In his message to Congress on “The Concentration of Economic Power” on April 29, 1938, President Roosevelt said,
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power. ” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
It is quite clear that President Roosevelt could have been speaking about homeowner associations, HOAs, right here in America — those private governments created for the benefit of the developers who “toss” certain benefits to local public governments, the realtors, and the buyers.
What has happened to America? What has happened to those cherished values of demoncracy, of justice, and of liberty for all? Today, some would have you believe that public government is to be run like any other private business. America has been infiltrated and overthrown from within!
Years from now, when Europeans come here to ask, How could this happen in America, they will hear the same answers as given by the average German after WW II. Americans had gone to Germany after WW II to understand how could the German people allow the Nazis to come to power. They discovered that the people accepted the benefits brought by the fascists, and they gave lame excuses as to their acceptance of the oppressive Nazi rule. (See the paperback, They Thought They Were Free, Milton Mayer, 1955 and Can substantive HOA reform legislation happen?).
Our “Constitution has been turned on its head“, as a leading public interest organization wrote. And it continues every day with the spread of the HOA legal scheme.