#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

  • The Show Must Go On…

    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

  • Whodunit? Who “Meddled” With Our American Democracy?

    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

  • Celebrate Tom Wolfe’s Conservative Legacy

    Tom Wolfe, an American literary icon, died this week at the age of 88. Although Wolfe’s legacy almost surely will be based on his immensely popular books, such as Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff, his cultural impact was far-reaching and more profound than most understand. Wolfe, born in Richmond, Virginia during the turmoil of the Great Depression, played semi-professional baseball after graduating from Washington and Lee University. After his ill-fated baseball career came to a halt, Wolfe earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. His doctoral thesis, The League of American Writers: Communist Organizational Activity …read more

  • Only Voters Can “Drain The Swamp”

    By Chris Talgo Historically, “drain the swamp” has referred to the emptying of swamplands to reduce mosquito populations, thereby curbing diseases such as malaria. Today, the phrase has become a popular political metaphor after being masterfully used by Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election. “Draining the swamp” now refers to the Trump administration’s effort to reduce the size and scope of the corrupt national government, thereby curbing political malfeasance. The reason why “drain the swamp” resonates with so many Americans is simple: It embodies their antipathy for the bloated, out-of-touch federal government. As the 2016 election clearly demonstrated, Americans …read more

  • MLK’s Legacy of Freedom

    By Lennie Jarratt April 4 is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tragic assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. On this sad occasion, Americans ought to reflect on MLK’s monumental life and reconsider his philosophy on our waning freedom. MLK awakened the oppressed to yearn for freedom and inspired them by example. Dr. King initiated a peaceful revolution with his tantalizing words and brave deeds. He preached love, respect, civil disobedience, and perseverance through trying times. His countless personal sacrifices led a generation to finally topple societal barriers. He did not seek violence, but when violence was inflicted upon …read more

  • Fathers Matter

    By Chris Talgo Thousands of students walked out of their classrooms in schools across the United States on March 14. Under the banner of the #NeverAgain movement, the student walkout occurred on the one-month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. While the political activism of these students is laudable, unfortunately they are improperly framing the problem of school shootings and gun violence. The vast majority of the student-led crusade following the deadly shooting in Parkland has focused exclusively on the issue of gun control. The premise put forward by student (and professional) activists, …read more