Constitutional Rights

Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected.

<p>Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected. </p>

The Goldwater Institute

Usually, there is one person within an organization who stands out as the most influential. The Goldwater Institute, however, deserves an exception.

Earning friends and foes, the libertarian think-tank expanded into a law firm and a news resource, and its combined power was in full force in 2010.

PHOENIX – Retiring U.S. Representative John Shadegg of Arizona has joined the Goldwater Institute as a Senior Fellow, where he will help fulfill its mission of economic freedom and limited government.

PHOENIX – As members of Arizona’s 50th Legislature prepare for their first session in January 2011, the Goldwater Institute offers an abundance of recommendations to save money, improve education and advance freedom in our state with 100 Ideas for 100 Days.

“The answer to the riddle of Arizona’s budget deficit is getting government to focus on core functions,” said Darcy Olsen, president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute.

Long before Clint Bolick earned a living terrorizing bureaucrats and politicians in court, he was a teenager trying to figure out why he didn’t fit in with his high school Republican club.

Bolick, the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Law, didn’t grow up in a political family. But he learned as he grew, taking his lessons from the inner-city schools where he taught, the political machine that ran his New Jersey hometown, and even the bullies who picked on him as a gradeschooler.

Americans are increasingly questioning - and resisting - the endless growth of the federal government. Part of this resistance finds voice in efforts to enforce state sovereignty through litigation and legislation such as the Health Care Freedom Act and the Firearms Freedom Act. Measures such as these protect existing, fundamental rights from erosion at the federal level. But the growing discontent has also reignited interest in an even more direct route for the people and the states to regain control over the federal government - the Article V constitutional amendment process.

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The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in four categories for whether it expands or contracts liberty.

Education bills that give parents more choice, make public schools more accountable, expand the teaching pool through relaxed certification requirements, and encourage local control are scored a +1.

PHOENIX — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today the right to bear arms, which is guaranteed by the Second Amendment, also applies to states and local governments and not just federal jurisdictions such as Washington D.C. and national parks.

The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades went on KPNX Channel 12's Sunday Square Off to discuss the issues of the day.

Watch it here

Phoenix—The Goldwater Institute announces the addition of two new Senior Fellows to its team of policy and research experts. Jay P. Greene and Patrick Chovanec will share their experience on education and economics issues, respectively.

From Roman coliseums to Chinese communes, history shows repeatedly the devastating loss of freedom and humanity that can be wrought by unchecked government power. As survivors of religious and political oppression, America’s Founders were determined to provide their families and fellowmen with a system of governance that would avoid the tyranny of the past and protect life, liberty and property in the future.

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