Commentary

In our blog, read about the political and cultural issues affecting Tennesseans written from a conservative perspective. Commentaries are typically written by David Fowler, an attorney who served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President.

The Christmas Story As I Never Heard It

The Christmas Story As I Never Heard It

Dec 3, 2021 by David Fowler

Three weeks from today will be Christmas Day. Until about two weeks ago I would have called myself a heretic for saying the most fundamental point of Christmas story—the events told in Luke Chapter 2 about the night Jesus was born—is ...
The Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving Even in the Mess We Are in.

The Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving Even in the Mess We Are in.

Nov 24, 2021 by David Fowler

I know a Thanksgiving commentary on Friday is a day late, but our publication day is Friday, and honestly, no one would read it on Thursday anyway. I hope you don’t also find it a dollar short! I want to share with you a simple recipe for havin...
How Should Christians Respond to the Republican Party’s New Pride Coalition?

How Should Christians Respond to the Republican Party’s New Pride Coalition?

Nov 19, 2021 by David Fowler

I was an elected Republican. I will vote for a particular Republican candidate over a Democrat assuming I choose to vote in that candidate’s race at all. But how should Christians respond to the recent news that the Republican National Committe...
Why We Really Should ‘Blame’ God for the Mess We Are In

Why We Really Should ‘Blame’ God for the Mess We Are In

Nov 11, 2021 by David Fowler

When you add the news this week that you and I have taken a 6.2% pay cut due to inflation to the ongoing news that supply chains problems are making normal consumer purchases more difficult, labor shortages abound, people are being fired for not gett...
Virginia’s Election and the TN Legislature’s COVID Special Session

Virginia’s Election and the TN Legislature’s COVID Special Session

Nov 5, 2021 by David Fowler

The results of the Virginia gubernatorial election should be a wake-up call for Republican elected officials in Tennessee. They ought not kid themselves that Youngkin’s victory was a ringing endorsement of the Republican Party. Just as certain ...
How to Tell the Federal Government ‘No’ on COVID ‘Vaccination’ Mandates.

How to Tell the Federal Government ‘No’ on COVID ‘Vaccination’ Mandates.

Oct 21, 2021 by David Fowler

The COVID special session is put up or shut up time for our state politicians. I know from experience that they are in a tough spot. As a state Senator, I sponsored and passed legislation demanded by the federal government under the expressed threat ...
Needed: A COVID “Special Session From Hell”

Needed: A COVID “Special Session From Hell”

Oct 21, 2021 by David Fowler

This week, enough Republican members of the state Senate joined the Republican members of the state House to call for a special legislative session on issues surrounding COVID. For reasons I will explain, I think we need the kind of special session t...
Will the COVID-19 Special Session Be Special Enough?

Will the COVID-19 Special Session Be Special Enough?

Oct 14, 2021 by David Fowler

For all its deleterious effects on individuals’ lives, COVID-19 has had one potential salutary effect: It has prompted citizens to put a much-needed focus on the abuse of powers by our state and federal governments. As a result, a special sessi...
SCOTUS Is Reaping the Illegitimacy Its Illegitimacy Has Sown

SCOTUS Is Reaping the Illegitimacy Its Illegitimacy Has Sown

Oct 8, 2021 by David Fowler

Last Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito decried the media creating the perception that the Court is a “dangerous cabal.” Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Stephen Breyer also recently spoke in defense of the Court ‘s legit...
Redefining Religious Liberty

Redefining Religious Liberty

Sep 30, 2021 by David Fowler

At a recent conference, Christians expressed concern that civil government was increasingly infringing on the right to religious liberty. But it became clear to me that the right will continue to shrink if they don’t change the way they speak a...

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