Namby Pamby In Colorado

Even the normally pro-CAI lobby in the Colorado legislature is looking at a couple of bills which could slightly moderate the horrific powers of Homeowner Associations.

Deborah Grigsby writes in OurColorodo that lawmakers are “mulling over” two bills that would impact the ability of Homeowners Associations to foreclose on homeowners who are late on their fees. A second law would require that all community managers be somehow “professionally credentialed.”

Well, dad-gummit Miss Grigsby! I’m sure you’re a nice enough lady. But I wonder if the signers of our Declaration of Independence “mulled over” the fact that by signing that document they were essentially signing their own death warrants? And I wonder if John Adams, and James Madison “mulled over” giving an extra Bill of Rights to all American citizens?

No, our founders fought tooth-and-nail and risked their lives to give Americans true independence. And they didn’t require that lower level managers got “professionally credentialed.”

Can’t reporters get it through their thick skulls and muddled minds that our elected leaders SWORE AN OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION?

That’s what’s missing in all these fractious little debates around the country over who and what should have the power to fine, lien and foreclose, and if so, when.

Dang it! LOOK AT THE CONSTITUTION! And for your bathroom break, READ THE BILL OF RIGHTS! It’s mighty clear that this country was founded on some pretty basic principles which we all seem to have forgotten as we buzz open the fancy gates of our gated neighborhoods, and on hands and knees beg a private non-profit neighborhood association for permission to plant just one extra rosebush.

Americans are to bow to no man. None.

And that’s not arrogance.

It’s what we fought and died for.

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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