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.

Growing Threats to Civil Liberty Have a Silver Lining

Growing Threats to Civil Liberty Have a Silver Lining

Jul 17, 2020 by David Fowler

I think I’ve found a silver lining for those who are frustrated with the governor’s Executive Orders on COVID and the two most recent court defeats on abortion—the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Louisiana’s abortion la...
Will Tennessee’s Representatives Restore Representative Government to Tennessee?

Will Tennessee’s Representatives Restore Representative Government to Tennessee?

Jul 10, 2020 by David Fowler

When Governor Lee’s COVID-19 Executive Order first ordered certain businesses to close, I looked up the law on which he relied and saw it passed while I was still in the state Senate. My heart sank on the assumption I probably voted for it. How...
What SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Means for TN’s New Abortion Law

What SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Means for TN’s New Abortion Law

Jul 3, 2020 by David Fowler

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued its latest travesty, this time a judgment holding unconstitutional an abortion-related law in Louisiana. But no one should be surprised that the Court failed to use the case to overrule Roe v. Wade. E...
Why Do We Have Monuments of Famous People? How to Really Tear Them Down

Why Do We Have Monuments of Famous People? How to Really Tear Them Down

Jun 26, 2020 by David Fowler

As a child I played on the Civil War monuments, markers, and memorabilia on the grounds of Missionary Ridge Elementary School. I never gave much thought to what they symbolized other than the war itself. It was recess, and I was just playing. I do kn...
Getting Perspective On Another Bad Supreme Court Decision

Getting Perspective On Another Bad Supreme Court Decision

Jun 19, 2020 by David Fowler

Getting Perspective on Another Bad Supreme Court Decision   Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued a judgment based upon the word “sex” in Title VII, the federal law prohibiting workplace discrimination, having a meaning ...
Taking A Right Approach to the Problem of Racism

Taking A Right Approach to the Problem of Racism

Jun 12, 2020 by David Fowler

I’ve read with great interest the comments about and solutions to racism that have been coming from our nation’s policy leaders—politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and athletes. I personally have not found one yet who I believe even...
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount Makes Today’s Rioters Look Amateurish

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount Makes Today’s Rioters Look Amateurish

Jun 4, 2020 by David Fowler

This week I read in the mainstream media a column by a popular, evangelical minister setting forth his solution to racism and the on-going rioting. It sounded great. I would have agreed with it in the past. But I now find his diagnosis incomplete and...
Abortion Legislation Has Exposed What I Most Treasure

Abortion Legislation Has Exposed What I Most Treasure

May 29, 2020 by David Fowler

Wednesday was one of my most unpleasant legislative experiences in 25 years, because I was compelled to speak critically of a pro-life bill proposed, sponsored, and supported by people I like and respect and whose pro-life convictions I would never q...
The Tennessee Legislature Reconvenes with Primaries Looming Ahead

The Tennessee Legislature Reconvenes with Primaries Looming Ahead

May 22, 2020 by David Fowler

The Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes June 1, and it is still up in the air as to how much regular business it will conduct. I suspect it will be rather short, because primary season will be around the corner. But I have come to believe that perh...
Alice in Wonderland Meets Judge Humpty Dumpty in ‘Transgender’ Lawsuit

Alice in Wonderland Meets Judge Humpty Dumpty in ‘Transgender’ Lawsuit

May 15, 2020 by David Fowler

A good friend of mine is knee-deep in a lawsuit over “transgenderism” in high school sports. As I read what the judge in that case told the lawyers representing the biological female plaintiffs concerning the words they must use, I felt l...

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