You’re welcome, America.
That’s not a statement a resident of Illinois gets to make very often with sincerity.
But the nation owes a debt of gratitude to two Illinoisans who advanced the cause of liberty for millions more Americans through their courage to dissent.
Pam Harris and Mark Janus are their names.
Pam is the mother of a young man with developmental disabilities who resisted SEIU’s attempt to force parents of children with disabilities into its union, literally pitting parents against their children.
Pam took her case all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled in her favor in 2014.
That set the table for Mark Janus, a child support specialist for the State of Illinois, who challenged his forced membership in and financing of AFSCME.
Mark took his case all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled in his favor in June.
Without Harris there would’ve been no Janus.
Without Janus, public sector workers in 22 states would still be second-class citizens with respect to their First Amendment rights.
Courage begets courage.
As I know them both, I can tell you what they would say about the history they’ve made: Don’t worry about remembering our names. Focus instead on emulating our example.