Guest Opinion by Tom Bowerman, Medford Mail Tribune, March 1 2020
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,” stipulates Article IV of the U.S. Constitution. Truant Oregon Republican legislators describe their boycott as necessary to prevent a legislative vote on a long-range climate stability policy for Oregon. So it is doubly ironic that elected Republicans shut down Oregon’s required representative elective body from voting.
The founders understood that most citizens don’t have patience, aptitude or time for the in-depth research, understanding and compromise necessary for complex challenges. Global warming is a first-order complex challenge. It isn’t realistic to think most citizens will read a 170-page policy bill, much less evaluate the thousands of hours expended in hearings and work sessions begun in 2007. Ironically, too, the bill became more complex to address the objections of those who now abdicate their post. Truants are correct that it is tough to do this in a short session, but disingenuously forget that they also walked out in the 2019 long session to prevent action.