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.

Are ‘We’ Ready to Pass William Barr’s Test?

Are ‘We’ Ready to Pass William Barr’s Test?

Oct 18, 2019 by David Fowler

William Barr, attorney general for the United States, gave a brilliant, insightful speech last week at the University of Notre Dame. My attention was captured by this statement, because of one I’d read earlier this week by a politician I admire...
What I Gleaned From the Governor’s Call to Prayer and Fasting

What I Gleaned From the Governor’s Call to Prayer and Fasting

Oct 11, 2019 by David Fowler

Earlier this week Governor Lee issued a proclamation for October 10th urging citizens to engage in a day of prayer and fasting. A big event relative to the proclamation was scheduled for the large civic auditorium in Nashville. Some greeted it with e...
The Severity of America’s Identity Crisis Heartbreak

The Severity of America’s Identity Crisis Heartbreak

Oct 4, 2019 by David Fowler

In several different ways, my heart broke yesterday when I read that between 2013 and June 2019, the Food and Drug Administration had recorded 6,379 deaths and 25,645 “serious” reactions in patients who took the hormone blocker Lupron. It...
Abortion Trial Over TN Law Shows Why Roe v. Wade Hasn't Been Overturned

Abortion Trial Over TN Law Shows Why Roe v. Wade Hasn't Been Overturned

Sep 27, 2019 by David Fowler

This week, a federal district court judge began listening to testimony in regard to a lawsuit brought by various abortion clinics in Tennessee against a state law that requires a 48-hour waiting period between a woman’s first appointment with a...
Word Games and Babbling Fools

Word Games and Babbling Fools

Sep 20, 2019 by David Fowler

Noah Webster, author of perhaps America’s most well-known dictionary, is probably rolling in his grave. On Tuesday, the dictionary that bears his name released its latest update containing 533 new words and meanings. One of the changes would be...
Is Banning Gay Conversion Therapy the Right Thing to Do?

Is Banning Gay Conversion Therapy the Right Thing to Do?

Sep 13, 2019 by David Fowler

Last week, McKrae Game, the former leader of one of the nation’s largest and oldest Christian conversion therapy ministries, came out as gay. In recent years, more than a dozen American states have banned gay conversion therapy. Should Christia...
The Brainwashing That Is Undermining Representative Government

The Brainwashing That Is Undermining Representative Government

Sep 6, 2019 by David Fowler

The reason good people who are pro-life in principle will, in their capacity as lawyers, acquiesce to Roe v. Wade is, in my opinion, part of the brainwashing that takes place in law school. That brainwashing is also showing up in another lawsuit he...
The Party of Lincoln (in TN) Acted Like It on Saturday

The Party of Lincoln (in TN) Acted Like It on Saturday

Aug 30, 2019 by David Fowler

We are in a period of American history eerily similar to the one faced by President Abraham Lincoln when he was first elected. Lincoln said what needed to be said about the U.S. Supreme Court, and this past Saturday, the executive committee of the Te...
The Fundamental Abortion Question Isn’t What You Think

The Fundamental Abortion Question Isn’t What You Think

Aug 23, 2019 by David Fowler

I have listened again to all the legal testimony presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee in connection with the overhauled version of the “heartbeat” bill. There is a sense in which the fundamental issue isn’t whether one believ...
The Elephant in the (Abortion Hearing) Room

The Elephant in the (Abortion Hearing) Room

Aug 16, 2019 by David Fowler

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s two-day hearings were the best and most significant hearings I’ve been part of in my more than twenty-five years in state politics. Many statements from pro-life and pro-choice witnesses against the bill d...

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