What is liberty? Posted in: Opinions What is liberty and how is it connected to the Declaration of Independence? The signers of the Declaration of Independence were pursuing liberty. Liberty is freedom from restraint, in a general sense and applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty when not checked or controlled according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. There is civil liberty, natural liberty, religious liberty etc. It is freedom to pursue happiness without Government trying to control you as was the case with Great Britain and the early American colonies.PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!