Would FDR call HOAs fascist?

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.

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  1. The answer is ‘yes’. That’s exactly the description of HOAs as they exist today.

  2. sounds good to me, where do I sign up!!!

  3. I believe the only solution to the HOA violation of our constitutional rights as property owners as well as our inherent property rights is the repeal of all HOA statutes in every state! “reform” or amending such statutes only makes a bigger mess, witness the State of Florida! A fancy-pants attorney by the name of Dudley located in Tallahassee, FL, it is my understanding, conjured up this outrageous scheme to separate purchasers of properties from their right to peacefully enjoy their home and property, take money from those same owners and thus enrich developers with a stream of cash for doing virtually nothing, which they craftily and fraudulently transfer to their personal enrichment, yes–to provide a “rich and famous” lifestyle! These developers share and compare notes on how to hire crooked lawyers who draft up and file fraudulent documents that flagrantly violate state statutes governing HOAs, yes it’s a lucrative business for these “lawyers”; meanwhile, state legislators who accepted suitcases of “pay to play” contributions from the builder/developer industries who have been raking in billions from this cozy arrangement, fail to write enforcement powers into HOA and condo statutes–they are useless to protect the hapless victims of this powerful, ruthless industry! Got half a mil to take these exploiters to court? Well, that’s what it will take–if you can even FIND a lawyer who isn’t “in the bag” to the developer Industry! This has gone on for decades. All the government players pass your complaints around like a hot potato, and none of the exploiters taking millions of dollars a year from mostly retired folks who THOUGHT they were buying from legitimate, law-abiding builders–found out quite the opposite! The time is now to demand of your state legislators that this RACKET they codified into state statute be repealed! The key is to stick together and bring strong and unrelenting pressure to document the fraud, prosecute the developers and board members cheating owners, and change or eradicate the laws enabling them!

    If we have to resort to OCCUPYING state capitols–so be it!

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