And the Land Shall Be Made Good Again

guest blog by George Staropoli
In the beginning
There was the land,
And the land was good
And the people were happy.


Soon upon the land
Came the moneychangers
In the guise of builders
Of the community.


And the moneychangers said
Behold, the covenants, conditions and restrictions
Were sacred and holy works,
And the people shall flourish and prosper.


And the legislature looked upon these CC&Rs
And said they were sacred and holy,
And that land values shall multiply ten-fold,
And the people shall flourish and prosper.


But the moneychangers were not content,
Seeking laws that forced the people
Against their judgment and wishes
Into mandated planned communities.


Soon, the multitude became angry at their plight,
Yet the moneychangers and legislature
Cast the people into involuntary servitudes
With continued tithes while disputes went unresolved.


The child-like people, seeking paradise
On earth and the gates of heaven,
Were not permitted audiences
With the magistrates.


And so the multitude suffered
A long and terrible time,
Praying for a savior one day
To deliver them from their existence.


One sect sought the accommodation
With the ruling powers and moneychangers.
Another sought a cleansing
Of an unworkable oppression upon the people.


Those seeking accommodation held fast to their desires
To see their fortunes on earth multiply ten-fold,
And that all such plans were good and just,
For the land values increased for all the community.


But many saw the desecration of the beliefs, values and ideals
Of the founders of the Great Nation that covered the land,
Saying behold the society that thou hast created,
Where Me First has replaced Love Thy Neighbor.


A babble of communities arose
By the followers of the moneychangers,
With beliefs, values and ideals of the Old Ways,
Once rejected by the Founders of the Great Nation.


Woe unto the followers of the moneychangers
For the sins of the fathers shall be cast upon the sons.
Repent now and restore the beliefs, values and ideals
Of the Great Nation and make the land good once again.
               copyright 2006 by George Staropoli


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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.

2 thoughts on “And the Land Shall Be Made Good Again

  1. Nila Ridings

    George is AMAZING!!!

    What a gift he is to those of us on the mission to expose the truth about HOAs!


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