I swear, I’ve gotta quit doing stories about outrageous treatment of the American Flag, there are just too many of them. I could get stuck doing 12 or 15 stories a day. Still, I feel duty-bound to at least occasionally tell you when the latest cretin is pushing around his weight after having been given new power over other homeowners.
The latest victim of a flag outrage is a retired veteran named Larry Murphree of the Tides Condominium at Sweetwater, Jacksonville, Florida. It’s actually just a small flag that he placed in a flower pot on his porch. You can barely see it. It’s sticking in the flowerpot behind the right porch rail in the photo below. He’s been fined $8000 before and he got it settled in court.
by Deborah Goonan, Ormond Beach, FL
(The oft repeated rhetoric) is that further regulation of HOAs would amount to increased “government control.” In fact, the purpose and goal of smart regulation of HOAs is to protect owners’ rights by way of limiting the power of HOA corporate Board governance through a proven system of CHECKS AND BALANCES. The goals of regulation must not be to control community choice in HOAs, but rather to provide a favorable environment where the rights of owners are balanced against the rights of the Association, to allow for all members to have a voice in self-governance, and to promote harmony rather than division in communities.
George is one of the early champions, and one of the great minds in the Homeowners Rights Movement. This email made the rounds this week, so I’m posting it to try to bring more people into his fold.
I’ve been following your emails and blogs reflecting your activism in your state. It’s refreshing. Keep the dialogue up you guys and remember:
Illegitimati non carborundum (Don’t Let The Bastards Wear You Down) — Gen. Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell (WWII)
I am pleased with the criticism and exposure of CAI and its puppet associations of HOAs and managers. I refer to CAI as the Evil Empire, because its miniscule majority of HOA members is less than 1% yet it dominates and shapes all state legislation. The question becomes: how to effect favorable HOA legislation in your state?
Talking between ourselves is great for unity and a better understanding of the extent of the “virus.” And by doing so we can better reach out to the legislators and educate them to offset the years of the Ministry of Propaganda and National Enlightenment
, which in today’s world refers to CAI (was Goebbels’ NAZI agency). In my mind the broadest impact lies in reforming the 5 issues contained in my HOA Common Sense: rejecting private government
. Of course, we must also deal with the existing unjust laws that affect HOA operations on a daily basis.
But, we cannot lose sight in all of our debates, discussions, statements and emails where we want to be, and that’s getting HOA reform legislation enacted. That is the only place where change can come about (note how the AZ legislature ignored the court decision on the unconstitutional HOA statutes of last year and has allowed them to remain un-repealed). It would be nice if policy can be set through your efforts under the name of some national unity group.
I urge you to try to include this awareness in your battles with the Evil Empire.
There’s no better homeowners rights advocate in the country than CalHomeLaw.org., in California. I wish they’d let me link directly to some of their blog posts, but they are a paid-only subscription website and I understand and respect that. In the meantime, I have to re-purpose some of their material, while giving them full credit.
CalHomeLaw.org has been vigorously lobbying against Internet voting for Homeowners Associations. The reason is obvious. The Homeowners Association industry is a wasps nest of fraud and once they get Internet voting passed, you and I as private property owners are toast.
Across HOA Amerika there’s a desperate struggle to prevent homeowners from displaying the American Flag. “They’re not earth colors,” says the CAI and Associa, and a myriad of other HOA management firms that get their marching orders from above.
Thus, there was legal action taken against Colonel Barfoot who served in three wars, won the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery, a Silver star, a Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts. and saluted the flag outside his door each morning and evening. Then there was the case in Texas where a former Marine fought a pitched battle to display a few patriotic bumper stickers on his car.