The Sunday Message

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. – Thomas Jefferson

Please vote this Tuesday. That is all…



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

We are 23 days from Election Day 2018. Please vote!

Back in 2016, a man wrote to Billy Graham saying he and his wife were “fed up with politics” and they had “decided not to vote.”

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Caught My Eye…

Remember…Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you. ― Ziad K. Abdelnour

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted 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. There may be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!

Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:

  • Just Call Me Nostradamus (Kavanaugh)
  • Steve Daines – Publicity Hound
  • U.S. Senate Debate Postponed
  • The Old Fact Check
  • One More Thing

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Election Day, Tweets, & Pardon

If I were president of the United States and I had a lawyer that told me I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer. – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Here are some issues that caught my attention for today:

  • Election Day
  • Junior Tweets
  • Pardon Me

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Don’t Forget to Vote!

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world. – Sharon Salzberg

The ballots for my family have been completed. I am taking them to the Elections Office this morning.

I feel powerful when I vote!

Tomorrow (June 5) is Primary Election Day in Montana. Besides Montana, there are primaries in California, New Jersey, Iowa, and New Mexico.

Don’t forget to vote! You can still register to vote in Montana! Click HERE for more information.

Thanks to all those who are running for public office. Good luck!

Follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord) for updates throughout election night.


Monday’s Quick Hits: Stapleton, Face the State, & Concealed Carry

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. – Henny Youngman

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • SoS Corey Stapleton
  • Face the State
  • Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

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Terrific News Tuesday

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – John Quincy Adams

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:

  • Last Day/Vote
  • On the Road
  • Unlikely Friendship
  • Thank You Veterans
  • Free Newspaper Access

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TWW Afternoon Extra: I Voted – So Take That!

I turned in my ballot this morning at the county elections office. There were other Patriots doing the same thing.

God Bless America!

Before I continue I want to point out that I took my own ballot to the county elections office. I did not give it to a random person who happened to knock on my door and asked to deliver it for me.

Voting makes me feel good. Damn good. I am voting on behalf of my fellow veterans who gave their lives for the freedoms we have – freedoms like voting for the candidate of my choice!

Voting makes me feel powerful – unstoppable!

When I vote I get to stick it to the man (or woman), once again. It’s like I wave my fist at the establishment and say “up yours.” My vote counts just as much as your vote does.

By voting in this election….

  • I “stuck” it to the guy who wanted me fired years ago – I voted for his opponent. By the way, he did not get me fired, either.
  • I “stuck” it to the guy who failed to do his job – I voted against him.
  • I “stuck” it to the guy who has staffers who are pricks.
  • I voted “No” on all the unopposed Montana judges, except one.
  • I also found it hard to vote for candidates who did not send me a free bumper sticker!

So yes, I feel pretty freaking good right now. Refreshed. Renewed.

I’ve followed and been involved in politics for most of my life. The following is a selection from my 2013 book, “Preparing for the Race: 50+ Questions for the Potential Candidate” that you can buy HERE:

My first venture into politics came in the summer of 1968. As a nine-year-old, I was excited to follow the Presidential campaign of Republican Richard Nixon, Democrat Hubert Humphrey, and Independent George Wallace. My dad was a Democrat and he worked road construction for a union company building bridges and interstates across the Midwest. We traveled with him and came home to Missouri on some weekends.

One particular weekend we were traveling across Iowa on Interstate 80 and exited at Newton, Iowa. I had just made a three by five-inch campaign sign and wrote, “Nixon is the One” on it. I placed it in the corner of the windshield. few minutes after putting the Nixon sign on the dash by the windshield, a woman driving a 1968 Cadillac pulled into our path wrecking us and totaling both vehicles. We were trapped in our vehicle for a few minutes until someone pried the doors open. The woman said her dog blocked her view and that she pulled out in front of us causing the wreck. I thought maybe the Nixon sign was a curse on my family. My dad voted for Humphrey later that year. Humphrey ended up losing to Nixon.

Not everyone enjoys politics as much as I do, but you can still vote and maybe you can stick it to the man (or woman).

Just do it.

If your candidate loses, suck it up. Move on. Don’t be a sore loser, but in all honesty, I really don’t care. Cry. Complain. Say it was rigged. File a lawsuit.

If your candidate wins, remember to be a gracious winner – or don’t. They can’t beat you for a few years, so get in their face and brag. Sip that champagne because next time your candidate may get their ass kicked!

The next campaign season starts November 9.


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The Sunday Message

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

This campaign season will come to an end Tuesday night when we will find out who our nation elected to be our next President of the United States of America. I always get so excited around Election Day – it’s like watching the Super Bowl or a game seven to me!

No matter who wins we need to pray for that person every day. We also need to pray that we will have a peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C.

Please pray for all the elected officials in your state. It seems to me that in the last decade or so politics in the United States has gotten nastier and more personal. I always have a sad feeling for the children of elected officials or candidates when their parent is being attacked through commercials on television. I’ve worked in the political arena and now just write about it. It’s not fun to tell your children that if they see daddy or mommy’s name on TV, not to worry about it, and that “Daddy/mommy is not bad and he/she still loves you!”

We also need to express our thanks to all the people who decided to run for public office. That’s what makes our country so great. It’s a big step to put your name out there and to take a stand.

Please make sure you vote this Tuesday. If you need voting or registration information and live in Montana, click HERE. If you live in another state, click HERE.

Remember this – God is in control.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Romans 13:1 (NIV)


Terrific News Tuesday

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

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:

  • Selfless Gift
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • World Series
  • NBA
  • Two Weeks

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