82-Year-Old Veteran Is Fighting One More Time for Old Glory

http://youtu.be/lwjhLnnBqps

Bob Willits, a veteran who lives in Greenfield, Indiana, fought for his country and his flag during the Korean War. Now he’s having to fight all over again, just to be allowed to fly Old Glory outside his home. Bob and his wife, Judy, have been notified by their local homeowners’ association they must take down their American and POW/MIA flags. Bob recently told Fox News:

We have absolutely no plans to take it down. It would be kind of a bloody situation if we had to take the flag down at this point…That flag is very personal to me; that means a lot to me. They can’t force me to take it down.

Bob Willits knows the cost of patriotism. His brother, Lester, fought with him in Korea, but only Bob came home.

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  • Carolkitfox

    These homeownes association, would NOT live in place that had one, they are petty dictators. It should be against the law to tell someone they CANNOT fly our countries flag.

  • Ricarrdo estavans

    Too many of these old dudes are sympathetic to FDR. They have been voting dumbocrap for decades. I cannot convince elderly family members that the dumbcraps have screwed them.. They keep voting dumbocrap.

    • lwainscot

      I can’t imagine why anyone would want to buy a home in a development where there is a homeowners association, who can set rules and determine what one can and can’t have on their properties. A flagpole with an American Flag, should never be forbidden in this country.

    • Rx7pj

      What?? First your immature name calling is ridiculous. Second , just what the hell does a home owners association have to do with EITHER political party??

      • GrandmaAmerica

        If you have ever lived in one you would see the similarities. Leave it at that.

        • Jeanne Stotler

          Agree, although most builders now form one that way they get backing, ours was here before the houses were built. Problem is they encourage people that like to flex muscles to take control and become bullies, we are trying to get ours disbanded as it now has people who show preference as to who they will have obey rules, I want it for all, not just some, or none at all.

        • Rx7pj

          I live in one now, what’s your point?? There are NO similarities to any particular party, I’m sure ALL associations have both democrats and republicans as members

          • Pendy1

            What makes you so sure about ALL associations (name calling alert), moron? Behavior of the typical, not all, homeowners association pretty well reflects the democrat mindset, e.g., I am superior to you, you will do as I say, …. BTW, capitalizing NO does not make your statement true.

          • Rx7pj

            What makes you sure they don’ t? Moron.
            how would know what various homeowners association are typically like. Do you or have you ever belonged to one? Let alone several to make you assumption.
            By the way the superiority mindset us definitely republican. Witness your comments.

          • GrandmaAmerica

            Thankyou for trying to explain in plain language to Rx7pj. He’s looking for a fight where there isn’t one. It is so over his head I didn’t know how to explain or clarify my answer above so I quit. I think he’s a TROLL or a very ignorant person. Or is it possible he’s actually a plant by raisetheflagreport.com people to stimulate a discussion?

          • patriot 86

            Spot on post grandma ‘ that asshole Rx7pj just wants to start a argument he can’t even win just for the sake of arguing .Typical libtard move ‘ pick a fight and pull a knife on a crowd of people packing guns .

          • amerall

            Reference to homeowners associations as progressives and socialist retarded conformist’s! I didn’t buy my property to maintain it to someone else’s idea of conformity. It’s mine I bought it! It BELONGS to me! I WILL do as I please with it! Bite me if you don’t like it!

          • Rx7pj

            I agree you should be able to do what you want with your property. I don’t like HOAS either, i think they are intrusive busy bodies and are generally a pain in the ass. But that does NOT make them democrats or progressive or socialists. As I stated earlier the one in my hometown is 100% republican .

      • J_R_K

        Homeowners associations, like Democrats, want to control everything and everybody. HOAs do it in the neighborhood and Democrats do it to the whole country. Granted, Republicans have allowed a lot of things to happen that they shouldn’t, but overall, if nothing else, we’re just too lazy to waste time, effort and money trying to control everything and everybody. We don’t like complicated lives and we’re not interested in adding to complications for others. We just don’t want people complicating our lives with new rules, new standards, new translations of words, new versions of history, new attitudes about truth, justice and the American way… and we know that to “remake America”, the first thing you have to do is destroy it. Kind of like highway “construction”. Ever wonder why that sign that says “Construction ahead” doesn’t say “As soon as we finish with the destruction”

        • Rx7pj

          The homeowner association in my home town , which is a republican stronghold acts exactly lIke you described. They are 100% republican. They want to control everything and everybody in the HOA.
          Don’t blame a particular party for what is common with HOAs.

