of Florida?
According to recent poll data, 73% of Floridians now support medical marijuana, and 58% support full legalization. I believe that a complete end to marijuana prohibition is in Florida's near future. As Governor, I support a complete end to prohibition, and I will be happy to sign that legislation into law.
What are your feelings about the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal aliens or undocumented workers?
It's a symptom of a much greater set of problems that we face. In this case, the problem is two-fold. First, if it weren't for the massive entitlement state, our concerns about illegal immigration would be primarily mitigated. Second, if it weren't for the false belief that government must issue permits for everything that we do in that course of our daily lives, this would be of no consequence. I tend to look to problems like this and ask, "What is the root cause of the problem, and can we solve it with more freedom instead of more government?" More often than not, the root cause is too much government in the first place.
How do you feel about the stand your ground law in general, not necessarily the implications in the Trayvon Martin case?
I believe that the Second Amendment gives each of us the absolute right to self defense. If we truly adhered to the Second Amendment, laws like 'stand your ground' would not even be necessary. However, until we replace our existing elected officials with men and women who truly understand their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, I will support any law that strengthens Floridians' right to self defense, including 'stand your ground.'
Your website has a statement about the possible war with Syria. As Governor how would you try to avoid the war?
As governor, my authority in this matter will be extremely limited. However, I would strongly resist any attempt by the U.S. Department of Defense to deploy Florida National Guard units to combat in Syria, or any other overseas conflict. Short of a Congressional declaration of war, the Florida Guard belongs here to protect our state.
Do you have any pet projects you would like to see enacted as Governor?
Yes, several. The foremost would likely be the Florida Intrastate Commerce Act. This act would codify that anything that is manufactured, grown, fabricated, or produced in Florida, and distributed and sold in Florida, shall be immune from any federal regulations whatsoever. This would make Florida a bastion of economic prosperity, job creation, and launch an entrepreneurial boon that hasn't been seen in generations. I'm confident that, with this act, we could reduce Florida's unemployment rate to under 5% within two years, and create a model for all other states to emulate.
Do you currently have a driver’s license?
No, I surrendered my driver's license in May, 2011 in protest of the Real ID Act, and I continue to drive without it. Real ID requires that anyone applying for, or renewing their driver's license present an array of personal documentation and be subjected to a biometric scan of their face for the purpose of facial recognition cataloging. This documentation and biometric data is uploaded to a Department of Homeland Security database. I refused to waive my Fourth Amendment rights in order to be granted a "privilege" from the state. Sadly, it appears that law enforcement agencies around the state have absolutely no intention of enforcing the law in my case. Though I drive tens of thousands of miles per year, I seem to be immune from prosecution. I look forward to the day when I am finally cited for driving without a license, so that I may explain to a jury of my peers the unconstitutional nature of Real ID as it applies to Florida driver's licensing. Ultimately, I seek to overturn the Real ID act, or at least nullify it in Florida.
How do you feel about same sex marriages?
I believe that people should be free to love and cherish whomever they choose. Government lacks the authority to restrict free association between consenting adults, and marriage is the pinnacle of free association. No one -- straight or gay -- should forced to beg the state's permission to marry, by way of applying for a marriage license. A marriage is a contract, or covenant, between individuals, and it should be left to the individuals and the churches to decide.
I report semi-favorably on groups like Anonymous, it’s possible that could be construed as material support by the federal government in the future. Do you think the federal government has done enough to protect citizens from indefinite detention under NDAA, and is there anything you can do as Governor to strengthen these protections?
I am vehemently opposed to Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. It is horrifying to me that our federal government has granted itself the unlawful and unconstitutional authority circumvent due process, and to indefinitely detain Americans without charges, without trial, without evidence. As governor, I will not allow the federal government to so blatantly violate the Constitution on my watch, and will do everything in my power to prevent it. If federal agents attempt to detain any Floridian under NDAA, I will ensure those federal agents and agencies are arrested and brought to justice. NDAA will not be enforced in Florida on my watch.
You certainly aren’t one of the Tallahassee good old boys; do you think that will be a hindrance as Governor?
Yes and no. I'm not big on compromising, so there will be none of the typical quid pro quo with the good 'ol boy network. That may mean there will be resistance to my initiatives in the state legislature. But being a political outsider gives me the advantage in other ways. For example, I don't owe anyone any favors. And, I'll have the power of the veto, which gives me a distinct edge. I will have no problem vetoing all of the legislators' pork projects and crony deals. Eventually, I'm hoping the legislators will grow weary of having their bills vetoed, and begin to look for ways to work with me to begin restoring liberty to Florida.
You have been one of the most easily accessible political candidates I have ever been in contact with. Is that openness and transparency something we would be able to expect from you as Governor?
Absolutely. Our elected officials are public servants, not royalty as they sometimes like to think. I will be as accessible as I possibly can. In fact, I plan to stream any official meeting in my office live on the Internet, especially when lobbyists or special interest groups are involved. I will need everyone's help to ensure that I avoid the corruption of Tallahassee politics, and that I stay true to my core principles.
If you could get one message out to the voters, what would it be?
The two-party system has failed. It's time to stop participating in Red Team vs. Blue Team politics. Think outside the box. If you want different results from your government, you have to make different choices.
We’ve discussed a lot of the traditionally controversial positions of the Libertarian Party. Do you think Florida is ready for that kind of leadership?
Absolutely. Because Libertarianism isn't radical. It is the philosophy upon which our nation was founded, and which gave us all the opportunity to enjoy peace, prosperity, and the blessings of liberty. The problems we face today are because we've strayed so far from those founding principles. Also, I believe most people are basically Libertarian, they just haven't realized it yet. Libertarians simply want a world where you are free to live your life as you see fit, so long as you do not harm anyone else. Libertarians believe in the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Libertarians believe in economic freedom, individual liberty, and the Constitution. The people understand it. Sadly, our government has forgotten it. Elect me, and together, we'll soon remind them.