Our nation was established as a force for good in the world, Heritage Foundation founder Ed Feulner writes in the Washington Times.

Independence Day is a reminder that we must be proud of, and always live up to, our “noble inheritance” of liberty, he says.

When the Founders made the commitment to stand together and break free of British rule in the name of liberty and independence, they were truly putting everything on the line . . . Because of America’s dedication to the permanent truths expressed in the Declaration of Independence, our nation has a special responsibility to uphold the cause of liberty both at home and abroad. While we have not always lived up to this responsibility, no nation has aspired so high and achieved so much as ours . . . And that’s the kind of nation we celebrate each Fourth of July. We have much to be proud of — and much to live up to.

How will you preserve America’s founding principles?

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