"There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious
beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than
Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme
being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's
behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are
growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with
wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following
their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups
on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a
loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the
political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if
I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.'
Just who do they think they are?
And from where do they presume to
the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even
more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every
religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my
vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today:
I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their
moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.' "
--Senator Barry Goldwater, 1981
I’m Jim Terr. I’ve been a proud Republican all my life. Just like I’ve been a proud resident of Arizona all my life.
Terr – pronounced as in “termite.” The meaning and ethnic origin is unknown. But of course we in Arizona don’t care about that. We care about a person’s inner worth, their willingness to play hard and work by the rules. I mean work hard and play by the rules. Inner worth, I’ve got a lot of that.
When my parents or maybe it was my grandparents, came here, this was just a dusty desert filled with a few cactus and a few so-called Native Americans. They built this up to the thriving, sprawling water-sucking paradise that it is today, where people of all kinds live together in peace and harmony.
I have that same vision for America. Won’t you join me? This is a people’s campaign. In fact I don’t even want to run. But people from all over America said “Mitt, will you run?” (Somehow his e-mail account was diverted to mine for about 36 hours, but it got me to thinking…)
Of course I should run. America needs me. I’ve got nothing better to do between now and November. Maybe I’ll win. I know I can count on the support of the little people. In fact, I’m not going to accept contributions of anything greater than $25,000 per individual or family or corporation. Actual campaign contribution limits may even smaller than that. So you see, this is about you, about taking America back.
Back from the Obamas, from the Lockheeds, from the Wall Streets, from the Bushes, the Rockefellers, the Illuminati and the Bilderbergs. Let’s return it to the Garcias, the Terrs, the Joneses. (Are there any Joneses anymore?) The Washingtons, the Lincolns, the Jeffersons. Where ARE the Washingtons, the Lincolns, the Jeffersons, today? I’ll tell you where, they’re all playing professional basketball. That’s an old joke I’ve always loved.
This campaign isn’t about being politically correct, so you’d better get used to it. It’s not about appealing to the most far-right, ignorant, fundamentalist xenophobes in Iowa, in order to win a caucus and show how far-right, ignorant, fundamentalist and xenophobic I am. It’s about appealing to the most far-right, ignorant, fundamentalist xenophobes in the great state of Arizona, because I know we represent the best America has to offer; we embody a vision of what America can be again.
Those who say America was never meant to be a Christian country, I say let them prove it. Where are the documents? Where is the birth certificate of this so-called Thomas Jefferson, this so-called George Washington? I think a lot of Americans need to just shut up and let nature take its course. Let me run this place. Give Jim Terr a chance to steal from you!
If nominated I will not run, and if elected I will not serve. That is my solemn promise to you. I will issue shriveling indictments of any candidate or incumbent – for any office – who does not reject and eschew our current rotten system of private – and now, unlimited and secret corporate – contributions to election campaigns. I could make many more specific promises but we all know they are forgotten when you get in that presidential hot seat, so who are we kidding? I promise to do my best, and consult with my trusted circle of Wall Street advisers at every critical juncture.
In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing more about myself, and my vision of an America returned to its rightful owners. The corporations. That’s who knows how to run America like a business. Which is what our Founders intended. Of course corporations are human. It’s people I wonder about.
Together, we can work together for a better America. At least for me. Won’t you join me? Together we can take America back. Way back. God bless us all in this mighty endeavor.
As God is my witness. Jim Terr Anno domini 2012, January 3.
Our campaign train steamroller MEDIA DRUMBEATcatches afire! JT campaign in the NEWS
Jon Huntsman, a former Utah governor, is the only major Republican contender
to fail to make Arizona's ballot. His campaign has vowed to challenge the
decision of the Secretary of State's Office to reject his nomination form because it did not
include a properly notarized original signature of the candidate.
The office also has certified six candidates to appear on the ballot of the Green Party,
the only other recognized political party taking part in the presidential primary.
"Let's bring back those good old days, when the family was
miserable and repressed,
and Dad was oblivious and on top of the world."
Here's a ticket I could live with, if necessary:
Feature film to include footage from campaign trail!
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JIM TERR FOR PRESIDENT Santa Fe Entertainer Backs Campaign With Film Project
Jim Terr – arguably New Mexico’s best kept secret – is not a person to be deterred by lack of attention from the entertainment industry. Instead, and backed with self-perpetuated shameless publicity, he moves from one project to another.
