On 9/11/2001 the question on many lips was: “Why do they hate us?” Marco Rubio gave the best answer 14 years later. “They hate us because of our values”. The Middle Eastern Terrorists want to murder Americans and Israelis because of our values and the cirtues which flow from them.

“They do not hate us because we have military assets in the Middle East — they hate us because of our values,” Rubio said. “They hate us because young girls here go to school. They hate us because women drive. They hate us because we have freedom of speech, because we have diversity in our religious beliefs. They hate us because we’re a tolerant society. This is a clash of civilizations. And either they win, or we win.”

“They hate us because of our freedoms,” Rubio said. “They hate us because in America, women drive cars. They hate us because in America, little girls are sent to school. That’s why they hate us.”

There are many more reasons why they hate us but the essence is America stands for a personal Liberty that’s been growing since the revolution in 1776. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Those are some of the immortal words in the American Declaration of Independence written by the brilliant Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia in 1776, “alone with no books or manuscripts of any kind”. Rubio tapped into Jefferson’s values when he asked why do they hate us?. The values of America underscore our virtues.

“To challenge the basic premise of any discipline, one must begin at the beginning. In ethics, one must begin by asking: What are values? Why does man need them?

“Value” is that which one acts to gain and/or keep. The concept “value” is not a primary; it presupposes an answer to the question: of value to whom and for what? It presupposes an entity capable of acting to achieve a goal in the face of an alternative. Where no alternative exists, no goals and no values are possible.” Ayn Rand.

Even though the liberals in America don’t have much use for the foundational document, it contains a diametrically opposite set of values to the Arab world. Rubio describes it as: “a clash of civilizations”. He could go much further in explaining the intellectual backwardness of the Middle East and the cultures there as compared to the West and especially to America.

The values of America are based on life as compared to the values in the Middle East which are based on what goes on after death. “Life is a process of self-sustaining and self-generated action. If an organism fails in that action, it dies; its chemical elements remain, but its life goes out of existence. It is only the concept of ‘Life’ that makes the concept of ‘Value’ possible. It is only to a living entity that things can be good or evil.” Rubio connected values with life when he explained: “they hate us because of our values.”

“The morality of reason, is contained in a single axiom: existence exists—and in a single choice: to live. The rest proceeds from these. To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason—Purpose—Self-esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge—Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve—Self-esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living. These three values imply and require all of man’s virtues, and all his virtues pertain to the relation of existence and consciousness: rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productiveness, pride.” Aristotle held Pride to be the highest of the virtues yet in many philosophies Pride is considered a deadly sin. That’s irrational.

“Virtue is not an end in itself. Virtue is not its own reward or sacrificial fodder for the reward of evil. Life is the reward of virtue—and happiness is the goal and the reward of life.”

But the values and the resulting virtues of the Middle East begin with the irrationality of the supernatural. Those values are false. “They are false on the grandest scale imaginable and they are destroying on the grandest scale imaginable. They cannot escape that because they have abandoned first of all the means of life; -reason;
in order to transcend the place of life; – this earth;
for the purpose of: denying the purpose of life which is to be happy here and now.
And given that they have accomplished Terror against all other values.
They have preempted whole areas of thought which are concerned with the bringing of thought to the application of action in particularly the field of morality which they preempted and turned against life itself. The Middle East has taken the most glorious concepts of a rational morality such as for example: exaltation; worship; reverence; sacred;
And it has not only removed them from our lives but it has actually removed them from this earth taken them up into the sky and turned them into moral thunderbolts to be launched back down on us and to incinerate us in our efforts to live life.
Terrorism has taken the concept of ultimate value beyond this earth and uses it to diminish and demean everything that is here.
It has taken human life that is potentially challenging, productive, successful, tall; joyous proud and it has turned it into an anxiety ridden torture. It has turned it into a denial of ourselves in which we crawl in obedience and fear and seek relief from all of this by denouncing everything which we are and everything which have. Keeping mans estimate of himself low by primarily for example by advocating humility and selflessness and damning pride the crown of all virtues. It has created a people who desire tyrants and tyrants who desire people. It has created power lust which as Ayn Rand said is a weed that grows in the vacant lot of an abandoned mind.” So said Dr. John Ridpath.

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