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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

  • By Emma Kaden Three years ago, a new Broadway show took the United States by storm, redefining the way Americans interact with theatre and causing an ever-growing cultural sensation. That show is Hamilton, a hip-hop musical almost everyone knows about, if only because it’s nearly impossible to get tickets. Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, “the ten-dollar Founding Father without a father,” America’s first treasury secretary, and the man who so heavily influenced the foundation of the United States. The musical, written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, gives life to the Founding Fathers, making it easier for a general …read more

  • By Emma Kaden The U.S. education system has its flaws and its advantages, just like every other education system in the world. However, the United States outranks other countries when it comes to higher education, for one very specific reason: the American higher education system was created under very unique circumstances. In terms of the number of Nobel laureates produced, eight of the world’s top ten universities are in the United States. Forty-two of the world’s 50 largest university endowments are in America. And, when ranked by research output,15 of the top 20 institutions are based in the US.” According to …read more

  • By Emma Kaden Education is a crucial element to ensure a bright future for America—children will eventually become the adults who lead the nation—and it is our responsibility to prepare them for success. Students should be taught how to think critically, express themselves, and interpret the world around them. Art education, often overlooked and easily dismissed in favor of math and science, provides an essential outlet for creativity and self-development. According to a speech from Alexandra York, author and art critic, the lack of art education in American schools is keeping children from reaching their full potential. York’s speech, originally …read more

  • By Scott A. McConnell Remember Shane, Bonanza and The Lone Ranger? In novel, film and television, westerns once ruled the range. Until the 1960s westerns were the most popular fiction genre and remained popular until the 1970s. In his book The Searchers the western historian Glenn Frankel tells us that western novels “consistently outsold all genres, including the closest competitor, the detective story—whose protagonist was, after all, just another version of the Western hero”. Frankel notes that “of the 300 million paperbacks sold in 1956, one third were westerns”.   Western films were similarly popular. As Frankel reports, “Westerns by the mid-1950s accounted for one third of the output …read more

  • It is no secret that most elites in academia, Hollywood, and the mainstream media lean towards the left end of the political spectrum—and have so for decades. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that they have created a cultural landscape that is aligned with their views and beliefs. Unfortunately, this has evolved (or devolved) to the point where we now have a culture not only antagonistic to traditional values, but also oppositional to objective truth. As several recent events demonstrate (Ferguson, Russian “collusion”, debates over climate change and gun violence, etc.) facts don’t matter—feelings do. Just how did …read more

  • By Ilana Mercer Not a day goes by when the liberal media don’t telegraph to the world that a “Trumpocracy” is destroying American democracy. Conspicuous by its absence is a pesky fact: Ours was never a country conceived as a democracy. To arrive at a democracy, we Americans destroyed a republic. One of the ways in which the republic was destroyed was through the slow sundering of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. The 10th was meant to guarantee constitutional devolution of power. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the …read more