Jim Terry column
Jim Terry has worked in Republican grassroots politics for 40 years. Terry was an administrative assistant to a Republican elected official in Dallas for twenty years. In 1996, he ran for and was elected to Justice Court 2 in Dallas County where he served eight years. Contact Jim at tr4guy@flash.net


Happiness or freedom
Jim Terry
October 11, 2016

The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better. – George Orwell, 1984 Donald . . .


The magnitude
Jim Terry
October 9, 2016

My wife and I visited Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2001. It was not my first visit. In 1972 and 1980, I was there on political business, which didn't leave . . .


The irrelevant news media--Part II
Jim Terry
September 14, 2016

Liberal bias and false reporting of news has had a negative effect on America's news industry. The number of newspapers in America has declined; newspapers have . . .


The irrelevant news media--Part I
Jim Terry
August 29, 2016

In early August, Americans were reminded what Chris Cuomo of CNN said in 2014. Several internet sites ran the video clip of Cuomo telling viewers how the media . . .


More Democrat hackery
Jim Terry
August 12, 2016

During its 108 year history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been looked up to by most Americans-most law abiding Americans. Just as he has . . .


Who are they?
Jim Terry
July 31, 2016

Last week at the Republican National Convention, three speakers described how they had lost loved ones at the hands of illegal aliens. And, all three speakers . . .


Government in action and government inaction
Jim Terry
October 20, 2015

Two news items the past week brought to mind how our government works for us. Or, doesn't work for us. First, the Social Security Administration announced . . .


Precious memories--Part II--unseen angels
Jim Terry
June 18, 2015

We left Charlotte and headed west to Texas. On our way my wife indulged me a desire I have had for many years to see the little town of Dayton, Tennessee.  . . .


Precious memories -- Part 1
Jim Terry
May 30, 2015

One of my favorite hymns is the old southern gospel "Precious Memories." That seemed to be the theme of a road trip my wife and I returned from a few days ago . . .


Blind faith
Jim Terry
October 30, 2013

I once posed the following question to a group of Christians during a discussion on tithing: How can you believe that God can forgive your sins and save you . . .


All they could do?
Jim Terry
October 21, 2013

Every Texan knows, and most Americans know the story of a small group of heroes who waged a battle on principle. These principled men did everything they could . . .


Hypocrisy, lies or something else
Jim Terry
September 18, 2013

Seems like every time the president speaks the veracity of his pronouncements are called into question. A recent example of the president's actions straying . . .


Ram it, cram it, jam it
Jim Terry
July 14, 2013

When I was a young man searching for political direction, an older fellow, a co-worker and lifelong Democrat, explained the difference in the two major . . .


Death and taxes and other certainties
Jim Terry
June 26, 2013

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Sorry Ben, there are other things in this world . . .


Who are we?
Jim Terry
June 20, 2013

The flood of radio propaganda sponsored by a group calling itself Americans for a Conservative Direction (ACD) brings to mind the Emerson quote, "The louder he . . .


Soft as mashed potatoes
Jim Terry
April 26, 2013

Suppose Senator Marco Rubio came home after a busy month in Washington to find some strangers in his home. Suppose the strangers were poor, homeless family . . .


Obtuse, but not too stupid
Jim Terry
April 17, 2013

The Washington Examiner recently reported that Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is now bellyaching about his and the Democrats' Commucare, supposed health care . . .


Alinsky's rule number three
Jim Terry
March 1, 2013

Several years ago a North Texas sheriff appeared before the commissioners court of his county to ask for increased funds in his budget to hire more patrol . . .


And life goes on
Jim Terry
December 18, 2012

The end of the year has finally come, and not too soon. For years I have sent out a family newsletter to our friends at Christmas. This year, I have no good . . .


Too much candy
Jim Terry
October 20, 2012

The second presidential debate is behind us, and, as we knew would happen, the mainstream media has proclaimed the incumbent president the winner. When you . . .


He made my day
Jim Terry
September 2, 2012

Clint Eastwood was a surprise speaker at the Republican National convention Thursday night. What's more, Clint's talk was a surprise as he interviewed President . . .


