#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.”
- Fathers Matter
19 Mar 2018
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
- Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ Speech More Relevant Than Ever
7 Mar 2018
By Chris Talgo Seventy-two years ago, Winston Churchill delivered a speech that established the global tone for nearly five decades. Speaking in the immediate aftermath of World War II at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Churchill provided an oratorical masterpiece that reset the stage for the next world conflict: the Cold War. Churchill’s speech, aptly titled “Sinews of Peace,” focused on two themes. First, it described the new threat to world security posed by the Soviet Union. In doing so, Churchill introduced the phrase “iron curtain” into the lexicon, an expression that symbolized communist tyranny. Secondly, it advanced Churchill’s ardent …read more
- America’s Current Struggle: The People v. The Elites
1 Mar 2018
By Chris Talgo Since its founding, America has been blessed with a robust streak of anti-elitism. It is no accident the nation’s founding document begins with the seminal words: “We the people.” America, born in a time when nobles dominated society and one’s birthplace largely set the course for one’s life, wholeheartedly rejected this antiquated notion. Many brave Americans risked life and limb in a seemingly fruitless attempt to establish their independence from the world’s foremost monarchy. By doing so, these courageous men and women established a government in which the people, not the elites, held power. For centuries, the …read more
- This President Deserves More Credit Than He Gets
15 Feb 2018
By Chris Talgo On February 19, Americans will “celebrate” President’s Day with a day off from school and work. Savvy shoppers will trek to the mall to take advantage of the myriad holiday sales. In recent years, President’s Day has become less about honoring the 44 men (Grover Cleveland served non-consecutive terms, making him the 22nd and 24th President of the United States) who have held the highest office in the land, and more about saving money on a new mattress. President’s Day, originally established in 1879 as Washington’s Birthday, recognized the birth of George Washington on February 22, 1732. …read more
- Celebrate George Washington on President’s Day
14 Feb 2018
By Edward Hudgins George Washington unfortunately has become a cliché. For an older generation, he was too often treated as such a mythic figure that it was difficult to appreciate his true importance. In today’s politically correct society many label him as a white, male oppressor. Most Americans celebrate his birthday by taking advantage of massive discounts at the mall. This is not a bad use of time, but it is appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the real greatness of George Washington and his moral leadership. Washington exemplified the spirit of early America. In his heart and …read more
- Another Angle on American Individualism
12 Feb 2018
By Chris Talgo Sometimes one simply needs a change of scenery in order to see things more clearly. Samuel J. Abrams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, recently experienced this phenomenon. As he documents in his article Seeing American Individualism from Japan, Abrams has found a renewed sense of hope for America after his recent trip to Japan. While abroad, Abrams noticed a stark contrast in Japanese and American culture concerning a wide range of topics. But something in particular stood out to Abrams: notions of individualism, hard work, and …read more