#OurAmerica is a nationwide movement to bring our country together to emphasize what makes America fundamentally good and what distinguishes it from other nations – in short American Exceptionalism.
American Exceptionalism is the idea that the United States of America is unique among the nations of the world in that it was founded on the principles of individual liberty, private property rights, and equal justice for all. Because it is unique, the United States has a special role in the world and in human history.
Have you ever wondered who funds the legislation that affects your life? So do we. That’s why The Heartland Institute created LeftExposed.org, an investigative journalism project designed to expose the Left’s campaign to take over leading foundations, advocacy groups, and other institutions of civil society.
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"Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph."
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
- 8 Nov 2018
By Emma Kaden “And the shot heard ’round the world / Was the start of the Revolution…” —Schoolhouse Rock!, “The Shot Heard Round The World” So many Americans grew up with the sound of Schoolhouse Rock!, the lyrics of “Conjunction Junction” or “Electricity” engraved into our minds, the tunes of “Interplanet Janet” and “Interjections!” blasting in our ears, and the characters from “I’m Just a Bill” and “The Tale of Mr. Morton” moving before our eyes. Unfortunately, the Schoolhouse Rock! videos lost popularity in classrooms and homes as the years passed by, and somewhere in the early 21st Century, Schoolhouse …read more
- 22 Oct 2018
By Emma Kaden Approximately 1.7 million children are homeschooled in the United States, according to federal estimates. Although this is not many in the large scheme of things, it seems much more significant when you consider that the Brazil Supreme Court recently ruled homeschooling unconstitutional—ensuring that the number of homeschooled children in Brazil is zero. The homeschooling situation in Brazil highlights the exceptional freedom American parents have to enrich their children’s education. Although many Americans cannot afford to homeschool or send their children to the school that best serves their unique needs, the education system overall is comparatively very free. …read more
- 10 Sep 2018
By Emma Kaden The Moon landing represents one of the greatest American achievements in history. It symbolizes America’s victory in the Space Race and the classic American “pioneer spirit.” Americans (not to mention people worldwide) watched spellbound as American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the Moon. It was a landmark event in American history, and it paved the way for the United States to become the undisputed champion in technological and scientific innovation. (Sorry, Soviet Union.) And that’s exactly what it was: a purely American achievement. However, the new movie “First Man,” a biopic about …read more
- 23 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden The American Dream is an essential tenet of American culture: it’s the belief that anyone can come to America and, if they work hard enough, achieve the success they’ve always wanted. In many instances, this ideal is forgotten or cast aside. However, it still rings true for many on the TV show America’s Got Talent, of all places. Despite the show’s namesake, America’s Got Talent (informally AGT) draws in a variety of contestants from across the world. The premise of AGT is simple: a selection of talented acts competes for a shot at $1,000,000 and a show …read more
- 17 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The Pledge of Allegiance was a noble idea—to encourage students to show their respect for the United States and the sacrifices Americans have made for their country over the centuries. And perhaps it still accomplishes that goal. However, many liberals argue that students should be allowed to abstain from saying the pledge. Some reasons come from the right line of thought (freedom of speech) while others …read more
- 14 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden School is no longer simply where students are educated. Nowadays, public schools have taken over so many roles in children’s lives that it’s hard to draw a line between what responsibilities public schools hold and what responsibilities parents hold. Across the nation, public schools have increased the time children must spend within their walls, from lengthening the school day to adding extra school days to piling on a never-ending calendar of extracurricular activities and after-school commitments. Not only are schools increasing the time children must spend obeying the whims of school administrators, they are now also serving …read more