To My Fellow Americans,
As a long-time advocate for constitutional local government I am greatly disturbed by the existence of local governments that exist and function every day throughout America, but are not subject to the US Constitution. They are known as homeowners associations. Special interests have effectively campaigned not to have HOAs viewed as a second form of political government, but this effort is misleading and self-serving.
HOAs do provide a beneficial service to the community, but at the cost on an unknowing surrender and waiver of basic homeowner rights and protections – the misleading aspect of the statements made by pro-HOA special interests. However, the benefits of HOAs can be obtained within our constitutional system of government, which provides protections that are absent in the imposed profit-seeking developer CC&Rs contracts.
I ask each of you to consider the following question:
Is it proper for the state to create, permit, encourage, support or defend a form of local government of a community of people that is not compatible with our American system of government?
The answer to this question by state legislatures has been, Yes, thereby permitting HOA secession and establishing the HOA as an independent principality.
As stated in the We the People petition to the White House, state legislatures have failed to uphold the Constitution and protect homeowner private property rights, and their privileges and immunities under the Constitution. In view of this default, only the Federal government can provide this protection. It is a necessary and legitimate function of the Federal government to protect your rights and freedoms without overburdening contractual rights.
Let Washington know that we are still citizens of this country; we are still Americans!!
(Expired Dec. 21, 2012 with a pitiful 76 petitions).
George K. Staropoli