Steve Shaw

U.S. Senator Frank Church: It’s Called Democracy

Frank Church, Democrat member of the United States Senate from Idaho from 1957-1981, took words and ideas seriously, and what he expressed consistently throughout his distinguished career was his commitment to democracy and his unshakeable belief in a democratic faith. Especially through his speeches but also in other public and private documents, Senator Church demonstrated a Jeffersonian belief in the people along with a Madisonian dedication to fundamental democratic principles, ideals, and institutions. This lecture will focus primarily on Church’s work in the U.S. Senate, especially with respect to the role of the Senate in American foreign policy. What will be shown is Church’s firm commitment to and advocacy for deliberative democracy in a dialogic political society.