#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.”
- 6 Dec 2018
By Emma Kaden Last week, First Lady Melania Trump shared her White House Christmas decorations with the world… and some of the world wasn’t very pleased. Many people criticized her choices in décor, especially a hallway full of bright red berry trees. They were compared to discriminatory outfits from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, among other not-so-pleasant things. So why the backlash? Since when has it become socially acceptable to insult the holiday décor at the White House? Well, it goes a lot deeper than a simple dislike of red trees. The United States was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and …read more
- 3 Dec 2018
By Emma Kaden Lately, the trend has been to send children to school earlier and earlier in their lives. One has to wonder what would happen if children were simply taken to school from the moment they’re born—but that goes in the other direction, too. It’s becoming more and more standard to attend a college or university after graduating from high school, and some experts estimate that soon master’s degrees will be the norm as well, extending the average American’s education 5 to 7 years after high school graduation. However, education after high school isn’t nearly as much of a …read more
- 29 Nov 2018
By Emma Kaden “Reason” is often defined as the power to comprehend, judge, and think rationally. In a recent article, author Alexandra York describes the necessity of reason in understanding and thriving in a complex world—that is, the world we live in. In the article, York argues that reason is a fundamental that all worldly citizens must have. Not only does she say that reason is necessary, she contends that without reason, the world descends into a place where people can be manipulated into believing in illogical things. In short, York says that everyone should work to employ reason in …read more
- 19 Nov 2018
By Emma Kaden The First Thanksgiving took place in November 1621, and back then Thanksgiving was a way to celebrate the discovery of America. The pilgrims (supposedly) feasted on waterfowl, venison, ham, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. You probably can’t imagine having lobster at your Thanksgiving meal, right? That’s because the United States—and Thanksgiving—has evolved a lot since the 1600s. Most Americans know what foods belong on this year’s Thanksgiving table: turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin or pecan pie, dinner rolls—the whole shebang. Yet what not every American knows is how Thanksgiving dinner has …read more
- 15 Nov 2018
By Emma Kaden On November 11, 1918, World War I—then known as the Great War—ended. Not with a bang, but with an armistice signed by Germany and the Allies that finally made the guns fall silent. Much has changed since the armistice was signed—here’s a look at how the world has evolved since the end of World War I. As the Great War ended, American soldiers came home to seek employment and return to normalcy. Because military innovation and weaponry were no longer needed, scientists and inventors could turn their attention to more consumer-oriented products. In fact, in the decade …read more
- 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