This issue of the Community Association Institute’s house organ, Common Ground, has the strongest language for the triumph of private agreements to supersede the US Constitution, making the Constitution a meaningless piece of paper, a meaningless document, and an empty compact between the people and the state. “The right to regulate activities within a community association is an embodiment of our constitutional rights to enter into agreements with our neighbors” so proclaims CAI. It implies that the community association is just another corporate entity, and not the governing body that regulates and controls the people within its borders, which is the essential ingredient that distinguishes a corporation from a political government, a state.
CAI is falsely arguing that anybody can write an agreement to circumvent the Constitutional protections that forms the basis of our political system of government. In essence, CAI is advocating the rejection of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land and you and your neighbor can draft a new constitution as you see fit, ignoring the original Founding Fathers document. And so can another group, and another, and another, and so on. Why Is CAI arguning so? Perhaps because as private organizations, HOAs are not bound by the Constitution and can do as they please – the Constitution be damned!
CAI bitterly complains in this piece about one “disgruntled resident “[who] used the power of government to limit the freedoms of association residents” and caused Arizona to use its legitimate police powers to regulate people and organizations, and to protect the constitutional free speech rights to fly the Gadsden Flag in HOAs
And, seemingly desperate, CAI lets its readers know where it stands: The one constant is that your colleagues at CAI, working through 33 state legislative action committees, are fighting to protect associations and ensure a healthy business environment for the companies that support our communities” (Emphasis added). CAI does not stand for the people, but for the undemocratic governing body of subdivision territories known as homeowners associations. And, CAI says it loud and clear, making it quite explicit: CAI is “fighting to . . . ensure a healthy business environment for the companies that support our communities.”That is, for their members, the lawyers and their self-proclaimed professional management firms. Let the Legislators hear well!
CAI is firmly behind the New America of HOA-Land of independent principalities unaccountable to any state in the Union. A balkanized hodge-podge of independent “city-states, under a parallel constitution known as the Uniform Common-Interest Ownership Model Act (UCIOA) and its variants across this country. Brought to you by the legal-academic aristocrats who have avoided any discussion of secession or repudiation of the principles of our American system of government. But, running to the state for protection as any principality must do. And the civil government of the state abdicates its duties under the US and state Constitutions, and protects these regimes against its own citizens.
“Fees, Finances and Flags,” Common Ground July-Aug 2011, CAI.