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“Union power, gained by legislation, even without physical violence, is still violence."
- Ron Paul, quoted in The Fiscal Times ( December 26, 2011 )
“H.O.A. power, gained by legislation, even without physical violence, is still violence."
-Ron Paul, in some alternate universe
If proponents of free-markets and capitalism (who often conflate the two as though they were the same thing) are smart, they would be distancing themselves from homeowners associations, painting H.O.A. corporations as the failures of the collective ownership of private property that they are.
Because if H.O.A.s are the result of free-markets and capitalism -- as their supporters claim -- then something is seriously wrong with a socio-economic theory that results in a form of private corporate government where "Two-thirds of people who live in the jurisdiction of a homeowners association are 'annoyed' by them, or worse, and 19% have been in what they call a 'war' with their HOA." (see main page of this web site, here)
Telling people who are being abused that they agreed to be abused will only work for so long before they start looking for their rights elsewhere.
The following is not Ron Paul's position on homeowners associations (H.O.A.s).
I have contacted his campaign, asking what his position is. "Because Rep. Paul's (Republican -Texas) district is near the center of Senator John Carona's (Republican - Dallas) house-stealing business empire, he should be aware of this issue that directly affects 60 million Americans -- 4 times as many as are forced to join labor unions." I don't expect an answer.
But given Ron Paul's position on labor unions at
his position should be this:
VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION
Freedom of association is one of the foundations of a free society. The Founders clearly understood this, which is why they sought to protect this God-given right in the First Amendment.
While Ron Paul supports the right of every American to join a homeowners association if they wish, he believes, like most Americans, that forcing homeowners to pay HOA dues just to get or keep a home is wrong.
Unfortunately, beginning about 30 years ago, the right to decide freely whether or not to join a HOA was taken away from American homeowners by developers, municipalities, and states all over the country. *
THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION INDUSTRY’S
As a result, community association bosses rake in $50 billion every year from homeowners who are forced to pay dues to a HOA just to provide a home for themselves and their families.
Then, to add insult to injury, the HOA industry uses this forced-dues money to litigate and lobby against the interests of individual American homeowners!
A PRO-RIGHT TO
INDIVIDUAL PRIVATE PROPERTY RECORD
That’s why Ron Paul has been a strong supporter of the National Right To Own Your Own Home Act in Congress.
Passage of a National Right To Own Your Own Home law would end forced HOA dues by repealing compulsory-dues provisions in various state laws, deed restrictions, and construction permits.
In addition to his support for a National Right To Own Your Own Home law, he also voted to defeat laws which allow community association bosses to intimidate homeowners into signing themselves over to HOA control using fraudulent “elections” and incomprehensible adhesion “contracts”.
As President, he will continue to lead the fight to free Americans from the shackles of compulsory HOA membership by working to pass a National Right To Own Your Own Home law.
15 million Americans are members of labor unions.
60 million Americans belong to what the HOA-lobby calls “community associations”.
To learn more visit www.RightToOwn.org