Sobering news, undetected news
Jim Terry
August 18, 2012

I have been at the Texas Gulf Coast for a few days with the family, relaxing on the beach and stuffing myself with shrimp. While I have been a mountain lover . . .


Affirmed: he lied
Jim Terry
June 29, 2012

I don't know whether to be angry with Justice Roberts, as are many conservatives, after his vote with the liberal justices on the Supreme Court declaring . . .


How government fixes things
Jim Terry
December 29, 2011

You will often hear politicians running for U.S. Congress or president say, "The system is broken and we need to fix it." We heard that from candidate Obama and . . .


America's symbolic tax
Jim Terry
October 25, 2011

In the political rhetoric now being spit out by the candidates for president, one topic is receiving little discussion. One of the most egregious laws, and . . .


Texas under attack
Jim Terry
September 28, 2011

I am not a Rick Perry apologist. I don't believe he will be in the running by year's end. But he doesn't seem to be able to handle the question raised about . . .


Mr. Buffet's dilemma, not enough taxes?
Jim Terry
September 14, 2011

The president, in his jobs speech the other night, cited Warren Buffett's article last month in the New York Times urging the government to extract more taxes . . .


The cost of obesity
Jim Terry
September 8, 2011

A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University in New York and Oxford University in England was released a few days ago. The report said that by 2030 . . .


The party's over....what next?
Jim Terry
June 17, 2011

I attended the fifty year reunion of my graduation from Dallas South Oak Cliff High School over the weekend. It was a two day event with a reception Friday . . .


Virtual representation
Jim Terry
February 23, 2011

What goes around comes around. Somewhere along the way in America's experiment with democracy, has the U.S. Congress begun to act like the British Parliament of . . .


Assault by any other name
Jim Terry
November 21, 2010

A couple of years ago my son-in-law recommended a procedure for airline security. As a passenger enters the secure area before boarding a flight, he or she must . . .


A consequence...
Jim Terry
October 9, 2010

Lindsey Graham, the faux Republican senator from South Carolina, justified his vote to confirm political activist and non judicial experienced Elana Kagan to . . .


All aboooaard.....
Jim Terry
September 16, 2010

I thought it ironic that I received a telephone solicitation from the National Republican Senatorial Committee ( NRSC) the very night Tea Party supported . . .


Corning and home
Jim Terry
July 27, 2010

(Last in a series about a two-week road trip across America) Before wrapping up our visit to Watkins Glen we drove twenty miles south to Corning, New York to . . .


Cinco de what?
Jim Terry
June 26, 2010

Schuyler County, New York is a beautiful area of the state. Watkins Glen, our ultimate destination and the county seat, sits at the south end of Seneca Lake, . . .


Whoa there, Texans!
Jim Terry
June 15, 2010

We crossed into Indiana and passed through Gary. The town was founded in the early twentieth century by United States Steel and has produced a number of notable . . .


The value of Texas
Jim Terry
June 4, 2010

As I left home on this two week road trip, I grabbed a cap from my collection. It was my University of Texas 2005 National Championship cap. I wear it . . .


The Arch and a bureaucrat
Jim Terry
May 27, 2010

The muddy Mississippi waters swirled beneath us. Grass, twigs and other debris zoomed past on a swift current southbound. Tree limbs whirled in eddies while . . .


We hit the road
Jim Terry
May 21, 2010

Traveling with a three-year-old kid is much different today than it was when my children were that age. Today, children are confined in car seats; they don't . . .


He was right, for once
Jim Terry
May 11, 2010

A few days ago I returned from an almost two week road trip across the United States. It was not a Travels With Charley voyage, but I observed several things . . .


Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? It depends on the definition of Peace
Jim Terry
October 13, 2009

I have listened to conservative radio broadcasters mock President Obama's Nobel prize for several days and read editorials in some papers decrying the award. I . . .


A preponderance or reasonable doubt?
Jim Terry
July 21, 2009

"In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker." Plutarch Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee missed an . . .


Obama's, you know, eloquence
Jim Terry
November 4, 2008

More than a year ago, Senator Joe Biden described his future running mate, Senator Barack Obama, "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is . . .


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