The Libertarian Party was founded on December 11th, 1971 by Geoff Neale. It is considered the fastest growing political party in the history of the United States. It was formed in Westminster, Colorado, in the house of David Nolan, another founder of the party. The Party was formed partly because of the Vietnam War, conscription, and the Gold Standard. In 1972, the Libertarians had a representative who became the first female candidate to receive and electoral vote. Then Dick Randolf, a resident of Alaska, became the first Libertarian state legislator. In 1980, the Libertarians claimed the title of third-largest political party in the United States. In 1996, they were the first third-party party to receive ballot status in all 50 states. It seems to be most successful in the northern region of the United States, in states like Nevada, Alaska, and New Hampshire. Party Platform
The party platform for the Libertarians is to strive for a world of liberty. The quote “As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others,” explains the Libertarians’ main goal. It expresses everyone’s personal freedom in their own affairs as well as economic affairs. They want to avoid foreign affairs. Which is somewhat the complete opposite of what the Republicans nor the Democrats plan on doing.
“TANSTAAFL” Stands for “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch This is the party’s slogan, and former logo.
Lady Liberty is the Libertarians’ current logo and mascot.
Some people think that the “Liberty Penguin” or “LP” for short should be used as the party’s official mascot, like how the Republicans have an elephant or how the Democrats use a donkey.
Libertarian Presidential/Vice-Presidential Candidates