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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.


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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."

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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    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

    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

    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

  • Be Wary of ‘Cause Junkies’

    By Alexandra York There is anger in this land. There is violence. There is disdain for law. There is hysterical emotionalism. What do all of these conditions have in common? A cause. Without individual identity created by purposeful value selection, what is left for malcontents to do in order to receive the unearned except regress into modern versions of primitive tribal groups that claim a shared identity and cause? We now have tribes defined by gender identity, gender-preference identity, race identity, ethnic identity, and more. Each cause-driven tribe seeks special treatment. One person alone will usually desist from outrageous demands …read more

  • American Decline: Seven Factors and Seven Solutions

    By Chris Talgo Like all nations, the people of the United States have faced challenging times. From world wars to economic turmoil, Americans have not cowered in times of peril. The very notion of America is rooted in struggle and grit. Tenacity and determination have been central to the American ethos since the founding of the nation. How else did a ragtag militia defeat the mighty British military? In 2018, the United States does not face one existential crisis, but rather a series of internal problems that may foster its decline from superpower status. In The 7 Factors Turning America …read more

  • A Tribute to the Entrepreneurial Spirit

    By Chris Talgo Rarely does Hollywood make a movie that vividly celebrates American values. Contemporary Hollywood has become an echo chamber of social justice and liberal ideology. Just watch any entertainment awards ceremony and you’ll surely receive a dissertation on America’s sins and injustices. Yet every once in a while, a movie is produced that captures the essence of American exceptionalism. Such is why the recent release of The Greatest Showman is so notable. As Brittany Hunter points out in The Greatest Showman and the Beauty of the Entrepreneurial Spirit, this movie defies the conventional Hollywood narrative by shining a …read more