In recent years, the state of Idaho has been seen by many people as a haven of hate, as extremist groups and individuals have tried to establish in Idaho a base of operations from which to espouse their extremist political and racial ideologies. In spite of their efforts and the attention they have received, these extremists have not been successful in creating their homeland of hate in Idaho. Yet, these groups and individuals should not be dismissed as merely lunatic or delusional; their message does strike a responsive chord in many people. Arguing that, for purposes of both political theory and practice, these extremists and their message deserve critical scrutiny, Shaw places their activity and message in their proper political, theoretical, historical, and cultural context.
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.