The Libertarian Party Symbol is by far one of the more unique ones. A Porcupine represents something that in a sense creates a government that protects individual liberties with its quills but pretty much allows the porcupine to go where it wants also a freedom symbol. I would however state for the record that they would have actually been better off with an Eagle or something similar. That said there is a practical issue of a political party and power to consider.
You hear a lot of libertarians argue about what government should be and that if they got control of governmental power they would start stripping it down. I agree with them most of the time but there is a problem with the argument – it is premature. The fact is until you gain political power, what you would do with it is purely speculative. The problem with gaining political power is that you have to be ruthless in many ways to get it.
Libertarians also yell about how unfair the two-party system is and there is some truth to their arguments. However, arguing about how unfair it is has a two-fold problem 1) it does not solve it and 2) it wastes time as the real issue is that despite the system being stacked against a third party, there are opportunities for a third party to grow and develop but that party has to get serious about politics and how to gain political power.
Libertarians for the most part are also hamstringed by their own concepts of the non-aggression principle (NAP) and it is this false view of the NAP that keeps them non-aggressive. Most simply have not considered that part of the NAP is its final part which states that force should be used to protect rights that they miss so it keeps them as nice guys. The problem is I personally believe individual rights are under assault so the NAP kicks in for me to use what power I can to stop that from continuing and further, when presented the opportunity, to do so seize back those rights. That will never happen until one understands that politics is aggression.
To gain practical political power one must use political force. To use political force one must gain it. I am talking the simple power of not only running in elections but winning them. To many libertarians are caught up in the idea of shooting for the moon instead of building practical political power. I ask you, if libertarians won their dream of getting a president in the white house, what then? Would he have the political power to do what he needed to do? No. Practical political power requires building that power on all fronts from the local level to the state level and then to the national level. It would be far better of that libertarian president to step into a situation where he had the support of a libertarian Congress as well.
The real problem is that libertarians spend too much time polishing their theories than learning the craft of gaining and keeping political power. Perhaps it is part of the personality that makes up most Libertarian Party members, I don’t know. If you truly believe that individual liberties are under assault why are you not running for office or supporting someone who is across the board? Gaining back liberties is going to be a long fight, is going to face some tough political realities and going to require the patient maneuvering of political chess pieces till victory is won. Then it is going to require the same to keep that power long enough to genuinely reverse the tide because you cannot dismantle big government in a short time. You have to take it apart brick by brick and that means more practical political power being used and maintained.
You can fantasize all you want about gain control of the gun of government, removing the magazine and popping bullets so they clink merrily on the sidewalk but right now the gun is in the hands of others who like the bullets in the gun. Until that gun is wrestled away from them it remains only in the realm of fantasy. To wrestle the gun away from the forgetful elephants and the progressive jackasses requires political savvy, judicious uses of political influence and a little cash. Until these things are learned, gained and used to gain practical political power, the fantasy will never be reality. Politics is a craft that one must learn to be skillful at to play the game and the game must be played and one to have practical political power. Food for thought for the libertarians out there.