Independence Day is about more than individual liberty. It celebrates the bravery of the revolutionaries, all British citizens who could have led comfortable lives as part of a global empire that sat astride the earth. Instead, they risked "our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor" against their mother country over the right to self-government. Unlike many civil wars today, the American Revolution was not fought for material gains or ethnic, religious, or tribal loyalties -- it was a revolution over an idea. And then the United States spread the gift of democratic self-government to other peoples that they barely knew. Just call up the photo of the Korean peninsula at night -- with only the free South brilliantly lit by electricity -- to see the blessings to the world of America's pursuit of freedom and democracy.