My family and friends know all too well that I am no fan of homeowners' associations. I lived in a subdivision for nine years that had one and will never do so again. I find the idea that a group of private individuals, with no lawmaking or law enforcement authority, can tell me what I can and cannot do on my own property absolutely ludicrous. As a conservative, who supports private property rights, the idea of homeowners' associations is un-American and stinks of communism / socialism / fascism. The dues you have to pay each month to lawfully live in peace on your own property, that you paid for, kinda resembles "protection money" small businesses and individuals often are forced to pay to organized crime syndicates. In fact, that's a pretty good analogy - a homeowners' association is basically the mob. You pay them to leave you alone. If you don't pay them, they file a lien on your home and / or sue you. You know what I'm sayin' .... bada-bing-bada-boom.
I recently received an e-mail from a buddy about a man whose homeowners' association would not let him put up a flag pole and fly the American flag in his yard. Can you believe that - a man can't choose to fly Old Glory on this own property ? Are you kidding me ? What has happened to our country ? Anyway, guess what he did - he painted his house to resemble the American flag ! Gotta love it. Great way to spite "The Man."