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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, who served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President.

How to Chain Down Liberal Judges

When asked how the Supreme Court should view precedent, Justice Thomas said, “The ultimate precedent is the Constitution,” and “not what we say it is,” but “what it actually says.” Only this understanding will counter the “living constitution”…

Teaching Colleges a Lesson

When a pro-life student group at MTSU got hit with a fee other students groups have not been required to pay, the Alliance Defense Fund stepped in, and the University retreated. Perhaps that will send a message to other universities in Tennessee: Don’t…

Ben Nelson ‘Politics’ Not Welcome in Tennessee

It is a good thing to try to put a stop to politicians “selling” their vote for something they otherwise wouldn’t support in exchange for a benefit for their constituents that sticks it to everyone. That some don’t think so shows how far American…

The Times, They Are A-Changin'

While some legislators seem so aligned with the Tennessee Education Association that they never seem to question the Association’s position, the Senate Education Committee is giving a regular voice to other teachers for the first time in history. Last…

Will Last Tuesday’s Election Really Matter?

The election of Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts shows that citizens can buck the political establishment. Now the question is will those who don’t like the direction of things in Tennessee get engaged, and will our state’s politicians…

The People v. Senate Education Committee

Far too often the entrenched political machinery of the Tennessee Education Association teachers' union is given more clout and more voice by some legislators than is given to the parents with children in the worst schools. The Scott Brown election…

A Pastor’s Perspective: Why God Is Pro-Life

Life is a precious gift from God, and the taking of an innocent life, whether in the womb or born alive, is murder against which the Church must take a stand, both to defend life and offer grace to those who have been scarred by it. This month marks…

Aftershocks from the Supreme Court Earthquake

The Supreme Court’s ruling that Congress’ prohibition against corporate contributions violates the free speech rights of those corporations may mean that the chains the IRS has placed on the First Amendment free speech and freedom of religion rights…

Will Unrepentant Republicans Get Invited to TEA?

Washington Republicans owe liberty-loving, fiscally conservative Americans a huge public apology for their complicity in the national health care debacle because their fiscal irresponsibility undoubtedly contributed to the desperation for “change”…

Will Education Session be ‘Special’?

Whether the legislature comes up with a teacher evaluation process that qualifies the state for extra federal funds or not, the special session will indeed be “special” if there is also some reform in teacher tenure. Reforming tenure will improve…

Religious Freedom Sunday in Tennessee: January 10, 2010

The words “separation of church and state” appear nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or U.S. Constitution. So what does this oft-quoted phrase mean, and where does it come from? An important day for Americans is just around the corner:…