#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

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  • By Emma Kaden and Chris Talgo On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared, “We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Unfortunately, Kennedy didn’t live to see his monumental goal achieved on July 20, 1969, when the United States landed on the Moon. At the time, such a feat was inconceivable. Yet the United States has accomplished many feats that seemed impossible. From winning the War for Independence to constructing a transcontinental railroad to …read more

  • By Emma Kaden Over the years, young children graduated from elite universities, started businesses, and accomplished other major feats. Many of these achievements can be attributed to parents fighting for their child to receive a high quality education. However, the current public school system fails to ensure that children reach their full potential. Federal and state governments overregulate education into a one-size-fits-all disaster. By doing so, the government prevents children from receiving a unique educational experience based upon their individual needs. Oftentimes, when someone meets a “gifted” child, one from the plethora of young graduates and accelerated learners, they call …read more

  • By Emma Kaden The United States was founded on powerful ideas: liberty, justice, and freedom for all. The future of America depends on the creation of even more powerful ideas, and there’s one source of ideas that will never run dry: books. Both fiction and non-fiction books provide a wealth of information and inspiration, and can even influence the way we live our lives. Characters, stories, anecdotes—these are things we absorb from books and other media and carry with us throughout our daily lives. In an article from the Foundation for Economic Education, James Walpole discusses the importance of remembering …read more

  • By Liam Sigler Military spending has become one of the biggest ongoing struggles within the annual U.S. government budget battle. Conservatives claim that the U.S. military is overworked and spread too thin. Sadly, this is true. Leftists counter that U.S. defense spending has increased dramatically, and they are correct as well. According to The Hill, in 2010, the U.S. government passed the highest defense budget ever—clocking in at an astronomical $774 billion (adjusted for inflation). Eight years later, after the wind down of two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq), the U.S. military budget is as bloated as ever. In 2018, $700 …read more

  • By Emma Kaden If you’ve ever been out and about during Girl Scout Cookie season, you know about the craze—people across the country scrambling to get their hands on a box, if not many, of those delicious sugary treats. But the best part of Girl Scout Cookies isn’t the cookies —it’s the experience. Whether you were a Girl Scout or have purchased cookies from a Girl Scout, you know that the entire marketing strategy is based on girls having face-to-face interactions with adults—those buying the cookies—and pitching their product. Tack on a limited buying window and the fact that the …read more

  • By Emma Kaden “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” — Declaration of Independence President Donald Trump will soon announce his nominee for a new U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and many are wondering who his pick will be. However, many are considering the U.S. justice system on a larger scale, and attempting to address its faults. One question in particular is important to discuss: what happened to “consent of the governed?” “Consent of the governed” is often misconstrued as the consent of Americans to let their political representatives take whatever action they see …read more