Rediscovering Values

guest blog by George Staropoli

For a society, a community, to function in an orderly manner there must be not only rules, but a firm belief in the need to enforce just and fair rules and laws. Political philosophy says that where laws are unjust and unfair, then the democratic government is not legitimate, cause the reason for forming a social contract and surrendering freedoms is just that.

Take for example the society of criminal known as the Mafia, or La Cosa Nostra (which literally means ‘our thing’). It had its enforcement squad for those who did not want to abide by the rules – called Murder, Inc. But, they were criminals anyway.

Our elected representatives and national leadership has lost its way long ago. Obama, in today’s news, makes a statement to the audience and cameras, “what did we do to PISS OFF . . . .” From the President of the United States on national TV! What will Michelle tell a kid who asks, Why did the president say a dirty word?

CAI operates outside society’s rules, as they once were, and does its own thing. We need to return to those values as stated by Rev. Jim Wallis, and paraphrased by me:

We have . . . substituted ‘market value’ for ‘moral value’. . . . Do we want [property] values to prevail everywhere and in all things? Are there some areas of life where [property] values should not determine what is most important — personal and family relationships, ethics and religion, community and public service and social justice? Are there certain things degraded when [property values] are allowed to be the ultimate measure? Are there certain social values and practices that are higher than market values?


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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.

4 thoughts on “Rediscovering Values

  1. Tommy

    the society of criminal known as the Mafia, or La Cosa Nostra (which literally means ‘our thing’).

    Nice property values you got here. It would be a shame if anything were to happen to them.

    But if you pay us every month, we’ll protect them for you.

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  3. Nila Ridings


    Trust me. You can pay every month for years and the insanity of an HOA depreciates your property and nobody is protecting you…not even the neighbors who pretend to be friends.

    I’d say the top three causes of HOA failure is:

    1)Corruption, dishonesty, abuse, and bullying by board members and/or property managers

    2)Absence of money management skills by both; board members and property managers. Both seem to find a way for the money to end up in their bank accounts while the maintenance to the homeowners’ houses gets ignored or is done so poorly it becomes nothing but job security to a bunch of unskilled workers.

    3) Never-ending legal battles that only benefit the attorneys but do nothing for the homeowners’ health, happiness, or financial stability, including massive loss in property values.


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