This 4th, we will substitute 'Government' for 'Admins' with several Thomas Jefferson Quotes. When the men who signed the Declaration of Independence did so on July 4th, 1776, they did so not only to rid themselves of an oppressive government but also in order to establish rights that they felt inherent. It was their belief that no entity, organization, sole person, or government should interfere in the delivery of those rights. So that's why they signed the Declaration of Independence. That's why they risked their lives to take a stand. And Americans celebrate with fireworks, hot dogs, and ridiculously over-the-top displays of patriotism because 'Murica but also because of the historic and heroic significance of what men like Thomas Jefferson stood for.

Sometimes on Gaia, there are instances where users feel silenced in their criticisms of the administration, either by staff or by fellow members. We'd like to remind the Gaian community this Fourth of July that Gaians United is an opportunity for any Gaian who feels silenced to speak out. If Gaia (as a whole) won't grant you the right or fair opportunity to speak out in protest or start a reasonable discussion, Gaians United will.

This is why we exist. We won't deny Gaia's legal authority as a private institution or bog ourselves down with any of the common retorts in comparing Gaia to a government. When the question is simply between what is 'legal' and what is 'right'... we'll let our readers have their own interpretation but always err on the side of presenting what we feel is 'right' because off-site, we are protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

"When the people fear the [administration], there is tyranny. When the [administration] fears the people, there is liberty".

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of [administration] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny".

"Every [administration] degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories".

"The spirit of resistance to [administration] is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to always be kept alive".

From the Declaration of Independence:

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under their absolute despotism. It is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such [administration] and provide new guards for their future security".