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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.

What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus would keep his oath to uphold the Constitution. And if a law were constitutional, he would consider whether it was an appropriate exercise of the authority which he ordained for civil government, and whether it crossed over the line into authority…

A Pound of Cure Is Not the Cure

The General Assembly should rescind its previous calls for a national convention to restrain the size of government because of the great uncertainties that surround such a convention. A national convention is a “pound of cure” when the “ounce of…

Positives from the Health Care Bill

By mandating that citizens buy a consumer product—health insurance—or face a penalty, the stage is set for the U.S. Supreme Court to tell us whether the U.S. Government is one of limited, enumerated powers or a national government free to do anything…

Two Americas on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, President Obama's absence in Arlington Cemetery has evoked an insightful observation that is too good not to share. Sometimes other people say things so well and put things in such perspective that it is best just to share it. So,…

No Lack of Resources

Though Tennessee public colleges complain about the lack of state funding, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville apparently has enough that it can fund a Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgendered Resource Center even though it already had an LGBT Advisory…

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

Citizens concerned about attacks on religious liberty cannot depend on school boards to protect the religious liberties of their children, especially when the school board allows more public inquiry and discussion about rugby than it does a far-reaching…

Girls Gone Wild Teaches Valuable Lesson

Withdrawal of a “social agenda” bill by legislators at the first sign of objection by big business should teach those of us who care about these issues that we must make sure our voice is heard. Many of us have seen the brazen advertisements on…

Is the Death Penalty for Homosexuality not Newsworthy?

That a chaplain for Muslim students at Vanderbilt can publicly say that he accepts the Islamic teaching that homosexuals should be put to death is un-newsworthy compared to some vandal spray-painting “Muslims go home” on the wall of a mosque shows…

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…