As if the Flag Burning Amendment weren’t bad enough, there are a host of other flag-related proposals before Congress this week. One would bar Federal Courts from hearing lawsuits attempting to challenge the inclusion of the words “Under God” in the Pledge Of Allegience. Like the Flag Burning Amendment, this one is pure symbolism. The other proposed law I find more pernicious:
Also up for consideration in the House this week is the Freedom to Display the Flag Act, which would bar condominiums or other homeowner associations from restricting the size or placement of residents’ flags. It’s expected to pass today.
[T]he flag display act was introduced by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md. He has said he wrote the measure after meeting a flag dealer who told him that some of his customers who lived in condo developments were restricted in their right to fly the flag.
I wrote about this issue back in January and what I wrote then applies equally when talking about this bill:
POA?s are entirely a creation of contract. Groups of homeowners come together and form an organization that will accomplish certain goals. Typically, this includes maintaining some standard rules of esthetics for the community, contracting for trash removal, and maintaining property that is owned by the POA members in common rather than by any one person.
When you buy a house that is part of a POA, you agree to certain rules and regulations. These rules can be as mundane as what day you put your trash can out or what color you can paint or front door. Or, they can be as rigid as telling you that you cannot put a sign of any kind in your front yard. In fact, if your front yard is actually POA property, which is true of many townhouse communities here in Northern Virginia, then the property really isn?t yours anyway.
If you don?t like the rules that a particular POA has then you have several options. For one thing, you don?t have to move there to begin with. In Virginia, sellers are legally required to give buyers a copy of the POA rules and buyers are given an opportunity to review those rules and back out of the contract without penalty. If you?re in a POA and you don?t like the rules, or how they are being enforced then get involved in your community and get the rules changed
Or, maybe its just easier to get a hack like Roscoe Bartlett on your side.