          • J_R_K

            That’s interesting… you don’t suppose they’re trying to keep the Democrats from coming in, confiscating everything and giving it all away, do you?

            Ok, Just kidding about that… but my point still stands. I don’t know what “republicans” may be doing in local neighborhoods, but I do know what Democrats have been doing nationally and republicans have not (other than acquiescing and capitulating to the democrats) and on that basis, at that level, HOAs do seem to have a great deal more in common with the democrats than with the republicans. Besides, I didn’t blame the democrats for hoas. I said the hoas act like democrats, seeking to control everyone and everything and I stand by that. Republicans acting like democrats is not a new thing, though. I’ll have to give you that, yes, sometimes, they do (acquiescing and capitulating).

          • Rx7pj

            Using your logic one could say the democrats are acting like the republican

          • J_R_K

            Using your logic, one could conclude that you have none. And you don’t hear very well, either.

          • Rx7pj

            Ya, right

          • patriot 86

            Why not just close your crap trap and go away ‘ no ones buying your bs Rx ‘all you want to do is argue.

    • Jeanne Stotler

      My grandfather served with Teddy in Havana, but did not like FDR, I remember him pounding the table about something he had said, H wanted to go help MacArthur who was a friend of his, but he was too sick, besides he was in Spanish American and WWI as well as on the Border in the Border dispute, no he rest in the hallowed grounds of Arlington.

    • bub

      You may be right in your family, but don’t see it in mine… I see it less in older folks than in the rest of the population….

      • J_R_K

        The older generation knew we didn’t have to jump over a cliff just because everyone else did. These days, far to many young people (certainly, not all, thank God) get rabidly upset, as they follow the pied pipers over the cliff, at any one who stands up and says “Hey! There’s a cliff up there! I can see it! ” Of course, anywhere there is someone or some “community” wanting to drag or shove someone (or everyone) else over a cliff, there’s a squad of lawyers to help them do it. (ACLU = “American Communist Lawyers Union” to me. But then, I suppose I’m just an old “dumbcrap” (formerly known as “fuddy duddy”)

    • J_R_K

      Well, if you happen to have a family of elderly dumbcraps, what has that got to do with the rest of the country?… not trying to be insulting, but the fact is the age of veterans does NOT exclude them from individual thinking. Lots of older folks are wondering why so many young people were stupid enough not to see a snake in fabricated “savior” skin when they were voting for Obama.

      • marlene.langert

        Absolutely true. I am 79 and , when Obama came along, I switched to the Republican party and have been working on Republican campaigns ever since. MY 84 yr old sister has always been a republican and in my Republican club, many of us,both black and white are senior citizens.
        My own home is in an area thankdoes not haave a HOA. However, I own two townhouses in an area that does. If I had known, I never, ever would have bought them.I will tell you all how we know they are what has now become the present day democrats- – they want to congrol everyone and everything, dow to a light fixture or a shade of paint. COnservatives and Republicans want everyone to have their liberties, not tell everyone what to do. MY son has taken over maintaining my properties, and that is good because I cannot take it and I won’t. THe flag flies in front of my home day and night 365 a year. If my tenants would want to fly the USA flag, I would back them up in every way I know how.

        • patriot 86

          Good for you in seeing obama as the snake he is .I’lle take old and wise over young and stupid any day .That’s what got us in this mess ‘ all the young and stupid who bought obama’s shit for the last 6 years.

    • patriot 86

      SAD BUT TRUE.

  • Kyle

    This is a slap in the face to any veteran. I hope he files a lawsuit against this entity. This group does not have the right to tell anyone that they can’t be patriotic and fly our great flag.

  • GrandmaAmerica

    Homeowners associations should be outlawed. I live in one and its nothing but rules that only have to be followed by everyone else but them. WOW! Sounds like OBAMA!

