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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.

Parental Rights and School Mask Mandates: It Is Worse Than You Think

Parental Rights and School Mask Mandates: It Is Worse Than You Think

Aug 26, 2021 by David Fowler

This is my last commentary on COVID-related issues, at least for a while, and parents who are frustrated with public K-12 schools and mask mandates do not really know how bad things are regarding parental rights. For the following reasons you have no...
My Open Letter to the Governor and General Assembly on COVID

My Open Letter to the Governor and General Assembly on COVID

Aug 20, 2021 by David Fowler

When in a state of crisis, one must be able to retreat to and reflect on fundamental principles to develop workable solutions. I believe Governor Lee’s Executive Order 83 and his more recent one about mask mandates in schools have given us an e...
Vaccine Mandates and Religious Liberty

Vaccine Mandates and Religious Liberty

Aug 12, 2021 by David Fowler

With a flap last week over vaccine mandates being imposed on employees of certain state and local government agencies here in Tennessee and perhaps a nationwide mandate on all persons, I couldn’t help but think of what President Obama’s C...
Vaccination Mandates: Holding Onto the Political Truths We’ve Learned

Vaccination Mandates: Holding Onto the Political Truths We’ve Learned

Aug 6, 2021 by David Fowler

Kevin DeYoung once wrote, “The only thing more difficult than finding the truth is not losing it.” While he was speaking of theological truths, his statement is universal in its application, and it relates to a letter signed last week by ...
Vaccines and Religious Liberty: How Might Christians Approach the Issue?

Vaccines and Religious Liberty: How Might Christians Approach the Issue?

Apr 22, 2021 by David Fowler

I’ve had a few people ask me recently why our website does not list any COVID-related bills, including those about vaccines, under the “religious liberty” heading on our website’s legislative bill tracking page. There is a...
Unmasking the COVID Mask Legislation—Look Before You Leap.

Unmasking the COVID Mask Legislation—Look Before You Leap.

Feb 26, 2021 by David Fowler

Because of my political history and legal background, I have been asked a number of questions about COVID-related legislation and, in particular, mask requirements. I am concerned that citizens may urge their legislators to take actions on masks th...
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...
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...
The ‘Well-Being Check Up’ Tennessee Needs

The ‘Well-Being Check Up’ Tennessee Needs

Aug 21, 2020 by David Fowler

Last week, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education released a child well-being toolkit that government officials were to use to “ensur[e] that the needs of Tennessee children are met during and after extended periods away from school.&rdquo...
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...

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