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BY STEVEN FELDSTEIN SEPTEMBER 02, 2017 10:21 PM

I’ve asked myself what Frank Church would say.

 

He also lived in a complicated time. The United States was embroiled in a deeply unpopular war in Vietnam without an end in sight. Pitched battles were being fought daily between unrepentant segregationists and nonviolent civil rights activists demanding equality. The “Radical Right” — as Frank Church called it — was deftly manipulating the public’s dread of communism to justify putting in place increasingly harsh and “totalitarian methods.” As a champion of civil rights legislation, Church frequently faced the ire of citizens who were concerned he was undeservedly bestowing rights on minorities and people of color. In a letter to an incensed constituent in 1963, Church wrote the following: “If we truly love our great nation and all that it stands for, let us turn from the councils of ignorance, bigotry and hate, to councils of reason and decency.”

 

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