August 6, 2021
Governor Bill Lee signs controversial executive order

On August 6, 2021, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed controversial executive order number eighty-three,[1] which pertained to the state’s response to the China virus pandemic. What ensued was a storm of controversy concerning the freedom of Tennessee residences. Among those who attempted to bring some clarity to the issue was David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT). Mr. Fowler is a lawyer, former Tennessee senator and deeply dedicated Christian.[2]

During the financial crisis of 2008, Rahm Emanuel said, “Never let a crisis go to waste”, on ABC’s This Week.[3] In 2020, while discussing the China virus pandemic, he repeated the expression. Liberals, Marxists, and other Leftists have sought to comply with Emanuel’s exhortation to opportunism. Under the guise of the common good, these subversive forces elevate collectivism or statism at the expense of individual liberty. America’s Founding Fathers rejected such footholds for tyranny and insisted that the public good was best served by ensuring personal freedoms.

In his video, Mr. Fowler confronts a very important issue. He suggests that an accurate interpretation of the United States Constitution is not possible without a knowledge of the common law that was part of the English legal tradition. This tradition, he insists, was foundational to a proper understanding of personal rights as advocated by America’s Founding Fathers. At a time when personal rights are being dissolved in the alleged interest of the common good, Mr. Fowler reminds us that such efforts must be resisted. He has produced three videos on the issue, the second of which is featured on this page:

The Truth About EO 83

The Root Governmental Problem

A Christian Perspective on Real World Issues

You may view the second video discussing personal freedom in common law by clicking the image at the top of this article.


[1]Executive Order by the Governor No. 83, August 6, 2021 (https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee83.pdf).

[2]Family Action Council of Tennessee (https://www.factennessee.org/about/staff).

[3]Emma Colton, “Rahm Emanuel reprises ‘never let a crisis go to waste’ catchphrase amid coronavirus pandemic,” Washington Examiner, March 24, 2020 (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/rahm-emanuel-reprises-never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste-catchphrase-amid-coronavirus-pandemic).