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 Link in Principle Between Mask Mandates and Roe v. Wade

The Link in Principle Between Mask Mandates and Roe v. Wade

Jan 28, 2021 by David Fowler

I have often quoted Alexis de Tocqueville’s statement that “if lights that guide us ever go out, they will fade little by little, as if of their own accord” and that “[c]onfining ourselves to practice, we may lose sight of b...
Is the Apparent March Toward Socialism Inevitable?

Is the Apparent March Toward Socialism Inevitable?

Jan 22, 2021 by David Fowler

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul said of President Biden, “I think most importantly, what we have to hear is that he’s not going to radically transform the country into some sort of socialist dystopia.” I submit that years ago...
The Unity I Observed over the Last Week and What It Means

The Unity I Observed over the Last Week and What It Means

Jan 14, 2021 by David Fowler

Over the last week, I have observed one remarkable sign of unity in our nation. Virtually all sides—Republicans and Democrats, Christians and non-Christians, “secular leaders” and “Christian” leaders/ministers—have...
Well, What Do We Do Now

Well, What Do We Do Now

Jan 6, 2021 by David Fowler

After the electoral events of Tuesday and Wednesday, multiple thoughts ran through my mind. I scoured the news, praying that I might be given something insightful to say that has not already been said. Whether my prayer was answered, you can judge, b...
How I came to see the Christmas Story in a Whole New Glorious Light

How I came to see the Christmas Story in a Whole New Glorious Light

Dec 23, 2020 by David Fowler

Sometimes stories become so familiar that we can only see in them what we have always seen. About three years ago, my life and view of the world changed when I saw something I had never seen before in the story the Bible tells. Now, though, I see it ...
Will the New Year Bring Anything New?

Will the New Year Bring Anything New?

Dec 23, 2020 by David Fowler

As I head into the new year, a friend’s response to one of my recent post-election commentaries weighs on me. My friend asked, “David, is the republic lost? What can we do?” Sentiments like this have been expressed to me before, but...
Was There a Supreme (Court) Abdication of Constitutional Duty in Texas “Elector Clause” Lawsuit?

Was There a Supreme (Court) Abdication of Constitutional Duty in Texas “Elector Clause” Lawsuit?

Dec 17, 2020 by David Fowler

I have searched high and low for legal arguments from lawyers explaining why the substance of Texas’ claim regarding the presidential electors clause in the U.S. Constitution was, in the words of many, baseless, absurd, and other like words. I ...
Will Texas’ Election Lawsuit Provide Chief Justice Roberts the Comeuppance His Lawlessness Deserves?

Will Texas’ Election Lawsuit Provide Chief Justice Roberts the Comeuppance His Lawlessness Deserves?

Dec 11, 2020 by David Fowler

Late Monday, Texas’ Attorney General filed a Motion with the United States Supreme Court asking it to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit the state wants to file against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Last week I said Chief Justic...
Chief Justice Roberts, Stop Ducking And Do Your Job

Chief Justice Roberts, Stop Ducking And Do Your Job

Dec 3, 2020 by David Fowler

Chief Justice John Roberts has gotten on my last nerve. After violating his oath of office this summer to avoid controversy in a high-profile abortion case, he ducked out on another high-profile social issue type case last week. This one involved the...
A Thanksgiving Proclamation

A Thanksgiving Proclamation

Nov 27, 2020 by David Fowler

As I think about the Thanksgiving holiday just celebrated, I can think of no greater thoughts about it in relation to our civic life than those that were penned during the American Revolutionary War by the Continental Congress in 1777. They mark...

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