Commentary

Welcome to the Tennessee Lookout

BY: - May 6, 2020

Hello, Tennessee. In a quote often misattributed to German statesman Otto von Bismarck, the American poet and politician John Godfrey Saxe said in 1869, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” That’s a fancy way of saying if we understand the way government works, we might […]

Michele Johnson, Executive Director of the Tennessee Justice Center

In the unforgiving light of the pandemic

BY: - May 6, 2020

As an implacable force of nature that is utterly immune to political spin and ideological cant, the coronavirus is shining a harsh light on Tennessee. The pandemic highlights our collective vulnerabilities and, especially, the folly of a politics guided by ideology rather than facts. With the stern authority of reality and the deadly seriousness of […]