The "LP" has been worn by all the Libertarian Presdidential Candidates since its creation and rising popularity. Michael Badnarik notably wears it often while speaking on behalf of the LP. The "LP" can also be seen on Harry Browne's lapel on his new eTV show, This Week in Liberty.
Reasons for Adoption
As listed on LibertyPenguin.com::
- "LP" = Liberty Penguin = Libertarian Party
- Mascots say a lot...
- Democrats claim the donkey, an animal synonymous with stubbornness. Republicans chose the elephant, a beast more inclined to trample our rights than protect them.
- The Libertarian Party adopted Lady Liberty, the symbol of freedom.
- Unfortunately, so have scores of others.
- Lady Liberty has become an immensely popular corporate spokesperson. Her likeness appears in countless advertising campaigns, hawking everything from used cars to mutual funds.
- When Americans see Lady Liberty on the New York state license plate, or peddling Liberty Mutual Insurance, chances are they don't think of the Libertarian Party.
- We Need Our Own Mascot!
- The Libertarian Party needs a living mascot, a uniquely original symbol that will attract the attention and capture the hearts of America; one that will complement Lady Liberty and carry the torch proudly for those who still yearn to breathe free.
- Why a Penguin?
- Liberty is cool. Penguins symbolize cool.
- Penguins are friendly. They're natural icebreakers. They're also used to cold receptions.
- Penguins are cute. Their playful antics are a picture of freedom.
- Penguins are perfectly adapted to their environment. They thrive on one of the planet's harshest continents â€“ Antarctica.
- Penguins are black and white; there's no gray area.