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Week in Review: Ronald Reagan Said it Best…

November 25, 2023

Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction, Ronald Reagan once said.

That’s why we’re grateful to all Americans who defend freedom, standing firm against government tyranny not because it’s easy, but because it’s right. Without their courage and determination to stand up for their parental rights, their right to earn a living, their right to equality under the law, their right to free speech, and more, our efforts at the Goldwater Institute would be futile.

These individuals don’t just fight for their rights; they are the embodiment of vigilance, safeguarding liberty not only for themselves but for future generations. “Their actions inspire our work and remind us of the continuous effort required to preserve the freedoms we hold dear,” Goldwater Institute President and CEO Victor Riches writes.

The Goldwater Institute extends heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our supporters, clients, and advocates, whose courage and commitment to liberty are essential to our mission. In this season of giving thanks, let’s celebrate the steadfast spirit of liberty that they personify. Together, we are ensuring that the principles of liberty and individual rights remain the bedrock of our nation.

Read more here.

 Stop Passing the Buck to Thieves and Forgers

Imagine the government helped someone forge your signature to access your paycheck. It’s reality: public-sector labor unions forge people’s signatures on membership cards, government employers let it happen, and those agencies just keep deducting money from people’s checks and handing it over to the unions.

It needs to stop. That’s why the Goldwater Institute recently filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to end the public-sector union forgery schemes.

Under the First Amendment, no one can be forced to be a union member, remain a union member, or pay union dues. But the government is dodging accountability, claiming only the unions committed the fraud to stop employees from leaving. In other words, government employers facilitated a fraud—and are now literally passing the buck…to the forgers.

But as our brief explains, government has a constitutional duty to prevent participation in illegal activity, and Goldwater attorneys are working nationwide to hold government accountable for failing to fulfill this important duty. As for the unconstitutional forgery schemes that have only enriched the powerful at the workers’ expense, it’s past time for them to end.

Read more here.

We’re #1…Again

Arizona is leading America in freeing families from a failing public education system thanks to the Goldwater Institute’s work—and our prominent role is earning high praise from national conservative leaders.

For the second consecutive year, Arizona is the #1 state for education choice in America and the #2 state for overall education freedom, according to the Heritage Foundation’s annual Education Freedom Report Card.

As Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says: “Goldwater, in particular, has been extraordinary in leading on school choice. Arizona has been at the tip of the spear…they’ve been a model to the entire nation.”

Arizona’s impressive ranking comes as more than 70,000 students have taken advantage of the state’s universal Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program—the most expansive program of its kind in America. Universal ESAs, which the Goldwater Institute enacted last year as the gold standard for school choice after pioneering the nation’s first ESA program in Arizona more than a decade ago, offer school choice to any family that wants it.

And in 2023, we’ve helped make school choice for all a reality in six more states. We’ll keep working to ensure that all students and parents in America have the same freedom and flexibility to shape their future that Arizonans now have.

Read more here.

New Video: What is Equality All About?

Should government limit our freedom so people can be more “equal”? In the seventh installment of the Foundations of Freedom video series, Goldwater Vice President for Legal Affairs Timothy Sandefur discusses how people become less equal as their lives get better.

Watch Episode 7 here.

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