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It’s True – I Did

Mar 16, 2016 — by: Dennis Linthicum
Categories: Culture, Economy, Politics

Last week a local newspaper made note of the fact that I filed as a candidate for Oregon’s Senate District #28. If you haven’t heard the news, it’s true – I did.

The ideals and traditions that have made America great will be the same principles grounding my candidacy. These are the principles for Life, Liberty, and the freedom of our individual pursuits.

Allowing Oregon’s citizens the right to work toward these ideals will be my goal. Pursuing these freedoms will do more to help Oregon than any of the results oozing from progressive legislators.

Several of the future economic deformations headed toward Oregon families are: **

  • more unemployment due to minimum wage increases;
  • increased tax penalty for the working poor who bump up through the state and federal income tax tables (which are not adjusted for inflation);
  • annual increases scheduled for agricultural pumping costs;
  • increases in household electric rates exceeding $190 per year;
  • grid distortions caused by the green energy fleecing of Oregon taxpayers.

Our American traditions are being lambasted, altered and undermined by collectivist ideals. These arbitrary and capricious ideals mask the nature of modern governments.

The history of mankind is filled with stories of oligarchs, tyrants, and dictators. Their arbitrary forms of government have been the general rule. Restrained government is our American exception.

Oregon needs a Rebirth of Liberty – the liberty and spirit that embodied our American Institutions. As Americans, living in Oregon, we can use the elements from our past and return to a system that will protect our future.

These elements are well known. They show themselves in our courts and town halls. They weave through our neighborhoods and blossom in our relationships. They are what remains of our nation’s individualism, voluntarism, constitutionalism, government by law, representative government, limited government, natural rights, moral order, private property, thrift, industry, and competition. Unfortunately, these enduring principles and American traditions have been chased from history.

These principles comprise what our founding fathers meant by their use of the word “liberal.” They meant “liberal” as in “liberated.” They birthed the tradition of representative government, self-governance and individual Liberty. This is the only legitimate replacement for the historical authoritarian tradition.

The Founders did away with the hierarchical political values brought from Europe. Their desire was to start the American form of government on an obvious (but never before tried) idea about dispersed control. They started with equality among people and finished with active consent as government’s limiting boundary.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These are not new thoughts. They should be well known to all American’s and anyone who has ever dreamed of coming to America.

Yet, the newspaper I mentioned earlier identifies me as one who is a, “prolific writer with a pretty easy-to-find track record of strong anti-government views.”

They ask their readers, “Is this the right person to become the legislative ‘face’ in Salem?”

What do you think?

  • Do you still admire our Nation’s Founders?
  • Do you believe in Liberty over Security?
  • Do your believe in fighting for your Rights?
  • Are you an “anti-government extremist”?

All of the Founders of our great nation would have been characterized as “anti-government extremists.” I am proud to be associated with such good company. But they were not “anti-government” they were anti-authoritarian. They, in fact, created a historic enterprise; a government that was “a more perfect union.”

They each had a prolific thought-life that has been the admiration of generations. They were not afraid of picking up a quill and scribbling out their ideas. They were so committed to their treason that those who signed declared, “[F]or the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Today’s progressive movement has thrown aside our American tradition in favor of a Utopian dream fulfilled by big government authoritarians. To the dismay of liberty loving patriots all over Oregon, the progressive movement is wielding it’s majority with thoughtless abandon.

Together we must return to the ideals that guided the men & women who fought the tyranny of the ruling power during the late 1700’s. Men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams and women like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis-Warren and Penelope Barker.

My hope is that our generation will provide the catalyst for the Rebirth of Liberty. Join with me and renew your commitment to Oregon and America. Together, we can, “mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

** I will explore these bulleted issues over the upcoming weeks…


  1. Go Dennis Go!!! I supported you the last time and I am pushing the good word about you now. I don’t give a darn what the H&N has to say about it. Win this Dennis and good luck!! Best Regards, Lisa

  2. Dennis please keep up the good work! Not all of us are misinformed and believe what people tell us we are to believe on the news or reading a Left wing rag… or a Right wing rag for that matter. It’s very interesting that those people who say folks are “anti-government” don’t really understand that antigovernment is actually anarchist where there is no law, no police and no government. I have read and followed Mr Linthicum’s writings and I have never read any anti-government comments or writings. Freedom loving Americans simply want the government held accountable for their actions as they work for the people not the other way around. So do statist individuals want us to never question the actions of our politicians, leaders and bureaucrats? It seems as though the left and some on the right wants to be the only ones to question our government’s actions. If we question the actions of these servants is that considered anti-government? I believe it is our duty to question unjust and unlawful actions by those we hire and vote into office to serve us.

  3. I have to say, I certainly wasn’t surprised when I heard the left, led by our fine Mayor Todd Kellstrom, was crying in his soup and calling a meeting of local Democrats and RINO’s to contest your application even though it was completely legal, and actually brilliant! Please don’t apologize for the move; anyone who supports conservatism in Southern Oregon should be impressed. We have a candidate who actually fights back against the generally unconstitutional Democrat Party and mug-waump’s like Mayor Kellstrom. In fact if the left had used the same tactics by filing late to insure a smaller playing field, they would be considered shrewd and heralded by, who else, The Herald & Ruse! I hope the people of Klamath County will make the connection of who is calling foul by the names of the participants in the upcoming protest meeting, if the H&N actually publishes them. This election cycle of 2015-2016 has been the greatest political “filter” since the McCarthy hearings of the 1950’s when many communists in our government were exposed. Who would have known how many Republicans we lauded as patriotic are nothing more than scumbag parasites that would rather vote for Hillary Clinton than elect someone outside the party to fix what they have destroyed with their personal greed since the end of Ronald Reagan’s two terms as President. The same holds true with state and local politics due to the people finally standing up and calling out the parasites for what they are, even at the local level. This hasn’t been as successful in Oregon, but I am hoping more people like you will run for office in the future and win, especially if we are successful in ridding congress of many do-nothing Republicans in the upcoming election. Hopefully it will work to our advantage after the fall election cycle because many of the incumbent replacements from the last election cycle who have been less than conservative should be thrown out. Folks, be very careful who you vote for locally on the upcoming ballot as candidates are no longer required to declare a political affiliation. Do your research and don’t believe much of what you read in the Herald & News, as they are very biased to the left leaning candidates. In fact any candidate the Herald & News endorses should be viewed with rigorous scrutiny. The “new” Herald & News is a far cry from the Herald & News of the 1990’s and before. They have turned in favor of the progressives, especially for the past 8 years, and are now a full blown left wing media outlet. Sad, but true! Sincerely, George, George Klamath Falls, OR

  4. It is great to see you running for Whitsett’s State Senate seat Dennis. I can’t think of a better replacement for the much respected State Senator. It looks like the local political establishment is quite upset over your candidacy. I believe it is a good thing to shake them up a bit. The entire country needs more of this. You have our full support and we will help any way we can. Keep up the good work.

  5. Does the fellow who wrote the article or editorial know the ratio of Democrats to Republicans in that Senate District? Considering it is a rock solid R district, the incumbent R is endorsing Linthicum and the R’s already have a great R who has filed for the Senate seat; why would any thinking R want to muddy the process with a hopeless write-in campaign? The reality is the R’s already have a talented, experienced and electable candidate.

  6. Dennis, I am keeping you in prayer and looking forward to your inauguration. God’s Speed to you Sir!

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