Letter to the Editor
Boquist deserves cheers, not jeers
Let's get this straight: Sen. Brian Boquist did not threaten anyone. When he said, "send bachelors" and "come heavily armed," he was responding to a threat from the executive branch and Democrats — that any senator who walked out again would be put in "leg irons, handcuffs, chained to your desk in an orange jumper" (Marja Martinez, Fox 12 Oregon, June 27).
This hyperbolic threat called for a hyperbolic response, and it should be obvious that neither was meant literally. Boquist was saying that if any attempt was made to kidnap him or otherwise unconstitutionally restrict his freedom of movement, he would resist.
Put more simply, he was told that he would be brought back by force. He responded that it would take a whole lot of force to bring him back. Note who was on the offensive and who was on the defensive in this scenario. And that police are armed and can use violence at their own discretion.
According to the separation of powers made clear in the Oregon Constitution, Capitol police, not Oregon State Police should have been engaged to bring back Senate Republicans. Instead, lawmakers were being treated like criminals, and Boquist wasn't having it. Hyperbole notwithstanding, I salute him.