#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.


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.

"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

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    Review of Lying As a Way of Life: Corruption and Collectivism Come of Age in America, by Alexandra York, 2016, FutureNow Press, 62 pages, $.0.99 at amazon.com This brief and extremely affordable e-book will prove for most to be an eye-opening intellectual examination of the roots of contemporary discontents, both depressing and enlightening but perhaps the best dollar you ever spent. Alexandra York is an accomplished, award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction works, and her writings are always thought-provoking. Though brief, this book reads like a life’s work which has been submerged for years just beneath the surface of …read more

  • 6 Rules For Good Government From The World Of Narnia

    The danger of following politics is that you always follow politics. You start to see politics in everything: the subplot of your daughter’s school play, the choice of wine at your neighbor’s party, and even how the grocery clerk greets you. It can happen anytime, even during your child’s bedtime story. I was recently reading C.S. Lewis’s classic, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” to two of my younger children, and something struck me I hadn’t noticed in previous readings. Perhaps the debate between keeping Obamacare or replacing it with Obamacare lite was on my mind. Or perhaps my thoughts still …read more

  • The Wings of Tradition and Personal Character

    It was my good fortune several days ago to attend a “winging” ceremony in which those who had passed their naval training were given their wings as official U.S. Navy aviators. The dedication, hard work, and perseverance of these young men and women exemplify those elements of American history that make this nation so exceptional. They have achieved much in their two years of training, overcoming rigorous physical and mental hardship, and their achievements should not go unnoticed. Gaining their wings will not be the final step of their journey, for they will go on to be deployed and stationed …read more

  • Soft Despotism Is the Unique Threat to American Liberty

    Contrary to partisan and doomsayer laments, the United States remains exceptional, even in regard to its unique despotism. The US has been crafting its own unique despotism right under our hysterical noses. While people worry and wait for the next totalitarian in our midst, raising the specter of Hitler or Mussolini or Stalin or Mao to slander their political opponents, the country has not yet transformed into some totalitarian fresh hell. America is not Stalinist Russia or Hitler’s Nazi Germany or Cromwell’s England or Robespierre’s France. America isn’t even Maduro’s socialist Venezuela or Putin’s autocratic Russian Federation or Duterte’s Philippines. No, …read more

  • A City of Self-Starters: America’s Forgotten Forerunner to Silicon Valley

    Before Silicon Valley became a world-renowned technology hub, the home of US innovation was in Dayton, Ohio. It’s almost impossible to go one day without using one of its inventions. But how is it faring now? One particular valley springs to mind when thinking of American innovation. It’s where brilliant engineers and scrappy entrepreneurs tinker late at night in their garages, until they come up with the perfect solution to a problem. And then they found start-ups that make them fabulously wealthy. But before Silicon Valley there was the Miami River Valley near Dayton, Ohio. And if Silicon Valley has …read more

  • Five Reasons Marxism Has Nothing to Offer Millennials

    For millennials looking to shake off a dull weekend with a good economics or philosophy book, Marxism is one topic you might want to avoid. Anyone who has taken the time to read either Karl Marx or Friedrich Engels would, hopefully, realize just how lucky they are to live in a relatively free society. But for those who do manage to find some merit in Marxism, here are five things every millennial should consider before subjecting their minds to the oft-appealing ideology. 1. Millennials Love Choice, Marxism Rejects It Marxist doctrine discourages individual creativity in favor of state control over …read more