Most people are under the impression that the words "freedom" and "liberty" are synonymous. They're not.
The legal definition of liberty from: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/liberty
The state of being free; enjoying various social, political, or economic rights and privileges The concept of liberty forms the core of all democratic principles. Yet, as a legal concept, it defies clear definition.
The modern conception of liberty as implying certain fundamental or basic rights dates back to the writings of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century theorists such as Francis Hutcheson and John Locke. Hutcheson believed that all people are equal and that they possess certain basic rights that are conferred by Natural Law. Locke postulated that humans are born with an innate tendency to be reasonable and tolerant. He also believed that all individuals are entitled to liberty under the natural law that governed them before they formed societies. Locke's concept of natural law required that no one should interfere with another's life, health, liberty, or possessions. According to Locke, governments are necessary only to protect those who live within the laws of nature from those who do not. For this reason, he believed that the power of government and the rule of the majority must be kept in check, and that they are best controlled by protecting and preserving individual liberties. Locke's philosophies gave rise to the Separation of Powers and the system of checks and balances that are the basis of U.S. government.
Limitless freedom is untenable in a peaceful and orderly society. Yet, the founders of the United States were concerned that individual liberty interests be adequately protected. Echoing Locke's natural-law theory, the Declaration of Independence states that all people have inalienable rights, including the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Similarly, the Preamble to the Constitution outlines the Framers' intent to establish a government structure that ensures freedom from oppression. It reads, in part, "We the People … in Order to … secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…." The Bill of Rights sets forth a number of specific protections of individual liberties.
Through these documents, U.S. citizens are guaranteed Freedom of Speech, press, assembly, and religion; freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures; and freedom from Slavery or involuntary servitude. Criminal law and procedure require that a person may not be detained unlawfully and that a person who is accused of a crime is entitled to reasonable bail and a Speedy Trial. The right to be free from unlawful detention has been interpreted to mean not only that the government may not deprive a person of liberty without Due Process of Law, but also that a citizen has a right "to be free in the enjoyment of all his faculties; to be free to use them in all lawful ways; to live and work where he will; to earn his living by any lawful calling; and to pursue any livelihood or vocation" (Allgeyer v. Louisiana, 165 U.S. 578, 17 S. Ct. 427, 41 L. Ed. 832 ). State governments may not regulate individual freedom except for a legitimate public purpose and only by means that are rationally designed to achieve that purpose (see Nebbia v. New York, 291 U.S. 502, 54 S. Ct. 505, 78 L. Ed. 940 ).Of course the legal definition of liberty is hard to define, it make the entire word a legal strawman to be granted, smeared, or taken away as expedient by your public servants. You can say under liberty you have a 'right' to protest-yet you have to acquire a permit to do such a thing.
The liberties guaranteed to individuals are not granted without restriction. Throughout U.S. history, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that individual freedom may be restricted when necessary to advance a compelling government interest, such as public safety, national security, or the protection of the rights of others.
Military personnel are GRANTED liberty from duty.
If something sold to you as a 'freedom' is sold with restriction, it's not freedom. The patriot movement uses the word interchangeably with freedom in grievous error, as American tyrants can grant liberty all day long and at the same time find a different tact toward subverting that same purported liberty.
Liberty is granted by one's masters. It is a creed for slaves-a few bones with some strands of meat thrown to them... to you. Those bones can, have, and are being taken away from you.
Freedom is what you naturally have, or take. Freedom is something you choose to do-or not. There is no compromise with Freedom, there is no asking permission to exercises one's Freedom.
Liberty is a trap. The word's treatment by the general public as a synonym of Freedom is the bait, but the snare is that you're asking permission of someone that YOU hold above you to do or say something.
Freedom, you just do it.
Liberty's exercise is regulated by those you hold above you. There are restrictions and penalties for exceeding those restrictions-and of course there are the commonly accepted restrictions to wallpaper over the trap that you're not exercising Freedom.
Freedom requires you to be responsible to yourself. To Do The Right Thing which is the Golden Rule: do not unto others that which you wouldn't do unto yourself. This when held under Jesus' one commandment to Love God and Love Others as you do yourself, in an environment conducive to normal loving relationships means you exercise your Freedom and nobody else has to worry because you by your self-restraint aren't going to:
*Damage their property
That's it. Those that are afraid of true Freedom call it 'anarchy'. It requires no bureaucrats or police forces to manage millions of moral, Free people. That is why classical Christian self-restraint has been systematically purged. I mean, you dig out a old Leave It To Beaver cassette and you don't see Wally and Beaver on a busted up city street corner doing a drive by on their competitors... or for that matter snitching to the nearest bureaucrat about a neighbor growing organic vegetables on their front lawn to cover over holes dug to fix a natural gas pipeline. And you can certainly not dig up a Andy Griffin Show tape and see ol' Sheriff Andy and his goofy sidekick in tactical black carrying fully automatic weapons busting up organic co-ops or shooting friendly dogs, or planting drug evidence on a coveted property-then conducting a raid that... well, golly gee the home owner "resisted"... read he got hosed by those government granted machine guns.
That is the trap of liberty.
The word liberty in the hands of the lawyer caste running America is as dangerous to one's Freedom as is the word reasonable.
The word reasonable simply means some slick politician/ambulance chaser uses his well-honed rhetorical skills to hustle you out of what's yours. Most importantly your Freedom, but your wealth and property are what's generally coveted, and with defending yourself in their courts they take your time. Be advised that everyone from the cops to the court personnel, the judge, prosecutor and whatever shyster you hire to hustle you of your money are on the same team.
You're their opposition. You're their enemy.
And so as to make things run as smoothly as possible they will 'reason' with you as to why they have to steal your money for fines and court costs, why they have to vandalize your property because your organic garden in the front lawn violates their ordinances, why Sheriff Andy and Deputy Fife had to hose your friendly dog come running... had to hose your spouse because he picked up a gun to defend his property when those oath traitors come busting in your door to steal your property that they coveted and planted drug evidence to justify the raid.
Those lawyers want you to play their court game-and if they have to they'll do a jury trial, and get twelve stooges and/or idiots to find you guilty anyway after the prosecutor 'reasons' in front of them and states yes you have Liberty to own the property they had to plant drug evidence on (oops they don't mention that part), have Liberty to plant organic food-just not in the front that's not allowed. And most certainly don't make that organic food available at a co-op.
Homeboys Wally and the Beaver come busting in and do a home invasion? Well under our system of laws while we do have 'liberty' as a tenant of 'our' society, you shot those two minors with an unregistered handgun so you have to pay for your crime against THEIR society and go to prison and face the wrath of Wally and Beav's homies up in the joint....
Being Free means shooting all the above enemies on sight when they try their crap and do it under the banner of 'liberty'.