A few years ago the television news showed couples walking door-to-door in Iowa. They were not Jehovah’s Witnesses. They were campaign workers for the Democratic presidential candidates.
I use the example of these people to show why Jehovah’s Witnesses go door-to-door. They are actually campaign workers for the Kingdom Government of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself began this work and he then trained his followers to go door-to-door and even telling them to “enter into the house and greet the householder.” He also said some would not welcome the message.
What specifically was the message? As prophesied in Isaiah 9:6,7 a “government” would be given to the “Prince of Peace.” The angel Gabriel told Mary her son would be given the “Kingdom of David” and it would rule worldwide. This government would destroy and replace all earthly governments (Daniel 2:44). This “Good News of the Kingdom” would be preached worldwide and then the end would come. (Matthew 24:14) It was “good news” because this government would have the God-given authority and supernatural ability to rule the world perfectly. With his miracles, Jesus showed a small preview of what it would do earthwide in the future.
Early Christians definitely taught about the Kingdom both publicly and from “house to house” (Acts 5:42 and 20:20). At one point Jesus said the disciples would “by no means complete the circuit of the cities of Israel until the Son of man arrives.” So they would clearly continue the campaign on into our day. Jesus commanded his disciples to “go make disciples and to teach people” and the Apostle Paul said “preach the word, be at it urgently … fully accomplish your ministry.”
Who is doing that work today? You know the answer. With over 7 million unpaid ministers going door to door they literally are canvassing the Earth over and over. Since 1992 they have put in over a billion hours per year. Last year alone it was 1,707,094,710 hours teaching and declaring the Good News of the Kingdom. They have been called “Publishing Titans” with the production of the number one magazine in the world “The Watchtower, Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom” in 195 languages.
I wanted to explain why we go door-to-door because most people today are shutting the door before even asking what our message is all about. It seems people are disappointed in government and religion and many have just given up.
We are trying to tell people that they have a choice in government and human governments, which are under Satan’s control, are a terrible failure and a poor choice We offer free Bible studies to our neighbors (on average over 8.4 million are conducted worldwide every month). But the work we are doing of carrying and defending the great name of Jehovah God and announcing the Kingdom of his Son is almost over. We want to thank all of you who were so courteous and respectful to us when we came to your door, even when you weren’t interested and even when we woke you up. Your good manners made our day a little more pleasant and our challenging work a little easier.
Politics and education
I had just about made up my mind to stop writing letters to the editor, assuming that people tend to ignore a voice of moderation in these times of extreme political polarity. No doubt, some readers will wish I had. However, I heard something this week that goaded me once again into putting my thoughts into writing.
Someone in the Republican Party of Texas let the cat out of the bag and put into print (their official platform report) what they have been thinking; apparently for some time. It states, in part, “We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs … which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”
So, it appears that they are not only opposed to educators focusing on behaviors; they also are opposed to teaching students how to think critically. Something tells me they wouldn’t mind a little parental undermining if one’s parents happened to be Muslim.
What went unreported as far as I can tell was the very first item in the section of their platform called “Educating our Children.” That item reads, “We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive.” They go on to state they “favor strengthening our common American identity and loyalty …” So, evidently, teaching about the contributions of non-Northern European cultures somehow weakens “American identity and loyalty,” and the only Mexican contribution they care to teach has to do with the Alamo. By “American identity,” do they mean cowboy hats and over-sized pickup trucks?
I was not able to find a copy of the Republican Party of New Mexico platform report online and the website for the Republican Party of Chaves Country required a registration process I was unwilling to undergo. I would like to know if New Mexico Republican politicians have a similar set of anti-intellectual, xenophobic planks in their platform.
One wonders why Texas Republicans feel so strongly about this that they would put it in their official party platform. Could it be that they want their children to grow up believing in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and corporate self-regulation? On the bright side, this goes a long way toward explaining their current governor.
Obama fails on energy, jobs
As we come to the close of President Obama’s term in office we would do well to look at his record.
He and his EPA have blocked oil drilling in Alaska (hundreds of jobs lost and less oil), blocked drilling in the Gulf of Mexico (3,000 jobs lost and less oil), blocked shale oil production in an oil field with more reserves than the Middle East and blocked an oil pipeline that would produce 20,000 jobs. At the same time he loaned money to Brazil for offshore drilling and gave money to Mexico to drill in the Gulf. He also told coal companies he would bankrupt them if they built coal generating plants. What a great energy program. Developing our own reserves would not only create jobs but would keep millions of dollars in the U.S. rather than give it to the Arab countries and add millions of tax dollars.
What he has done with his green energy programs is give millions to overseas companies, millions to green energy companies. many of which have gone bankrupt (they did produce millions in donations to his campaign however), promoted bio fuels that needed subsidies and took grain out of the food chain to produce inefficient fuel and gave big subsidies to his friends at GE to build wind generators to produce energy that can’t be stored. To be fair the president has created more than 100,000 new federal jobs that we as tax payers can now support.
We currently have an opportunity to replace one of our two New Mexico liberal Democrat senators who is a party to these plans with a conservative. We can vote for the conservative Heather Wilson or vote for another liberal Democrat, Martin Heinrich, who says he will create jobs. Based on the above results, we can easily see how the Democrats create jobs.
A killing nation
“U.S. and coalition authorities rarely provide any public estimates of Afghan or Iraqi troop or civilian casualties or injuries. In this absence of official data, we present the latest and lowest credible estimates we’ve found.