    • J_R_K

      Obama doesn’t own the home he’s living in…… hmmm… I wonder if he tells other people how to play golf when he’s out on the course?

      • independent thinker

        He only tells them how they have to score the round.

        • Ellen

          Or cheat on it.

        • J_R_K

          Probably right. I heard that one time Obama was bragging about his golf game to Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder said “You’re not so hot. I could beat you.” Obama said, ok, lets play a game and just see which one of us is best and Stevie Wonder said “Sure… pick a night”… Obama never showed up.

          • Rich

            A good one – LOL

          • marlene.langert

            I LOL’d too!

          • Ellen

            The coward.

          • Jamie Hall

            Go Stevie!

      • Ellen

        I will not put it past him.

  • Pamela Rather Powell

    this is absurd, this is America, why should he not fly the AMERICAN flag?? I bet if it were a Mexican flag or such the HA would not say a word in fear of offending someone one. pathetic!!! they should be ashamed.

    • GrandmaAmerica

      Right on Pamela!!!

    • Pendy1

      Or the ISIS flag.

    • patriot 86

      Damn right ‘ he fought for his country and lost a brother in that war .I’d tell them to go f**k themselves cuz he of all people has earned the right to fly OLD GLORY in his yard as a tribute to his brother .Stand strong and thanks for your service and sacrifice BOB.

  • J_R_K

    Is this homeowners association run by illegal immigrants, or what? I mean, I know some of them don’t like the American flag. That flag, the pole it’s on, even the ground it stands on are well kept, nice looking. It’s flown in respect and the man who flies it has earned the right to be respected. When did we become a country that would use lawyers to break the heart of an old veteran who just wants to fly the flag he fought for, bled for, and his brother most likely died for? Seems to me the homeowners association could make an exception in what ever policy they have and allow for ONLY American flags and the MIA flag. I don’t know the neighborhood, but the homeowners association is probably right.. someone is going to want a Puerto Rican flag, someone else a Mexican flag, someone else might just decide to come up with an atheist or LGBT flag. So stipulate in the policy “Only American Flags and MIA flags” .. but then they’d probably get sued for that…. I’m a veteran myself (Vietnam “era” vet), I enlisted in Feb. 1971, never saw combat because I ended up in Alaska, but I lost my dad in Vietnam, had to uncles in Nam, one cousin, all of whom fought and my son has done 3 tours in Iraq. When did we become a nation to tell such men they have no right to fly the flag we sent them to fight and die for? Nobody should have the right to do that. “Oh, say does that Star Spangled banner still wave o’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave”… The homeowners association is trying to tell one of our brave men at his own home, “No, it doesn’t” and I can’t even use the language that comes to mind when I read or hear a story like this one.

    • amerall

      American soil! American flag! End of argument! If these people don’t want the flag on this mans PRIVATE property then they should have purchased that property before he bought it! He owns the property, Its PRIVATE PROPERTY! the homeowners association shouldn’t be allowed to have more power than the government does! Even the government cant dictate to property owners what they do with their own property as long as they aren’t breaking any laws. Property owners cannot make LAWS! Any thing you signed that says they can is null and void by our constitution!

      • J_R_K

        I agree with your sentiments on the subject, but… “Even the government cant dictate to property owners what they do with their own property as long as they aren’t breaking any laws.”… I’m sorry to tell you that there are people all over the country who can tell you that statement, true as it should be, is not true. Your property can be controlled by the government, up to and including the government backing any business large enough to create more tax revenue than you can to throw you out of a place of business and give it to the larger concern. A fairly recent supreme court ruling made this possible. You could spend 800,000 dollars on a piece of property, then the government tell you you can’t clear it out because some kind of rat species lives in the underbrush you have an expensive piece of land you still have to pay for but can’t do anything with.

        The thing is, you are right, they should not be able to do that. One way or another, every freedom we have, or have ever had in this country is tied up in the right to own property and be secure in it. Unfortunately, these days, the EPA, the IRS and just about any branch of government that can dream up a reason can dictate to you on how you use your property. It is an affront to freedom and to Americans and this homeowners association telling an old veteran that he cannot fly the flag, although not linked to the federal government, is just a microcosm of what’s going on in America these days. You can’t tell lesbians that they can’t be married on your farm. In spite of the fact that there are probably well over 100,000 businesses in this country that bake wedding cakes, if you own one of those businesses, you cannot be told that you will not bake a cake for lesbians or homosexuals.

