This 275 page paperback is expected to be available in August 2008.
Bill Moyers wrote about history and journalism (Moyers On Democracy, Bill Moyers, Doubleday, 2008), saying that “Bad history can have consequences as devastating as bad journalism. . . . history is also what people think, and wish and imagine. ” He asked, “What happens if the vivid representation of particular characters and people impress on the mind not ‘general truths’ but persistent lies”?
First, let me say that I’m not a lawyer, and this is not a book on the law although it draws heavily on the political and legal systems. This little volume consists of a selection of my writings, mainly my Commentaries on my HOA Local Government web page, and from my
numerous emails over the past eight years. During that time I was actively involved as an advocate for homeowners living in planned communities – HOAs or condos – in an attempt to clarify history and to inform the public, the media, the various state legislatures, and anyone who would listen.
My involvement has been primarily in two areas: constitutional reforms, and justice for homeowners living in these authoritarian regimes “sanctioned” by their state legislatures. Materials and incidents reflecting the fact that homebuyers are not told the whole truth about the loss of their rights and protections are provided in support of my arguments. When homeowners took possession of their restricted deeds, believing that the HOA was just like a social club, or part of this country under the laws of the land, the courts held them bound to the HOA-land constitution, the CC&Rs. Any onerous provisions where not given too much thought, because the buyers
Without the protections of a bill of rights, homeowners live under the suffrage of their board. All usually goes fairly well until the homeowner disagrees with the board, or offends the “powers that be”, whereupon he quickly discovers that he has very, very little legal protections. And those that he still retains, requires digging into his own pocketbook to get the HOA to obey the laws, because the state doesn’t care. This could be within months, within a year or after 5 – 10 years. Your government considers it to be a private contractual matter – just between the parties without any affect on the interests of the public in general, or on public policy.
2 thoughts on “Establishing the New America: a new book”