#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.
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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.”
- Planting the Seeds of American Independence
26 Sep 2017
This year marks the 250th anniversary of one of the most influential series of writings in American history: the first of John Dickinson’s Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, which appeared in 1767. These “letters” — 12 newspaper op-eds later collected in book form — asserted the colonial cause against imperial British overreach and helped to lay the groundwork for the U.S. Constitution drafted two decades later. The letters also presented important ideas about resisting usurpation. John Dickinson (1732-1808) did not sign the Declaration of Independence, but in other respects, he was an American Founder of the first rank. With homes in …read more
- The Dos and Don’ts of Talking Liberty
25 Sep 2017
Nearly everyone knows there is something wrong with the world as it is. The liberty-minded person believes that he or she knows a major part of what is wrong. There is not enough flexibility and adaptability in the structures of government that presume to manage the social order. State systems have made life rigid and regimented–replete with regulations, taxes, mandates, and prohibitions–with the cost that too many people are excluded, demoralized, and impoverished. For moral and practical reasons, this situation must end. The vast majority of the human family continues to live under the illusion that giving government more power …read more
- Cultural Segregation Looms Ahead
21 Sep 2017
The issue of cultural appropriation has taken center stage in recent years as people increasingly denounce others for capitalizing on aspects of culture that are allegedly not their own. It is far from obvious, however, where one can draw the line between what can be considered celebrating and sharing culture and what can be characterized as theft. In addition, the assumption that using the same form or content as some previous cultural product is a form of theft is simply absurd. Art and culture cannot exist without form, nor can all content possibly be entirely original. Hence, the claims of …read more
- A Convention of the States
20 Sep 2017
Last week marked a momentous time in our nation’s history as delegates from across the nation came together in Phoenix, Arizona to discuss plans for an Article V-approved Convention of the States. The Heartland Institute has been following the proceedings carefully, providing live updates and information regarding the movement on their website. Though the convention held in the past week was not an Article V convention, its efforts to bring about one are a reminder of the Constitution’s continued relevance in today’s society as it persists in shaping and upholding the nation. Until recently, the Convention of States was not …read more
- J. J. Watt’s $30 Million Harvey Haul Is Everything Great About America, the Internet, and Football
19 Sep 2017
[Pro football player] J. J. Watt has raised, technically speaking, a mind-blowing amount of money since he started an online fundraising campaign for Hurricane Harvey victims the week the storm hit. Watt has raised so much money so quickly, I’m hesitant to put an exact number in this story as he’ll exceed it by the time it publishes, but it’s around $30 million now. His original goal was a couple hundred thousand bucks. So, why the eye-popping success? Why is an NFL defensive end the most successful philanthropist and online fundraiser in America right now? There are a couple of reasons, and they …read more
- Constitution and Citizenship Day
18 Sep 2017
Yesterday, September 17th, was Constitution and Citizenship Day, though many Americans were probably unaware. The holiday is one meant to commemorate the signing into existence of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. Unfortunately, in most years, this day comes and goes without much notice, barely a blip on the national radar and not even listed on most home calendars. You’d think a day celebrating one of the nation’s most central and foundational events would garner a bit more attention. In contrast, It would seem that focus on the study of the Constitution has dwindled in the …read more