        When you tell an old veteran he can’t fly the American flag in his own front yard, you are telling him that the America fought for has been pissed away, is gone, and for the final proof of that, take down your flag.

        There is just something really wrong with our country these days. Freedom is killing freedom because individual autonomy is a right afforded only to those on the “politically correct” side of events.. the rest of America and Americans just don’t count.

      • J_R_K

        Correction: “you cannot be told that you will not bake a cake for lesbians or homosexuals.” should read “you cannot say that you will not bake” the cake.

      • patriot 86

        Damn straight friend .I would’nt move her a inch .

    • patriot 86

      The SOB in that association who brought this up should be taken to court for treason .The low life pile of trash is pure pond scum.

  • Nio Walters

    There is a federal law that states that no organization such as a HOA or apartment complex is allowed to prohibit someone from flying the American flag.

    • bub

      Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 (HR 42 … signed by GW Bush on July 24th, 2006).

      • Marilynn Reeves

        It’s a shame we should even have to have an Act for this.

      • snid
      • David Fowler

        Unfortunately, that probably doesn’t cover the POW/MIA flag. It should but probably doesn’t.

        • patriot 86

          Should ‘I agree.

      • patriot 86

        HOORAH.

      • Jamie Hall

        Good! Somebody should take a print copy of this legislation and shove it up that HOA’s ass.

    • patriot 86

      I’d fight this bs all the way ‘ they can’t force him to take down his flag .

  • hangman

    Homeowners associations are something that came later in my life. Here, we had a few commies move in, 150 total, and that started an association, but the other thousands of us did not go along. They are a pathetic bunch that keep trying to raise property values, while constantly crying that the taxes are too high. I wonder if the are not mentally challenged? Bet way to stop this idiotic, is to not buy in a place that has a neighborhood association, it is like having a New World Order. Your home is your castle, and those ‘encroachers’ can just suck it up.

    • J_R_K

      I would never even live in an apartment because the neighbors might just have a habit of making me miserable. I agree… two things in life to never do 1) never apply for or accept credit with a variable interest rate and 2) never buy a home with an association in place to tell you how to live in it (there are lots of things never to do, but those two are top on my list for how to live a decent life)

      • hangman

        I live in an old neighborhood that had no association, I was one of the first here, in a new (then) neighborhood. Ten years down the road, my neighbor moved, and the trash started to move in. The new guy , a non working deadbeat, got with other carpetbegars like himself to start an association. Since the rest of us were working, we did not notice until they had organized. t They were few, but troublemakers. The guy would walk up and down the street to see if there was anything he could call the cops on. Luckily, he died about 2 years ago, and his wife about a year later. Now, we are a happy neighborhood again, no more distrust with each other. it was like Obama has done with this country for awhile.

    • David Fowler

      It is very difficult where I live, in Phoenix , AZ, to find a neighborhood that doesn’t have an HOA. So much of the area is of new construction. When a new housing development is built, it comes with an HOA and you have the choice to buy a house there or live some where else that also has an HOA. I wish I knew how to get away from them. The only other option is to live in an old run down section of town. That’s just about the only place that doesn’t have an HOA.

      • hangman

        Is the reason, maybe, to keep the wetbacks out? It is Phoenix, and I know they are like roaches there. Unfortunately, if that is the case, it will only get worse, as the Muslim just declared war on America, and put out the red carpet for millions more.

        • David Fowler

          I lost my house a few years back due to medical bills and now I have to rent. We live in a fairly decent neighborhood and it is full of wetbacks. They probably ignore anything from the HOA because they can’t read it. Our current HOA Is not that bad as HOAs go. We moved out of our previous neighborhood due to the excessively harsh HOA. To get away from all HOAs I would probably have to move to shanty town. I lived there in my younger days and have no wish to move back.

