TRYING TO CREATE AN OLIGARCHY?
Some Comments About The "Coalition of Community Associations"
Opinion By Jan Bergemann
Published December 26, 2005
A coalition formed “to
counteract the influential consumer group Cyber Citizens for Justice”
– according to their own words! – already shows where they are coming
from: Special interests!
Richard Spears, one of the coalition’s self-proclaimed leaders, obviously can’t get over the fact that he is no longer a leading executive of the Community Associations Institute nor is he a president of OCHA (Orange County Homeowners Association) any more – another service-provider trade-organization that proclaims itself to be a “homeowners’ group.” Whenever Spears has tried to be a leader, he already had problems separating facts and fantasies.
community leaders, who are under the impression that:
are threatening their “life-styles” are definitely not the kind of people consumers want to see as their leaders.
forget, Richard Spears was the person behind the push to reinstate liens and
foreclosures for fines during the 2005 legislative session.
The bill died in committee!
In 2004 Governor Jeb
Bush’s HOA Task Force had successfully eliminated liens and foreclosures for
fines, because that provision violated the basic right of due process
-- a fundamental right upon which our society is built.
I don’t think owners in
their right minds would like to see their interests represented by these
self-centered kinds of people. Maybe
Fidel Castro would be proud to welcome “community leaders” like that
fighting side-by-side with him?
No due process and no
protection of citizens’ rights
– aren’t these the typical signs of a dictatorship?
What Spears’ group
tries to achieve is called OLIGARCHY – explained as: “A small group of
people who control an organization, often for their own purposes.”
Nothing wrong with
creating special interest groups. But
they should use their own private money to finance their fight for their own
private agendas. And they should
not claim to represent residents who have not asked them to represent them.
But we know where they
are coming from! We see this
coalition using the same deceptive tactics as the specialized attorneys.
They mistakenly assume that being hired to legally represent
associations gives them the right to speak out on behalf of the
associations’ members in front of the legislature.
That assumption is SO wrong!
I just hope that
everybody recognizes the members of Spears’ coalition for what they really
are: A disgruntled group of wanna-be
dictators. Under the pretense of
working for the welfare of associations, they just can’t get over it that
the times where they had been legally allowed to meddle in other peoples’
lives are coming to a swift end!
the saying goes: Power corrupts – and more power corrupts even more!