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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.

Does the Word “Damnable” Describe the U.S. Supreme Court Today?

Does the Word “Damnable” Describe the U.S. Supreme Court Today?

Jan 20, 2022 by David Fowler

I do not use the word in my title pejoratively; rather, I believe it is descriptive of the Court’s understanding of law, and it has given rise to legislation that poses the most fundamental worldview question Tennessee’s legislators will ...
Will Tennessee’s Christians Seize the Day or Seize Up?

Will Tennessee’s Christians Seize the Day or Seize Up?

Jan 12, 2022 by David Fowler

Many Christians today seem intent either on preserving the United States or making it great again, depending on how they view its current condition. But what must be preserved or recovered if they are to succeed? The upcoming legislative session will...
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...
My Prediction After State’s Oral Argument Defending Abortion Ban Laws

My Prediction After State’s Oral Argument Defending Abortion Ban Laws

Apr 30, 2021 by David Fowler

Yesterday I listened to the oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit over the correctness of federal District Court Judge William Campbell’s decision to prevent enforcement of Governor Lee’s abortion legi...
Accused of Bearing False Witness? No, But the Process Needs Fixing

Accused of Bearing False Witness? No, But the Process Needs Fixing

Apr 15, 2021 by David Fowler

On Wednesday I was accused by a legislator I like, and who is generally conservative, of being “ungodly” because I “bore false witness” against that legislator’s vote in favor of House Bill 1379. I did not bear false...
Be Afraid of Tennessee’s God-like Republican Legislature, Very Afraid

Be Afraid of Tennessee’s God-like Republican Legislature, Very Afraid

Apr 9, 2021 by David Fowler

A bill coming up next week in the Tennessee legislature should send a strong signal to Christians and conservative, small-government Republicans (e.g., those concerned with COVID mandates) that they have much to be concerned with when it comes to...
Upcoming State Legislation Will Separate the Sheep from the Goats

Upcoming State Legislation Will Separate the Sheep from the Goats

Mar 26, 2021 by David Fowler

In politics, a war takes place every primary election cycle among Republican gubernatorial and legislative candidates over who is the real conservative. In the general election, a more subtle war occurs between those who claim to be Christians...
Tennessee House Subcommittee Shows Representative Government Is on the Ropes

Tennessee House Subcommittee Shows Representative Government Is on the Ropes

Mar 11, 2021 by David Fowler

After the political dust settled on January 6th, a friend asked me, “David, is the Republic lost?” The House Civil Justice Subcommittee’s actions on Tuesday regarding Metro-Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle showed that t...
Removing Chancellor Lyle

Removing Chancellor Lyle

Mar 5, 2021 by David Fowler

One of the most important constitutional issues before the Tennessee General Assembly is House Resolution 23 by Representative Tim Rudd. It calls for the creation of a House and Senate Committee to determine whether Chancellor Ellen Lyle should be ...

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