If you haven’t heard, a Tennessee firehouse let a house burn down because the owner didn’t pay a subscription fee, above paying his general taxes. The firehouse is operating as a business: revenues = expenses. But, they are a public government entity and not a business!
CAI, in its efforts to avoid having HOAs declared a de jure public entity, and subject to constitutional restrictions, has confused the issue by treating the HOA as a privately contractual business. As I have explained many times (See in general, Understanding the New America of HOA-Lands), government is more than a business, simply based on their objectives — making a profit vs serving the people. The HOA legal scheme as a fascist style of constitution — the state comes first above individual liberties and freedoms, and the objective of the state is corporation/business based. The same as we see with the firehouse.
The purpose of our government is clearly stated in the Preamble to the Constitution, and by the Social Contract (see Understanding) whereby man surrenders his natural rights to government in exchange for protection of their unalienable rights against harmful factions in society, to provided for a smooth and organized functioning of society by setting rules and regulations, by caring for those facing hardships, and by punishing offenders of the society’s rules (criminal acts).
This incident is just but one incident of the blurring of the lines between institutionalized private HOA governments and public government. Our elected representatives are confused about the purpose of government. Government cannot be done away with under dogmatic ideological cries of “government intrusion”, but is necessary for justice, to protect our freedoms, and in no way can be seen as evil while subversive — opposing Constitutional government — HOAs are praised and mandated.