#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.

What is 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.


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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."

President Donald Trump Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017

“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.”

President Ronald Reagan

Recent Posts

  • Restore the American Dream to Destroy Creeping Socialism

    By Chris Talgo In 1917, as American soldiers were fighting to “make the world safe for democracy,” Russia was embarking down the dark road of communism. Decades earlier, Karl Marx wrote the “Communist Manifesto,” in which he predicted a worldwide revolution. Fortunately, Marx’s grand ambition never came to fruition. After years of struggle in the Cold War, market capitalism and individual liberty triumphed, and the Soviet communist empire fell. Almost 30 years after the demise of the Soviet Union, Americans face a new danger. Decades of liberal policies have undermined the foundational principles that made America the world’s beacon of …read more

  • New Commercial Rejects Elitism, Embraces Populism

    Every once in a while a commercial hits the airwaves that truly captures the current American spirit. In a media environment that is dominated by anti-American values, this has become rarer than ever. Such is why the Bud Light “Dilly Dilly” commercials are quite the welcome alternative to most modern advertising campaigns. In 2016, after eight years of President Barack Obama’s collectivist vision and policies, American voters went in a decidedly different direction. Donald Trump, a businessman with no political experience, ran on a populist platform, and defeated the status-quo candidate. Hillary Clinton was the embodiment of the elitist attitude …read more

  • America’s Decline and the Neglect of Luther’s Principles of Liberty

    With the nation’s news dominated by reports of political corruption (most recently, the Clintons’ apparent use of “pay to play” schemes during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as U.S. secretary of state), sexual harassment scandals pandemic among the nation’s elites, extreme vulgarization of political speech and the common culture, riots against freedom of speech on the nation’s college campuses, paralyzing partisanship in Congress, death threats and open assassination attempts against government leaders and police officers, and the rest of the dismaying parade of moral shortcomings on display among the nation’s leaders in all walks of life, it appears that we are in …read more

  • The Twilight of American Exceptionalism: Why a Resurgence of Self-Reliance Is Essential

    By Chris Talgo   Self-reliance is the quintessential element of American Exceptionalism. Historically, the notion of self-reliance has been a central characteristic of American culture, governing, and educational doctrine. From the founding of the United States until the mid-twentieth century, these three institutions reinforced the bedrock principle of self-reliance. During this period, the United States became the beacon of liberty and the most prosperous nation in world history. Over the past 60 years, however, political and cultural forces have undermined respect for self-reliance. Since the mid-1960s, a cultural revolution, deteriorating education system, and misguided government programs have produced a toxic …read more

  • Congress’ Public Bribery Imperils the American Dream

    By Chris Talgo   America is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Congress has accrued a $20.5 trillion debt, and unfunded liabilities amount to more than $70 trillion. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, each generation has been complicit in steady expansion of government. The Baby Boomers took this crooked deal to a whole new and unsustainable level. As the nation rushes headlong toward disaster, the Millennial generation will soon have to take over the steering wheel and assume responsibility for averting a crash or living with the consequences. Straying Off Course “The American Republic will endure until the …read more

  • Is the American Dream Alive and Well in Alabama?

    By Taylor Dawson A recent Pew Research study found that over 80% of U.S. citizens believe they’ve achieved the American dream, or at least that they’re on the way to doing so. Only 17% of those surveyed said the American dream is “out of reach” for their family. But what about Alabamians? This high level of satisfaction seems like it might not translate in a relatively poor state like ours. U.S. Census data from 2016 indicates that 17.1% of Alabamians live below the poverty line. Based on that, one could reasonably conclude that because the percentage of those living below the poverty line …read more