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    Educating John

    Every summer, thousands of high school and college students flock to Washington, D.C., to learn about our government and meet senior government officials.  These invaluable internships give tomorrow’s leaders an up-close-and-personal experience they could never get from mere classroom work. As a former senior official, I often participate in debates … More

    Global Public Opinion: Declining U.S., Rising China

    According to a recent global survey, opinion of the United States continues to be generally favorable in most regions of the world, but it appears that America may be on its way to lose its status as the dominant global superpower. The American image now faces several new and worrisome … More

    Millennials Embrace American Exceptionalism

    In the wake of last week’s Independence Day celebrations, millions of young Americans are embracing their freedom. While Generation Yers may have the stereotype of being self-centered, many of them not only view themselves as exceptional — they hold the same view of America as well. A recent poll commissioned … More

    Marco Rubio’s Exceptional America

    The idea of “American exceptionalism” has become a litmus test for patriotism in the last year or so. Politicians from both parties have realized that it resonates with American citizens and have hastened to add it to their list of buzz words. However, it is used often without explanation, which … More

    VIDEO: Celebrate Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday

    This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth. A man of many talents and accomplishments, his sense of humor and contagious optimism are perhaps most missed today as our nation faces a host of difficult challenges. As we recall in our new video celebrating his birthday, when … More

    Morning Bell: Losing the Future

    Last night, in his State of the Union, President Barack Obama claimed, “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. … That’s how our people will prosper. That’s how we’ll win the future.” This is true. But then he went on to say: “We know … More

    Taking Exception to American Exceptionalism

    American exceptionalism is currently at the heart of a great debate over the country’s future and, according to one presidential hopeful at least, will be “one of the two or three deciding issues in 2012.” USA Today devoted its cover story yesterday to the storm of controversy that President Obama’s … More

    Why Does American Exceptionalism Matter?

    In his acceptance speech on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, Senator-Elect Marco Rubio of Florida said, “Americans believe with all their hearts…that the United States of America is simply the single greatest nation in all of human history, a place without equal in the history of all mankind.” The reality of … More

    Presidential Mojo No Substitute for Understanding America

    Almost two years ago, after President Obama’s obsequious bow before a Saudi prince, many Americans began to wonder whether this “citizen of the world” knew what he was doing with America’s foreign policy. The passage of time has revealed a stunning lack of diplomatic sophistication and a dangerous misunderstanding of … More

    Heritage in Focus: Matt Spalding on American Exceptionalism

    At an event in Florida last week, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Marco Rubio told a crowd: This race is not your traditional race. It is a referendum on our identity. This race forces us to answer a very simple question: Do we want our country to … More