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 tr4guy62@yahoo.com

Chaos and complexity: That’s how politicians control us
Jim Terry
April 9, 2024

The two worst times of the year for most Americans are the day they receive their property appraisal notices for taxation purposes and April 15, when income tax . . .

A favor, unintended consequences, or just politics?
Jim Terry
October 18, 2023

The hot news item in early August 2023 was that consumer credit card (CC) debt in the United States had reached an all time record high of $1.03 trillion. This . . .

Dad gum gov’mint
Jim Terry
September 15, 2023

In 1985, a musical version of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn opened on Broadway. The music and lyrics were written by country musician Roger Miller. The work . . .

Texas’ property tax: A scam
Jim Terry
August 11, 2022

Texas homeowners have received the bad news from their appraisal districts; the appraisal review boards are overwhelmed for another year; and the issue of Texas . . .

Time for Texas to repeal the property tax
Jim Terry
January 20, 2022

MY OPINION After a regular session and three special sessions of the Texas State Legislature in 2021, I am greatly disappointed in the lack of urgency by the . . .

Hackery at high levels
Jim Terry
December 2, 2021

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case revolving around a law the . . .

Expansion of central government, one small step at a time
Jim Terry
October 10, 2021

During the 1980s, sixty-one people were killed and 186 were injured in school shootings. Schoolhouse violence didn’t begin in the 1980s. In 1840, in . . .

Forget the contradiction...then forget you forgot
Jim Terry
June 18, 2021

I recently had a discussion with a woman, a liberal Democrat, who said she believes a woman should be able to control her body. The discussion was about . . .

Undeserved credit
Jim Terry
May 11, 2021

In 2013, the world learned that the Obama/Biden Administration had been using the Internal Revenue Service to punish conservative organizations applying for tax . . .

The usual, please
Jim Terry
April 4, 2021

You probably remember scenes in old movies where the big man in town enters a restaurant or nightclub and tells the waiter, “I’ll have the usual.” Because . . .

America’s new “peculiar institution”
Jim Terry
March 5, 2021

Open Doors USA is an organization which monitors Christian persecution around the world and advocates for believers in Jesus the Christ who are under . . .

Another grandfather
Jim Terry
March 2, 2021

From 1950 to 1957, Texas suffered what many have called the grandfather of all droughts. It was the worst drought in Texas recorded history. A joke at the time . . .

What would we do without them?
Jim Terry
February 4, 2021

While Democrats decry law enforcement and push for more de-funding of police departments, last night, my neighborhood learned how necessary these people are.  . . .

I owe Mrs. Charley Pride an apology
Jim Terry
January 17, 2021

In 1918, Miguel Martinez, an immigrant who fled Mexico during the revolution, opened a restaurant in Dallas. He named it El Fenix, after the mythical Phoenix. . . .

Justice that cannot sleep, Part II
Jim Terry
January 14, 2021

Virtue, morality, religion – characteristics acclaimed by three of our founding fathers as necessaryfor the success of the nation they helped found. Could . . .

Part I: Justice that cannot sleep
Jim Terry
January 11, 2021

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are . . .

Am I old, or what?
Jim Terry
October 6, 2020

“How old would you be if you don’t know how old you are?”— Satchel Paige I ran across a post on Facebook the other day which read:  . . .

A piece of history
Jim Terry
September 9, 2020

The Morris chair was an early style of reclining chair and first sold by Morris & Company, a British firm, in the late 1860s. The chairs, with backs that . . .

An unfinished journey
Jim Terry
July 26, 2020

In 1833, Thomas Drummond, a naturalist from Scotland, came to Texas to catalogue native plants. Among the many plants he discovered was the Malvaviscus arboreus . . .

The world of smoke and mirrors
Jim Terry
March 23, 2020

In an attempt to salvage the economy which has been bashed by the Saudi Arabia oil war with Russia, compounded by the China generated Coronavirus pandemic, . . .

Those pictures in my mind
Jim Terry
March 4, 2020

My grandmother's photograph album contains a snapshot made around 1945. Six youngsters pose on a sawhorse in order from youngest, that is I, to oldest, a cousin . . .

Of strings and things
Jim Terry
December 23, 2019

Wired Magazine is a publication which focuses on technology and how it affects us. Several years ago, Jonathan Liu offered a piece in the publication titled  . . .

The stumbling block
Jim Terry
January 5, 2019

The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them. – Lenny Bruce Former congressman and House Majority Leader Dick Armey . . .

Never ending holocaust
Jim Terry
November 26, 2018

A few days ago I visited Yad Vashem, which in Hebrew means "a monument and a name," The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem. It is a sobering . . .

A teachable moment
Jim Terry
October 12, 2018

I'm a member of the Silent Generation. That is the one immediately preceding the Boomers. I came along near the end of the Silent Generation, after the United . . .

How far?
Jim Terry
September 22, 2018

According to the center for Immigration Studies, as of May 30, 2018, seven states, and 167 cities and counties have declared themselves sanctuaries for purposes . . .

The credibility of political hacks
Jim Terry
July 24, 2018

James Clapper is offended that President Trump has threatened to remove Clapper's security clearance. John Brennan said President Trump committed treason in his . . .

Cheesecloth and egg whites
Jim Terry
June 6, 2018

My daughter recently asked me if I had any cheesecloth. I thought for a moment and said I believed I had some and asked her why she wanted to know. She told me . . .

Of pencil pointers and guns
Jim Terry
June 1, 2018

In 1957 I was in the eighth grade. The teacher of our mechanical drawing class announced midway through class one day that a small nut was missing from the . . .

What we need is an amendment
Jim Terry
March 8, 2018

With politics thick in the air this year and mid-term elections coming up, many people have talked about the need for term limits for members of Congress. This . . .

Turkey Tetrazzini and history
Jim Terry
November 27, 2017

Several years ago, while in New York City, my wife and I went to an off-Broadway theater to see a musical which took us back to our youth. The show, The Million . . .

The egregious cousin
Jim Terry
October 25, 2017

I recently fired off this letter to my congressthing and my two senatorthings. Probably not a good choice of words. OK. I recently mailed off this letter to my . . .

The hallmark of Democrats
Jim Terry
September 10, 2017

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, recently said that Confederate monuments are propaganda. If that is the case, they are propaganda of the supporters of . . .

Nothing new under the sun
Jim Terry
July 26, 2017

The Democratic Party. The party of: slavery, racism, hatred, the Ku Klux Klan, anger, tyranny, rebellion, socialism, progressivism, communist sympathizers, God . . .

Fool me once, fool me twice
Jim Terry
May 8, 2017

If you find yourself with nothing to do and you have a strong constitution, go to the Social Security Administration website and read the debates on Social . . .

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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