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>

President Barack Obama has thrown down the gauntlet: if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down his precious health care law, he’ll make the courts an issue in the presidential campaign.

But it should be an issue regardless, because this year’s election is a two-fer: as goes the presidency, so goes the federal judiciary — including, most likely, control of the Supreme Court.

Case Background

Does the government have the right to deny business permits because neighbors complain? The Arizona Supreme Court said no in its ruling on the Goldwater Institute’s case, Coleman v. Mesa.

Part one of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged ends in despair, as the oil fields of entrepreneur Ellis Wyatt burst into flames. Wyatt Oil, once a successful business that created jobs and launched an economic Renaissance in the western United States, had fallen victim to stifling taxes and government regulation. No longer willing to surrender to bureaucrats, Wyatt abandons his once-thriving business.

There has been a lot of talk in the news about Nancy Reagan's comments about Newt Gingrich at our 1995 Goldwater Institute Dinner. Below we present the entire video so you can hear the full speeches of Mrs. Reagan, Speaker Gingrich, and Sen. Barry Goldwater.

15:30 - Sen. Barry Goldwater's remarks

19:30 - Nancy Reagan's remarks

23:30 - Rep. John Shadegg's remarks

27:30 - Speaker Newt Gingrich's remarks

As we approach Arizona’s Centennial,  KJZZ-FM's Here and Now pays tribute to local legends who have helped shape the state’s identity. State Senate president Steve Pierce, Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb, and Nick Dranias of the Goldwater institute help us remember Barry Goldwater. 

Listen to the podcast here.

Applications for the Foundation for Economic Education's Summer Seminars are now open! The Freedom University series in Atlanta, GA, is designed to introduce college students to Austrian economics, history, and current events. The Advanced Austrian seminar will take place at FEE's headquarters in Irvington, NY, and two high school seminars will be held in Salt Lake City, UT. This year we’ll also put on a new seminar for FEE alumni, Communicating Liberty, in Atlanta.

In response to an unprecedented expansion of federal power, citizens have held hundreds of "tea party" rallies around the country, and various states are considering "sovereignty resolutions" invoking the Constitution's Ninth and Tenth Amendments. For example, Michigan's proposal urges "the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States."

George Mason University’s Mercatus Center recently ranked the states according to economic and personal freedom. Once again, Arizona ranks in the middle of the pack with California dragging up the rear. Arizona ranks 22nd best in overall freedom; California ranks 48th. But before we congratulate ourselves for being better than California, let’s ask ourselves if we can afford to stay in the middle.

Six years ago, a fractured Supreme Court upheld affirmative action with the forward-looking observation that all "race-conscious" policies must "have a termination point."  Given the recent presidential election, it is only fair to ask: Are we there yet?

Promises of reduced spending swept dozens of self-proclaimed conservatives into power during the 2010 congressional elections. What did they do? They gave President Obama the power to lift the federal debt limit, twice failed to move a Balanced Budget Amendment proposal out of the House and promised spending cuts that look increasingly illusory.