I’ve never understood why people will live willingly under the goose-stepping umbrella of nosy neighborhood associations — those Stepford communities where kids on bicycles are outlawed and you never see anybody outside on a Saturday afternoon in July.

Not only that, but folks pay for the privilege — shelling out money to have somebody tell them their lawn must be between 1 and 1/2 inches and 1 and 3/4 inches in length, the garbage bin must be no closer to the curb than 2 feet, two inches, and any car made before 2003 must be in a closed garage with an off-white door.

One neighborhood association in Tennessee has has even decided that their authority is above that of the U.S. Constitution.

Two weeks ago, residents at Nashboro Village received a letter from the property management company, saying that people who live inside their association cannot own a gun (probably in case a homeowner who hates somebody telling them how long their lawn has to be snaps).

The reason why is typical bureaucratic committee group-think: crime, specifically burglaries, is on the rise in the area, and the best way to combat it would be if nobody in the neighborhood had a gun. Great idea!

Let me know how that works out as soon as all the funeral visitations are over.

In the meantime, those of you who are living under these types of dingbat “association” regimes should move out and leave these management companies alone with their dumb ideas, unconstitutional intrusiveness, and, most importantly, their bankruptcy lawyers.


5 Responses to “When Neighborhood Associations Attack (Your Rights)”

  1. Christinewjc on March 20th, 2007 9:06 am

    Our family escaped the “clipboard communists” of our former homeowners association about 8 years ago.

    A group of about 3 association “members” would routinely walk around the neighborhood and make notes about the residents who were violating the CC&R’s.

    We love where we live now and plan to retire here.

    What a relief to be out of the reach of such dumba**es!

  2. Doug Powers on March 20th, 2007 9:29 am

    “Clipboard communists”… I love that!

  3. IrishWalsh on March 21st, 2007 12:53 pm

    I live in a townhouse and this is our first home. I wasn’t looking forward to living under a despotic home owner’s regime but was quite surprised that I wasn’t. In fact, I wish they would crack down on things a little more, tighten up the budget, kill the damn swan in our pond, and get my neighbor to put his numerous cars in the garage where they belong. Am I the Neighborhood Nazi? Apparently so. Maybe I will start shooting skeet in my drive way and see how they feel about weapons.

    My biggest gripe with our association is that my $120 a month for dues could go a LONG LONG way if figured into a 30 year mortgage so we could get a pretty nice upgrade.

  4. jimmyb on March 21st, 2007 3:07 pm

    Interesting argument.
    By their logic then, one could posit the following:

    A. Blacks statistically commit more crimes than whites.
    B. The Constitution does not supersede the rules of the “Association”.
    C. Therefore, one could legally have a whites-only neighborhood.

    Somehow, if an association made that argument, I’ll bet there would be more press coverage then this story got.

    The old slippery slope. Cherry-picking rights is always a dangerous pastime.

  5. jimmyb on March 21st, 2007 3:08 pm

    And the “clipboard communists” line is classic!

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