A growing portion of our country is convinced the US has been nothing but a genocidal, racist, slave state from its beginnings. That, of course, is ridiculous. Americans of all identities, no matter their station and no matter how often Americans failed to live up to our blessings, are beneficiaries of one of the few revolutions in human history that worked and kept its promises. If we want to know how most revolutions end up (present revolutionaries likely included), we should reread Orwell’s Animal Farm. Now read The Declaration of Independence, be thankful, and have a Happy July 4th.