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.

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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
An Epic Christian ‘Fail’- Have Christian Leaders Been Asking the Right Question?

An Epic Christian ‘Fail’- Have Christian Leaders Been Asking the Right Question?

Sep 24, 2021 by David Fowler

The other week a preacher called to ask me a question. I emailed an answer and then emailed again to tell him to disregard it. My answer reminded me of a gathering a few years ago following a terrible decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. I realized I ...
Barrett, Breyer, and Baloney: SCOTUS, Court Packing, and Roe v. Wade

Barrett, Breyer, and Baloney: SCOTUS, Court Packing, and Roe v. Wade

Sep 17, 2021 by David Fowler

“Barrett, Breyer, and Baloney” is not the name of a law firm that practices before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rather it is a description of my reaction to comments made this week by two Justices—one liberal, the other conservative (per...
Key Overlooked Principle in SCOTUS’ Ruling on Texas Abortion Law

Key Overlooked Principle in SCOTUS’ Ruling on Texas Abortion Law

Sep 10, 2021 by David Fowler

After further review and counsel, it seems the primary purpose of Texas’ new abortion law is to prevent abortions until the U.S. Supreme Court can decide, come next June, whether to affirm, reverse, or modify its abortion jurisprudence of the l...
What the SCOTUS Decision on the Texas Abortion Law Means

What the SCOTUS Decision on the Texas Abortion Law Means

Sep 3, 2021 by David Fowler

Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin once told me, “Political victories are perfectly compatible with losing the culture,” and he is right. The decision by the Fifth Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court not to grant an emergency stay that would have ...

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