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


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 . . .


The American voter, a puzzlement
Jim Terry
November 1, 2008

After forty years of active grass roots politics, I am still puzzled why people vote the way they vote. I have considered the current presidential election over . . .


Merci me
Jim Terry
September 11, 2008

Earlier in the summer, the democrat candidate for president made the following statement: "You need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be . . .


May, Memorial Day, and more
Jim Terry
May 26, 2008

A headline in the May 9, 2008 Russian online newspaper, Pravda, declared, "Russia celebrates 63rd anniversary of USSR's victory in World War II." The article . . .


Now, those guys...
Jim Terry
March 10, 2008

James M. Collins represented Texas' Third congressional district from 1969-1983. He was a folksy, traditional Republican who preferred to be called Jim. Collins . . .


The two horns of Craig's dilemma
Jim Terry
September 7, 2007

A couple of Lyndon Johnson's biographers related some of his bathroom habits in their books several years ago. Robert Dalleck, in his book, Lone Star Rising: . . .


Dark legacies
Jim Terry
June 5, 2007

One of Lyndon Johnson's biographers writes about Lyndon as a student at Southwest Texas State Teachers College. According to his classmates, Lyndon would . . .


Demand and supply
Jim Terry
May 28, 2007

Last week I listened to Senator John McCain and President George Bush defend the current comprehensive immigration reform legislation now in the U.S. Senate. . . .


Ignorance of the law is no excuse
Jim Terry
March 14, 2007

While the Texas Legislature considers a bill to make English the official language of the state, a newly elected activist judge in Dallas County has denied an . . .


What were their names?
Jim Terry
October 28, 2006

Last year October 31st fell on Monday. A neighbor noticed my American flag flying and asked me if Halloween had been declared a national holiday. I know how . . .


The taint of amnesty
Jim Terry
September 1, 2006

Although the bill has not yet been filed, on July 25, Texas republican Senator Kay Hutchison and Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence announced they would . . .


Thanks, pal
Jim Terry
July 26, 2006

Questions with complex answers are common. We deal with them every day. And each generation seems to confront what it considers to be new questions in spite of . . .


It's truly gaupulent
Jim Terry
June 20, 2006

My long held opinion that certain things exist which one must attempt to see during a lifetime was cemented by two events in my youth. In 1955, I had an . . .


Four cents and fading
Jim Terry
May 26, 2006

The late Texas Rangers owner Eddie Chiles became famous a few years ago when he said, "I'm mad!" Well, I'm mad, too. I am a Republican. My first vote was in 196 . . .


A hodgepodge of frippery
Jim Terry
May 23, 2006

A long time friend and brilliant writer once used the phrase "a hodgepodge of frippery" to describe a movie he was reviewing for a newspaper. This was in the . . .


Oil, it's how we see it
Jim Terry
April 28, 2006

Everyone is concerned about the current price of oil and its by-product, gasoline. Everyone is concerned about the future price of oil and its by-product, . . .


Ten actions for sovereignty
Jim Terry
February 22, 2006

Immigration, more specifically illegal migration, has entered a new level of discussion in the past year. I don't recall any pre election polls in the 2000 . . .


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