Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was not inexpensive for doing these speaking tours in the Middle East. Each of these cost the United States State Department thousands of dollars. Mr. Rauf was paid for his time as well as for the hotel, dining and all other expenses such a trip would require. No matter how positive Mr. Rauf’s intentions are the United States of America’s State Department is not strictly adhering to the U.S. Constitution when it uses Unites States taxpayers’ money collected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to pay for Mr. Rauf’s positive Middle Eastern speaking tours about being a practicing Muslim in the United States.
This monetarily supporting of Islamic speaking tours by the United States of America’s State Department was the first this American citizen had ever heard about the United States government doing anything like this. The United States bureaucratic departments and governmental agencies do not fund similar speaking tours for other religious factions (Asatruar, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Odinists, Wiccans and other non-Muslim spiritual paths) that are present throughout the fifty United States. This is a form of displaying a religious preference by the United States national government. It is a form of discrimination toward all other religions and spiritual paths that are practiced within the United States borders. This paying for Islamic speaking tours is involving the United States national government in religious affairs.
Founding Fathers of the United States of America would never agree to the national government paying for anything that had religious undertones. Their writings and speeches are emphatically in opposition. All Founding Fathers, both Federalists and Anti-Federalists, made certain the contents of the Constitution for the United States kept the national government out of all religious affairs in order to promote religious freedom and practice. These wise Founding Fathers did not want a repeat of governmental intervention of religion that had plagued Europe for centuries. Religious governmental intervention had caused much bloodshed and hardship in the European nations by the eighteenth century. There is no Amendment of the US Constitution that alters this safeguard or backs the US State Department’s paying for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s speaking tours in the Middle East. This American could find no legal constitutional precedent in favor of this.
The United States of America’s State Department is not the only department within the United States national government that needs to be scrutinized regarding how United States tax revenue is spent. Even though the Recession is not over, the White House is being renovated for over 300 million. The Legislative Branch members have been wastefully using tax funds for receiving special perks just because they were a member of Congress or the United States Senate. An example of this is the governmental expense of daily fresh flowers for some of the Legislative Branch members’ offices. The Legislative Branch has incrementally increased its members’ income instead of foregoing any raise to lower the national debt. The Legislative Branch continues voting for their income raises, claiming this practice was developed and has been used since the 20th century. Each Legislative Branch member claims they need these raises even though the majority of these politicians own or have invested in large corporations from where they receive huge monthly incomes that make them extremely wealthy without the government income received for public office held.
This does not look to this taxpayer as if the Legislative and Executive Branches of the United States government are concerned about the trillion dollars plus national deficit. This is not good for the United States economy and its citizens, ergo goes against the contents of the US Constitution’s main body which was framed for the betterment of both these things. The national government needs to resume the fiscal responsible example set prior to the 20th century by balancing the US government checkbook and getting this in the black. There is no reasonable reason to continue the practice of causing the US government checkbook to bounce further by adding wasteful expenditure of the politicians in office, expensive governmental programs like speaking tours to the Middle East or passing liberal reforms.
In honor of the American theme set by the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, it is time for the national government to mend its ways and strictly adhere to the Constitution of the United States of America. The US Constitution’s contents are the law of the land within the United States borders. It is time for those public office politicians in Washington D.C. to realize this is a national government created “for the people” and governed “by the people” which means this federal government works for its citizens. All United States citizens are the employers of the United States national government. “We the People of the United States of America” have an important voice in this Republic. Our social contract makes the United States citizens boss.
Alicia Rose, personal studies Political Science, International Affairs, Religion and World and US History 1978 – present
Alicia Rose, personal viewing of CNN “The Situation Room” evening news reports August 1 – September 10, 2010
Alicia Rose, personal viewing of Fox News evening broadcasts August 1 – September 10, 2010
Alicia Rose, personal viewing of CBS Nightly News August 1 – 10, 2001
Alicia Rose, personal viewing of the NBC, ABC and CBS news broadcasts, September 1 – September 30, 2001
“Who is ‘Imam Feisal’?” article by Ron Scherer / Staff Writer, Christian Science Monitor, volume 102, issue 41, p. 16 – 17, published September 6, 2010.
Feisal Abdul Rauf, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feisal_Abdul_Rauf
“Federalists vs Anti-Federalists” article by aliciaharrell, published on HubPages website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Federalists-vs-Anti-Federalists
Founding Fathers of the United States of America, Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_Fathers_of_the_United_States
“James Madison: The Fourth President of the United States” article by aliciaharrell, published on HubPages website: http://hubpages.com/hub/James-Madison-The-Fourth-President-of-the-United-States
“Social Contract: Theory and Application” by Alicia Rose, published on Associated Content, November 6, 2009: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2363810/social_contract_theory_and_application.html?cat=37
US Constitution, government archives website:
The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 – 10, US Consitution), government archives website: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html
Amendments 11 – 27, US Constitution, government archives website: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html