Liberty is the political freedom of an individual. It is one of the "unalienable rights" listed in the Declaration of Independence. America's core political values, called republicanism, are based on the extension of liberty to all. Liberty has been a powerful force in politics since the early 1800's, as governments around the world saw the success of the American model and have attempted to emulate it.
Quotes on liberty
- JFK said, "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty." 
- "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it." - Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand
- "I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave." - H.L. Mencken, 1927
- "Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end." - Lord Acton
- "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." - George Bernard Shaw
- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." - George Washington