Duensing Withdrew From Libertarian Presidential Race In Favor of Ron Paul

From an entry on Jim Duensing’s blogsite:

A Thanksgiving Note from a Former Student
Black Friday, 2011

Dr. Wolfram,

A copy of your letter on the OWS movement made its way to my email inbox – a technological convenience inaccessible, if not inconceivable, to Americans like Thomas Jefferson or even John F. Kennedy. But, that does not mean we are more free than those generations.

Since graduating from Hillsdale College after attending several of your classes, I have become very politically active. I have been the State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Nevada and was a top tier candidate for the Libertarian nomination for President this election cycle – until I withdrew from the contest when Ron Paul announced his intention to seek the office.

I have been following the OWS movement since it began in Zucotti Park, covering it on my radio show – The Jim Duensing Show – featuring Opinions So Good They Ought To Be Yours on Freedomizer Radio, which can be heard around the globe at www.FreedomizerRadio.com.

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30 thoughts on “Duensing Withdrew From Libertarian Presidential Race In Favor of Ron Paul

  1. Sane LP member

    Thank YOU.
    That is one Freak Show that I didn’t want to see at a national LP convention. Time to get serious.

  2. just saying

    Riiiight, because Carl “Bestiality” Person and Wayne “Israel” Root (and his teeth) are serious…

  3. Bruce Cohen

    Maybe Jim needs the time to prepare a defense to the legal challenges facing him.

    I hear he faces five (5) years or so if he’s convicted. And he sounds pretty guilty, to me.

    The Las Vegas cops who shot him sound pretty darn credible.

  4. paulie

    If he was on the top tier, who was on the bottom? Bob Milnes?

    Sounds like the beginning of a story set in a prison…

  5. johncjackson

    Since I’ve read just about everything written by Radley Balko ( not to exclude others covering that beat) over the last 9 years, my brain can’t really process the thought that “cop=credible.”

  6. Andy

    Bruce Cohen said: “I hear he faces five (5) years or so if he’s convicted. And he sounds pretty guilty, to me.”

    Guilty of what? I’m familiar with the case and I don’t think that Jim did anything that would merit sending a person to prison.

    “The Las Vegas cops who shot him sound pretty darn credible.”

    How was the shooting justified? Jim may or may not have used the best judgement in handling the situation, but it didn’t sound to me like he did anything to merit getting shot.

  7. Andy

    I like Jim, but in all honesty, he wasn’t running much of a campaign, so considering this I think it was for the best that he dropped out of the race.

    I clicked the link and read the entire letter. I thought it was well written and that it made very good points.

  8. RedPhillips

    Darn. I was hoping Duensing would win and the face of the party would be an overt conspiracy theorist just so I could watch George Phillies’ head explode.

  9. Bruce Cohen

    He got stopped for a traffic infraction.

    The cop ran his information and found out he was wanted for a bench warrant.

    He ran.

    As he was running, he reached into his pants where he had a gun. (He was a firearms instructor at the time and had a gun on him.)

    The civilian witnesses on the street saw it the same way the cops did.

    I wasn’t there, so I’m not a valid court witness, but I do have an opinion.

    My opinion is that you don’t run from the cops and then reach for your gun.

  10. Thomas L. Knapp

    @14,

    You left out a little something between “the cop ran his information” and “he ran.”

    That little something is that the cop assaulted him with a deadly weapon.

  11. paulie

    Since I’ve read just about everything written by Radley Balko ( not to exclude others covering that beat) over the last 9 years, my brain can’t really process the thought that “cop=credible.”

    That, and personal experience leads me to agree.

  12. paulie

    in all honesty, he wasn’t running much of a campaign, so considering this I think it was for the best that he dropped out of the race.

    True…if he was going to run he should have been more active in campaigning.

    I clicked the link and read the entire letter. I thought it was well written and that it made very good points.

    I agree that it was well written and made a lot of good points, and recommend it.

    I did have some quibbles – the main one being the overly positive view of 18th and 19th century America that overlooks slavery, Indian wars, indentured servitude, company towns, state churches, the treatment of women, and so on. The other one was Jim’s brief foray into his birther obsession, which was luckily a mere aside.

    Nonetheless, I’d recommend the article to all here.

  13. paulie

    You left out a little something between “the cop ran his information” and “he ran.”

    That little something is that the cop assaulted him with a deadly weapon.

    As I understand it, he was tased, which was life threatening due to a heart condition, and was about to be tased again. When he was running he had his back to the cop and denies reaching for the gun. If he had in fact been reaching for the gun it would have taken him time to stop, turn around and point his weapon, which would have given the cop an advantage. The fact that he was shot from behind is suspicious at the very least.

    If I got any facts wrong here please let me know.

  14. RedPhillips

    What was the bench warrant for?

    It’s not my party so maybe I don’t have enough of a stake in maintaining its credibility, but I don’t think running someone who is allegedly being persecuted by the law would necessarily be a bad move for the party that is against most laws, although it would help for the situation to be more clear cut than this one. But in a situation where you can clearly make a righteous case for the persecuted, it would create an instant entry point to start debating your issues.

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  16. Jill Pyeatt

    I’ve been watching Jim’s case re: the arrest and shooting from the beginning, and I do NOT think Jim should be found guilty. I don’t find anyone credible on the side of the cops.

  17. LibertarianGirl

    I literally hate the man and even I wouldnty say hes guilty or did anything tojustify being shot or to deserve time in a cage…did I mention the very thought of him makes me curdle?

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