Boasting over 700,000 views to more than 400 videos on his YouTube channel (HYMIEHYMIE) and some 70,000 Google citations, alongside appearances on a multitude of national TV and radio outlets, the Santa Fe based entertainer is nothing less than one-man industry.
Perhaps best known as a singer/songwriter, he also stacks up credits as record producer, filmmaker, actor (recently filmed in the Dutch independent production “Jackie” starring Holly Hunter), political satirist and bona fide US presidential candidate in the Arizona primary, February 28, drawing #2 spot on the ballot, ahead of Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and the other nominees (www.JTAmerica.com).
Since videotaping his experiences on campaign trail, and writing songs as always, Terr decided to combine all these interests and opportunities into a feature film about a singer/songwriter kidnapped on a USO tour in the Mid-East, hypnotized by a mysterious organization to carry out a "Manchurian Candidate" style mission, then returned to his normal routine of music and politics - and a political campaign - while waiting for the trap to be released.
Co-star is Suhail Aldabbach, remembered for his memorable role as the remorseful suicide bomber in the 2010 Oscar "Best Picture" “The Hurt Locker”. He is now a (refugee) resident of New Mexico, and he and Terr have teamed up on several prospective feature projects. Aldabbach is set to have a featured role in Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow's next project – the yet to be named account of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden – so he will have an even higher profile soon.
Also having a key role in the Terr project is rotund country singer BuDDy, with cameo appearances by humorist Dave Barry, journalist James Fallows, NPR host Scott Simon, "Firesign Theater" co-founder Phil Proctor and others. Intended as a very low-budget production most likely destined to go directly to DVD and download, Jim Terr (in common with so many prospective independent film producers) is currently seeking out interested investors. He hopes that with the frustration of the political season, this coming summer, the intended summer release, and a compelling plot, and lots of music and good soundtrack CD, will make the project a success.
TERR REACTS TO RESULTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA G.O.P. PRIMARY
Las Vegas, New Mexico—Jan. 22, 2012—During a press conference outside his home on Sunday, Jim Terr, Republican hopeful for president in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election February 28, shared his reactions to South Carolina GOP primary, a decisive upset by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Terr commented, “Was there any suprise here? The guy with the most bravado and cleverness and presumed ability to out-argue President Obama in the general election, won. He successfully made Mitt Romney look awkward and unprepared and defensive about his undisclosed tax returns -- which he was. Oops, Mitt – who could have ever seen that one coming?”
“Gingrich somehow overcame what might have been concern about his revolving-door lobbying and profiteering from a mobster named Freddie Mac, putting it off until the Dems have a chance to hammer him with it in a couple months. On the question of his disgusting behavior in both his personal life and his political life, well, Evangelicals love a supposedly reformed sinner. Especially when he provides a stirringly righteous offensive defense, making himself look like a victim of the so-called liberal media.”
As to Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, who Terr says “Say what they think and are evidently unwilling to prostitute themselves to suit the rabidly anti-Obama, moralistic, right-wing electorate of South Carolina, they, unsurprisingly, didn’t do so well.” Terr added, “I have been a proud member of the Republican party, the party of my father (blessed be his memory) and a couple other people I know and like regardless, for 17 days, and it has been a thrilling ride. It has forced me to contemplate The Mind of the Republican, and to consider what it would take to bring us proud, lifelong Republicans back to the mainstream of American society.”
Terr, who drew the number two position on the Arizona GOP ballot, stated, “In my campaign I shall endeavor to combine the best of the ideas put forth by the other GOP candidates (well, Ron Paul had a good one on cutting back on US military adventures and Empire; I can’t think of any others right now), along with my own fanciful notions about Public Campaign Finance, repealing Citizens’ United, and nominating Supreme Court justices who are not ideologues and Tools of Industry, into a broadly appealing campaign.”
”I also affirm my core campaign promise that if nominated I will not run, and if I am elected I will not serve,” Terr added emphatically. “I love that Arizona gives us lesser-known candidates a chance to make our voices heard here before the national liberal news media.”
Terr refrained from making comments on his “alternative candidate” competitors on the Arizona ballot, though he says he has a “thick and incriminating dossier” on each. “I prefer to run a positive campaign,” Terr stated.
Jim Terr (as in “termite”) is a video producer, satirist and singer-songwriter from Las Vegas, New Mexico, with over 700,000 views on the YouTube videos, and over 70,000 Google citations of his assorted projects. His campaign website is www.JTAmerica.com