The committee chosen to draft a declaration of independence for the 13 North American British colonies is shown at work in this 19th century engraving. (Associated Press)

There is plenty wrong with our political class and our media, but much more right about America. A more good-hearted, reasonable and optimistic citizenry you will not find. We enjoy prosperity and freedoms unmatched in human history. We are blessed to live in America, which remains the last, best hope for the planet.

So enjoy your Fourth and thank a military person for his or her service. We’ll be back on Sunday.