Homeowners Associations Under Trump

  • If the President of the United States can break law after law with impunity then surely I will be able to let my hedges touch my house.
  • Maybe this is all about power and control of the current administration.
  • It’s all a shell game.

Dear Homeowners Association,

I would like to report that I mowed my yard today and got my grass down from the previous four inches to below the required three inches as stated in the HOA manual. My apologies—I didn’t think the lawn needed to be mowed in February, but I guess global warming will have that effect. But thank you for your lovely letter threatening legal action. While I must say the prospect of two years in prison certainly got my attention, I would suggest that threatening to deport my mother was a bit much—despite the fact our family has been here since 1652. Actually, she has a small amount of America Indian in her so if she is deported, I would recommend she be deported to a nearby reservation…or better yet, if you really want to play hard ball, her family was here long before yours, so maybe she can just stay put. Or if we want to go down your road of logic, perhaps you can just move elsewhere. After all, she was here first. But I digress.

If Trump and his friends can do anything they want, I guess I can too. Or…wait…maybe I can’t.

I also want to say I raised my basketball goal to exactly ten feet—above the previous setting of nine feet and ten inches. You got me. Basketball is a game of inches, am I right? But again, thank you for your heartfelt letter. I sincerely appreciate everything your committee is doing to keep the homeowners responsible for their properties. I know my $100 per month for absolutely no services except for your nice letters is going a long way. I do appreciate your attention to detail and for the rule of law.

If I could be so bold, however, as to make a couple of suggestions. I would suggest that the homeowners have a little more leeway and creativity in our own private dwellings than currently allowed. For example, I never understood last year why my overweight lawn gnome, that was told to me vaguely resembled Buddha, was asked to be removed. I thought we lived in America where we had certain freedoms. I understand it upset Mr. Hinson three doors down, but it was not an overt representation of hatred. And speaking of Mr. Hinson, I have noticed his yard is very overgrown with weeds and about a foot above the three inch threshold. Also, his basketball goal is no taller than six feet, as he hit his head on it when he was putting up his “Make America Great Again” sign. But that is cool as it is his right. But I just wanted to point out some possible hypocrisy on your part.

As mentioned earlier, while I do appreciate your attention to detain and your obvious respect for the rule of law, perhaps your gifts could be used elsewhere. Maybe the HOA could be used for things like resident’s safety and grossly negligent violations. Maybe your narrow views and strict allegiance to authoritarianism may be better suited for places like the Kremlin or any local DMV perhaps. On second thought, maybe I don’t need to worry about your organization anymore as under our current federal administration, the rule of law soon will be of no more. After all, if the President of the United States can break law after law with impunity then surely I will be able to let my hedges touch my house. If he can pardon parasites like former Democratic governor Rob Blagojavich and Junk Bond King Michael Milken, then all bets are off with regards to the laws of society. If Trump and his friends can do anything they want, I guess I can too. Or…wait…maybe I can’t. But maybe that is why Mr. Hinson three doors down can. I did hear that Mr. Hinson went golfing in Florida a couple of weeks ago. I did hear that he recently donated money to the Trump campaign. But how do you know I am not a Trump supporter? Oh wait, I did like a Greta Thunburg post of her Twitter account. And maybe you think I mowed my yard in February to protest global warming and not because of your oligarchic letter. And maybe that is why you let Mr. Hinson slide on his mountain of uncut grass—because he doesn’t acknowledge global warning, and because he is wearing a red hat.

So maybe, just maybe, all of this has nothing to do with the rule of law whatsoever. Maybe all of this has to do with whatever side of the powers one is on at the moment. I’m on the wrong side and Mr. Hinson is on the right side. Maybe this is all about power and control of the current administration. Maybe they have finally reached all the way down—past Washington, past the state legislature, past the city council and into the HOAs. I’ve got to tell you, I knew it was only a matter of time but I didn’t think it would be this soon.

So if you let the current administration dictate the rule of law and change what is great about America…then it is only a matter of time before you will be on the wrong side of the powers that be.

Why should this matter to you, you ask? After all, you are on the “right” side of the current administration. Well, Jewish people were on the correct side before Hitler came along. Africans were on the correct side before they got rounded up and shipped to America. Native Americans were on the correct side before Europeans took control of America. So if you let the current administration dictate the rule of law and change what is great about America…which includes the freedom of the press, the freedom of the judicial system to operate without political influence, the checks and balance of the three branches of government, the freedom from electoral interference and the very nature of the constitution on which this great country was based upon, then it is only a matter of time before you will be on the wrong side of the powers that be. It may not be today, but it will be some day.

So instead of looking at things through a very narrow view of the world, please look at the bigger picture. For example, I know you don’t want to take away Mr. Hinson’s guns but nobody else wants to either, despite what Mr. Hinson thinks. They just want to make things safer. Mr. Hinson can still shoot deer and protect his family (Hint: if a party is currently trampling on the constitution, then the second amendment might be next.) Also, Mr. Hinson said the party in charge is looking out for his economic interests. They really are not. They are looking out for the top one percent’s interest. They do not care about the poor or the middle class, and that includes you by the way. They have pitted white against black in the appearance of helping white people. But they have no interest in helping anybody, of any race, except themselves. It’s all a shell game. Everything is designed for them to stay in power. End of story. To be fair, there are also parties that want to gain power and control that will probably do something similar to remain in power if elected…ahem, Bloomberg. Again, if we follow the money, we might be able to follow the shells. So we have to keep our eye on the ball…and on the shells. Actually, most of of us 99% want the same thing, and that is to live peacefully, free and with prosperity. But only we can choose that. But we must pay attention and we can’t fall for the con game. And, by the way, I promise I’ll get that lightbulb changed on my front porch.

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Greg Hood

Greg Hood is a freelance writer, a social work professional and a proud father currently residing in Charlotte, NC.

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