          • hangman

            Sorry about your hardship, hope your medical problems have eased up. Here, we are surrounded by wetties, and the cops won’t touch them because the corrupt city council has made this into a criminal ‘sanctuary city’, and they are trying to fight the Sheriff for him following the law, and holding the wets for
            immigration. They walk by here pretending they are looking to cut your yard, but in reality are casing the neighborhood, trying to find unlocked doors. But the house is paid for, and I am to old ( 75 ) to move, so I keep my dog close to alert me, and several guns ready.

          • David Fowler

            My wife had breast cancer a few years back. They did a mastectomy and chemo and she is OK for now. My house was paid for also, but we refinanced it to help our kids out and then this happened. I’m just a year behind you. I turn 74 next month.

          • hangman

            Hope you stay active and in good health. I slowed down when I retired, and that was a mistake, as I started getting stiff. But I keep pushing myself along.

          • Rich

            Good for you and I would bet you are a Veteran. Keep your eyes open and powder dry. Your buddy the dog is a excellent companion.
            Just some thoughts from another 75 year old and a vet as well.

          • patriot 86

            Thanks for your service also friend.

          • hangman

            Yep, U.S.M.C Good luck to you.

    • patriot 86

      Probably all liberals .

      • hangman

        Unfortunately, yes. This is a cesspool of Democrats. When Romney ran, I put a sign in my yard. One of my loving neighbors broke the windshield on my van. Beautiful diversified neighborhood, NOT. with me the only Republican here, I feel like a cat walking by a bunch of dogs.
        It’s hard to be humble , when you’re as smart as I am. Ha ha.’

        • patriot 86

          Hear ya man ‘where I work all I hear is how great obamacare is but some people got their new statements last week with their premiums sky rocketing and they had the nerve to bitch about it .I just laughed and said well as forrest gump said STUPID IS AS STIPID DOES .

          • hangman

            The people that like Obama are some that were uninformed to what he was, but the majority just looked at “what ‘s he got for me”? I used to work for the state,
            and we had Blue cross insurance pd by the state. This woman just loved Obama, and she claimed that she wanted better insurance. (Better than paid for blue cross/blue shield?) Turns out she had an old black lover she was looking out for. I have to smile when I think of her ignorance.

          • patriot 86

            yeah hear you.

  • From one Korean vet to another, I don’t have much but if you need financial help to fight this ignorance call on me, and I am sure real Americans will also help.

    • patriot 86

      Thanks for your service friend ‘ you are a true patriot.

  • avlisk

    “We can not defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” Edward R. Murrow, back when the media was a watchdog on our side, and not a lapdog of the politicians and powerful.

  • Ruckweiler

    My late Father was at Chosin Reservoir in 1950. Fight for it, Mr. Willits! To blazes with these petty tyrants.

  • msueh

    damn HOAs. My Canadian son-in-law visits and thinks it’s absolutely AWESOME how many private homes fly Old Glory.

    • patriot 86

      It’s a beautiful thing .

  • Seldena

    I wish the New Congress would pas a law that the American fly anywhere at anytime. So sad this happens in Ameerica!!

  • Marilynn Reeves

    I’d sell my house and move to a BETTER neighborhood. In the mean time fly the flag with a sign at the bottom of the flag ploe saying “KISS MY ASS”

  • DodgeMiniVan

    Get rid of the Homeowner’s Association. There should not be such a rule. Being a Korean Vet myself (6th Fleet US Navy) 1951-1959, I feel very strong about about our Country’s Flag. Many Veterans fought and died to protect for what it stands for.

  • bub

    The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 (HR 42 … signed by GW Bush on July 24th, 2006)., prohibits the restriction of the flying of the U.S. Flag, but allows for limitations which would be in the intrinsic interest of the association or neighborhood (such as safety or an egregious nuisance) … that is, things like an enormous flag which blocks the view of traffic, or a constantly very noisy flag pole, or a lighting system that is very glaring or shines on other houses late into the night, etc.,.

    Other than such reasonable issues, the HOA has no legs to stand on. And if (even reasonable) restrictions are not written into the bylaws, then they don’t have so much as a torso to stand on..

