#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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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
“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.”
- The End of Tolerance And Enforced Morality
23 Jun 2017
Are you having a fun Culture War 4.0? It’s certainly been a crazy ride for Indiana state representatives, who appear to be caving to pressure to “clarify” RFRA language after being assaulted for being anti-gay. Across the country, the opportunity for grandstanding has been seized by the sort of unserious people you would expect: the Washington governor and Seattle mayor have banned official travel to Indiana in the wake of the law. Connecticut’s governor displayed his own inability to understand the law in his state by banning travel there as well. And I’m fine with that, because hey, government officials shouldn’t be using taxpayer money …read more
- The Price of Advancement
22 Jun 2017
A short time ago, Matthew Hutson published an article entitled “Beyond the Five Senses” discussing the future of technological advancement in The Atlantic. The article delves into the different possibilities that technology can provide humans with, such as hearing images, sensing moonquakes, telepathic connections, borrowing new and different sense from the animal kingdom, etc. While these developments are exciting and may potentially open up numerous opportunities for those struggling with health conditions, there is also the consideration of ethics to be taken into account. According to Hutson: Some researchers think we may eventually install a port in our brains that …read more
- American Exceptionalism is Human Exceptionalism
21 Jun 2017
“American exceptionalism” is a term that irritates a lot of media and global elites. The term also functions as a Rorschach test: people project their perceptions onto it. Depending on your politics, you may see in it greatness or greed, a culture of opportunity or a culture of inequality, a sense of generosity towards the world or a nationalistic sense of superiority against it. President Obama’s speech to the Democratic convention last month shows the Left is in the process of redefining and appropriating the term. This is curious, because this administration’s policies are building the sort of massive bureaucratic state that …read more
- Wonder Woman: Light in the Darkness
20 Jun 2017
With the recent release of Wonder Woman, a film that has been sweeping box offices and managed to rake in $100 million in domestic sales during its first weekend in theaters, comes the opportunity to examine the superhero’s effect on our perceptions of morals and society. Initially, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical of the film as I wasn’t too keen on paying to see a movie in which the heroine would no doubt be a hypersexualized female figure aweing all with her beauty instead of her ingenuity and intellect. However, after seeing it, I was pleasantly surprised at …read more
- The Importance of Property Rights
19 Jun 2017
Political and economic institutions–the rules, laws, and customs that guide behavior–help determine living standards around the world. New research by Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson (2005) reveals that among these institutions well-defined and enforced property rights are most important in shaping long-run economic growth and thus prosperity. In any economy there are two key rules of the game: property rights institutions, which include protections against expropriation by the government, and contracting institutions, which facilitate private contracts between citizens. Acemoglu and Johnson find that, when property rights institutions protect people from expropriation (for example, via high taxes, price controls, or outright …read more
- Zinn’s America
16 Jun 2017
Recently, writer for American Thinker, David Prentice published a piece on well-known historian, Howard Zinn. Zinn played a major role in popularizing the leftist views concerning government and history in America. His views have become integrated into the education system and mainstream thinking, discouraging children to grow up with national pride in favor of generally negative opinions of the country. “He became a famous, or accurately infamous, historian. Zinn, more than any other man, turned our history books on their heads, and in a way, changed the contemporary course of history. ‘Who controls the past, controls the future.’ He excelled …read more