The Libertarian Party is America's largest and most successful third party. The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 by a handful of disillusioned Republicans, Democrats, and political newcomers meeting in David Nolan's living room in Colorado hoping to create an alternative to the old parties. Today, the party is organized in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Millions of Americans have voted for Libertarian Party candidates in past elections throughout the country, despite the fact that many state governments place every imaginable roadblock in there path to keep third parties off the ballot. .
Libertarians believe the answer to America's political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness. They believe in a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings, a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others, and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's founders. They also believe in the American heritage of liberty, enterprise, and personal responsibility. Libertarians believe that being free and independent is a great way to live. They want a system which encourages all people to choose what they want from life; that lets them live, love, work, play, and dream their own way.
Libertarians currently hold five hundred and ninety six public offices now. As I have said before, they hold at least one office in every state. They hold various office titles like: county constable, city council members, county state supreme court members, commission members, board members of businesses and schools, and many, many more. I would take up a couple pages if I tried to list them all. In Texas there are only five Libertarians that hold an office, but states like California and Florida have thirty or more elected Libertarians. .
The Libertarian party ran more than one thousand four hundred and thirty candidates for the 2000 elections, which was more than twice as many as all other third parties combined.