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>

PHOENIX- Authors Brad Lips and Dan Lips will host a book signing and cocktail hour at the Goldwater Institute tonight at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the release of their new book, The Reagan Vision: How You Can Revive the Reagan Revolution. The volume reviews Reagan's policy initiatives, contains an appendix of his speeches, and offers ten ideas for advancing freedom in our age.

Press Contact: Tom Jenney, (602) 462-5000

Phoenix-In a new report released today, 42 Ideas for a Free and Prosperous Arizona, the Goldwater Institute offers Arizona's citizens and policymakers 42 ideas that can be implemented this year to encourage economic growth and enhance freedom. The report suggests budget-friendly solutions to a range of policy problems, including:

A debate over racial and gender-based preference programs in Arizona has grown increasingly volatile as backers of the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative cry foul over opposition efforts led by a group from Michigan.

The Goldwater Institute released a statement June 23 decrying the practices of a group referring to itself as By Any Means Necessary. The Goldwater Institute charges that the Michigan groups members have provided misleading information to voters stating that the initiative is supported by the Ku Klux Klan.

In Republican social circles, it's an unavoidable, if slightly weird, fact: Invite Joe Arpaio just about anywhere, and Joe Arpaio shows up. Whether it's a roast in Sun City, the opening of a raunchy Scottsdale taqueria, even the Arizona Republic Christmas party the elderly sheriff has nothing better to do than attend.

No, I was worried about bigger things. Namely, I fretted, "He's not going to arrest the guest of honor, is he?"

On this night, the Goldwater Institute was honoring Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Dutch politician, provocateur targeting Islam, intellectual.

Ward Connerly, founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), has been riding the wave of his successful 2006 Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which banned racial preferences in public universities and government hiring and contracting in that state. He will be looking to give voters in five more states the opportunity on Election Day 2008 to ban racial preferences. After the decisive 58-42% win in Michigan, Connerly and his supporters have every reason to believe that public opinion is strongly on their side.

Step aside partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Make way for soy.

On the heels of New York City's ban to free its restaurants of trans fatty acids, Marriott International hotels just announced it is dumping the harder-to-pronounce cooking oil in favor of deep fryers filled with a healthier alternative soybean oil. Beginning this month, Marriott becomes yet another company getting in line to please the publics taste for something less fat, and maybe save a few lives in the process.

Consumer-driven bans

Forty years ago, on the eve of a presidential election, millions of Americans gathered in front of their television sets to watch a fading Hollywood star deliver a speech on behalf of the Republican candidate, Sen. Barry Goldwater.

'Goldwater' label moves from right as GOP changes

In 1964, Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater delivered the words that simultaneously defined a conservative political force and doomed his presidential campaign:

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

The statement caused some fellow Republicans to label Goldwater a conservative radical on the outer fringes of the party of Lincoln.

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." The image of our government careening through our rights like a drunken teenager is funny, but too true. We owe this colorful image to P.J. O'Rourke.

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