About Jackie M. (Mike) Brown

CONTACT: Western_Word@Yahoo.com I am a military veteran who honorably served my country in different parts of the world with the last stop being in Montana. I am a husband, a father, and I attend church regularly. I am also a college graduate, and I have worked and volunteered on several political campaigns (local, state, national). I have also been employed in various government positions (city, state and federal) as well as in the private sector. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, reading a good book, writing, and enjoying a fine glass of wine while visiting with friends around the fire.

The Wednesday Read: Emails, Ads, TWW Poll, & Fact Checkers

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

Today these items caught my attention:

  • Bullock’s Emails
  • Gianforte’s New Ad
  • Zinke’s New Ad
  • TWW Debate Poll Results
  • Fact Checkers

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The First Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – one will be the next President of the United States of America. Lord help us!

Here are my thoughts about the first presidential debate.

Saturday Night Live may have to expand their show to fit all the skits they could do from this one 90 minute debate.

It was one of the most anticipated presidential debates ever. For the first half, it mostly lived up to expectations. For some, it was probably not nasty enough.

You can vote for who you think won the debate right here at The Western Word. I will keep the poll open until early Wednesday morning.

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Terrific News Tuesday

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Montana Constitution
  • Vets for Vets Stand Down
  • Steve Daines’ Offices
  • The Hug

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

Welcome to Monday – Are you ready for a great week?

Today I take a look at:

  • Montana Governor
  • Bozeman Daily Chronicle & Zinke
  • Citizens for Worse Schools
  • The Debate
  • Very Little Confidence

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The Sunday Message

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have always thought that if Christians would band together, they could become unstoppable in electing their candidates – if they wanted.

The group called Family Research Council (FRC) sent an email to followers the other day and said that there were 39 million voting-eligible Christians who did not vote in 2012.

FRC is doing a bus tour to try and get more Christians to vote. That’s a good thing.

I don’t always agree with some of the statements coming from FRC. Their mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. I do believe that Christians should vote.

The problem with Christians voting is that there are many different views within Christianity, and most Christians believe their views are correct.

We need to pray for our leaders (even if we did not vote for them). We need to take part in the political process, and the first way to do this is to vote. Click HERE to register.

Another great way to take part in the political process is to volunteer on a candidate’s campaign. Check out the views of a candidate and find one you mostly agree with – then contact them to volunteer.

Voting is a civic sacrament. – Theodore Hesburgh


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Caught My Eye…

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)! This is the 316th edition of this non-award winning column.

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include my analysis of the Montana gubernatorial debate, Congressional Inventions Caucus, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), Values Bus Tour, Bruce!, Between Two Ferns, and much more!

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