#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.”
- 9 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden “The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that occurred on December 16, 1773, at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing ‘taxation without representation,’ dumped 342 chests of British tea into the harbor. The event was the first major act of defiance to British rule over the colonists. It showed Great Britain that Americans wouldn’t take taxation and tyranny sitting down, and rallied American patriots across the 13 colonies to fight for independence.” HISTORY, “Boston Tea Party” The Boston Tea Party was a crucial event on the road to …read more
- 7 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden The color purple often represents loyalty and ambition, and the symbol of the heart represents love and emotion, so it comes as no surprise that the military medal that combines the two has become synonymous with bravery and devotion. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the American military who have been wounded or killed while serving, and today is the 234th anniversary of the medal’s creation. Since its inception, an estimated 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been awarded. The Purple Heart is the oldest and most prestigious military award still given to U.S. military members. The …read more
- 7 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden Recently, the tumult between Americans over politics has gotten more, well, tumultuous. Almost every conversation is politicized, and civil debate has given way to harassment, accusation, and even violence. It is getting increasingly difficult to have a discussion without passionate, misguided attempts to place blame on anyone with differing beliefs and ad hominem attacks. It’s hard to believe just how many reputations have been damaged by unfounded claims. Yet in many cases, this propensity toward condemning others for their political beliefs combines with a widespread groupthink mentality to create something altogether dangerous. A glimpse into recent news coverage …read more
- 6 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden One of the most prominent economic issues in the current political climate is welfare. Some believe welfare should be expanded so that Americans in poverty can receive government support; others believe welfare should be reformed so Americans on welfare will seek employment instead of benefits. However, there’s one fact that cannot be overlooked: welfare spending has not decreased poverty. If anything, quite the opposite is true. “Poverty is down relative to pre-welfare-reform levels even before taking into account the safety net programs that expanded after 1996, and even before taking into account the programs that conservatives propose …read more
- 3 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden Nowadays, many politicians are criticized for acting like animals, but is that really a bad thing? In at least eight cities across America, animals—goats, dogs, cats, cows, and even a mule—have been elected into political office. Perhaps that’s a little impawsible to believe, but when you consider how ruff the political climate is, maybee it’s time for a change. Animals can’t make policy decisions, you say? Irrelephant. Officials in the current political arena spark controversy over their decisions, abuse their power, and make resignation-provoking decisions. None of these qualities make for a very good politician, and animals …read more
- 2 Aug 2018
By Emma Kaden You may have heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist millennial who defeated incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th U.S. congressional district Democratic primary. However, you may not have heard of another millennial in the New York political arena: Naomi Levin, a Republican candidate for New York’s 10th U.S. congressional district. Despite their New York candidacies, there are many differences between these two millennials. Issue #1: Education Levin’s public stance on education is focused mainly on K-12 education—she argues in favor of school choice. According to her website, “What do we have to lose by trying more excellent …read more