About 303 times as many people have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq than in the ghastly attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
More than 130 times as many people have been killed in these wars and occupations than in all terrorist attacks in the world from 1993-2004, according to data compiled by the U.S. State Department. More recent figures are unavailable — after the 2004 report showed terrorism at an all-time high, numerous experts suggested that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were fueling an increase in terrorism, and subsequent State Department terror tallies have remained classified.
Where a source cites a range (for example, 2,500-4,000), we always use the lower figure.
Casualties in Afghanistan:
Afghan troops killed 8,587
Afghan troops seriously injured 25,761
Afghan civilians killed 8,813
Afghan civilians seriously injured 15,863
U.S. troops killed 1,140
U.S. troops seriously injured 3,420
Other coalition troops killed 772
Other coalition troops seriously injured 2,316
Contractors killed 298
Contractors seriously injured 2,428
Journalists killed 19
Journalists seriously injured unknown
Total killed in Afghanistan 19,629
Total injured in Afghanistan 48,644
Casualties in Iraq:
Iraqi troops killed 30,000
Iraqi troops seriously injured 90,000
Iraqi civilians killed 864,531
Iraqi civilians seriously injured 1,556,156
U.S. troops killed 4,414
U.S. troops seriously injured 31,882
Other coalition troops killed 318
Other coalition troops seriously injured 2,296
Contractors killed 933
Contractors seriously injured 10,569
Journalists killed 142
Journalists seriously injured unknown
Total killed in Iraq 900,338
Total injured in Iraq 1,690,903
Of the 920,000 dead in Iraq and Afghanistan 5,554 were U.S. service members. These wars cost the American taxpayers approximately $4 trillion ($334 billion per year) and counting.
What could possible justify killing 920,000 people and seriously injuring over 1,700,000 more, and spending $4,000,000,000,000 to do so?
In stark contrast our U.S. government spends approximately $602 million annually in health care costs or, for the same period as the two current wars, $6.6 billion, while 45,000 American citizens die from lack of health insurance each year or 495,000 people since the wars began.
Which of these two expenses do you think we should cut?
Democratic Party of Chaves County
Hopes for stolen sign
To the person who stole my Gary Johnson for President 2012 election sign from my front yard, it is my hope that you took it because:
A. You realize that the upcoming election will have three candidates on the ballot in all 50 states and the two-party system has failed you.
B. You realize that our country must live within its means.
C. You realize that we can’t tax ourselves into economic recovery.
D. You realize that the United States should only resort to military action as provided for in the Constitution.
E. You realize that the government should not be in the health care business.
F. You realize many of our key protections under the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution are gone.
G. You realize that fences and walls do not keep out illegal immigrants.
H. You realize there can be no compromise on the issue of clean air and clean water.
I. You realize that despite our best efforts at enforcement, education and interdiction, people continue to use and abuse illegal drugs.
J. You realize that GaryJohnson2012.com website has real answers to why you might find you have more in common politically with Gary Johnson than any other candidate.
All these things I hope for you, but my reality is that you’re still a thief.
I wrote to you about a year ago regarding difficult times. Today, in my opinion, the world and the times that consume our daily lives have become worse. Hundreds of tornados, floods, hurricanes and massacres have occurred.
In all my life I have never seen the desperation that has touched the proudest and most dignified citizens. It weighs on their faces, souls and families leading to moral corruption and the ultimate humiliation. There are people waiting all day at dump sites to sift through other’s trash in hopes of finding something of slight value in an attempt to support their families. I understand it is against the law to take things from the dump, but these are human beings simply trying to move forward to find a moment of satisfaction.
In the past two years I have gone to court with relatives and friends at least 30 times. It’s the most depressing place to have visited all year. Sometimes there are 20 to 30 cases before we see the judge. I see males and females walk up to the podium with chains on their ankles, wrists and waists. I wonder what happened to “innocent until proven guilty.” Seeing this reminds me of the movie “Passion of the Christ.” It is sad. I guess they are trying to protect the judge and welfare of the people and public.
Many of the cases are violators of parole or probation, drugs and DUI. I feel that the laws are too harsh, before it is over the accused go on probation for a year or more. During that time they wear ankle monitors, of which the accused are required to pay the state $86 per week, others pay for a breathalyzer in their vehicle. These people have families, but courts don’t seem to care that they need to provide for their families.
Some people are told they can’t drink at all; the courts don’t realize that some of these people are alcoholics. They are going to drink regardless of the law, then off to prison. The families, especially the wives and children, suffer. Yes, these people chose to commit the crime.
I wish we would all realize that we are imperfect, living in an imperfect world. The only difference between the good and the bad is that the good have never been caught. I once asked a judge if he ever committed a crime that was considered a felony, he said, “of course not, Eloy.”
Then, I asked him if he ever cheated on his income tax returns, he never responded.
Roswell has seven judges; one, I have never seen in court, and three of the other six are vey compassionate, caring, helpful and very fair. One judge stands out because he is very understanding even with people who have committed a crime.
People have lost respect, dignity and welfare of humanity. Don’t get me wrong; I see the good happening in the community. I am happy people can be assisted with a meal at St. Peter’s. The women and children can find shelter at 400 E. Bland St. These two organizations are a great asset to the needy and homeless. Life will continue to be a struggle, especially as the economy gets difficult across the globe.
My favorite Pope John Paul II’s message to the people was “Be not afraid.” My favorite Saint Padre Pio’s saying was “Pray, hope and do not worry.”
Eloy Ortega Jr.