  • rcdwltd

    Instead of practicing political correctness, these HOA’s owe their very ability to exist to veterans like Bob Willits. I hope he will stand firm and anyone and everyone living around him needs to lend all the support he needs!

    • patriot 86

      Yes ‘ band together people ‘ there is strength in numbers ‘ especially when they are armed.

  • Donald Clark

    This unfortunate resistance to patriotism erupts too often in condiminums. I blame it on ‘little Hitlers’, who have no experience but yearn to have a voice. They can be sued for their damages, and they usually lose, or back down. Fly the flag. Semper Fi.

    • bub

      Funny you should say that. We use that exact phrase (“Little Hitler”) when we speak about our neighbor … he’s little and has a Napoleon complex. We’re out in the country, so needless to say, we don’t need to speak of him much…

    • patriot 86

      Stand strong Bob they can’t do shit .

  • White & Proud

    Can someone give me name of the Homeowners Association and its Management Company. I have proven method to make them STOP this kind of harrassment. I’ve been successful 100% of the time.

    • MORGAN SMITH

      Let em have it

    • sweetsuzee

      It’s the Fieldstone Homeowners Association in Greenfield, IN. 1581 Stonewall Drive, Greenfield, IN 46140 to be exact.

      However, in the present case the HOA have backed down and told them they can keep it. Allegedly it was not about the flag but rather the flagpole. they alleged that it made nowing the lawn difficult for the gardeners. They said, “We do not tell anyone they cannot fly a flag. What we are having a problem with is the flag pole. Flag poles are not allowed in this association,” said Eckert. “It’s never, ever been about the flag, which that’s what seems to come to the foreground all the time.”

      Then the Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Griffin, got involved and said that he will get involved if the Fieldstone Homeowners Association (HOA) doesn’t back down by Saturday. That was Saturday, Nov 1st.

      • amerall

        Cant fly a flag without a flagpole, I think a flagpole is an integral part of the flag. I think the pole is covered by the fly the flag law!

      • White & Proud

        Thank you. I have contacted Fieldstone … and what you say is correct. Looks like “common sense” has finally ruled again. Now, its time to go after con-man obama and his minions!!!

  • I do not think any homeowners association should have rules/policies against displaying the American flag or a flag honoring veterans. Any person contemplating moving into property managed by a homeowners association it is their responsibility to read said policy/rules. That is why move-ins are presented with a copy of the policy/rules they must sign. If there is a clause they do not agree with they have the option not to move in.

    • sweetsuzee

      It doesn’t matter what their covenants say. The bottom line is that the Freedom to Display the American flag Act of 2005 clearly says:

      Sec. 3. Right to Display the Flag of the United States

      A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag of the United States on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.

      It then goes on further to clearly outlines what it means by HOA’s in that it includes all “condominium associations”, “cooperative associations”, and “residential real estate management associations”.

  • leadvillexp

    Let him tell the home owners to go to H… what are they going to do to him? Send him to jail? Kill him? This hero has been there and done that. The home owners are idiots. He should put up a sign “MORTEM TYRANNIS”, He is an American hero!

    • David Fowler

      What HOAs will do is issue fines. If you don’t pay them they sue you for the money. If this HOA has any sense they will just drop this.

      • leadvillexp

        Sometimes you just have to stand up for what is right. I would hope others would step in to pay the fines and the community would black flag all involved in the fine process. Do like the Amish and shun them.

  • wdcraftr

    If they don’t like America, it’s flag, and it’s freedoms, then move to a different country that has what they like.. If I was in Indiana, I’d be there beside him..

  • Roger

    What somebody needs to do is group together arm ourselves and storm the homeowners association and tell them if they don’t cease and desist these stupidity that they will be dealt with arms with no prisoners taken, an action that will be protecting his 2 flags. Let me know if help is needed. USMC 1972

  • don lavrich

    homo assoc. go pound salt!

  • ABBAsFernando

    OUTRAGEOUS and CONTEMPTIBLE

  • Ellen

    This is America. Everyone should be able to fly the American flag, whenever they want to.

    • patriot 86

      Yup absolutely.I have a beautiful 5 footer in my front yard and the day some SOB comes and tells me to take it down will be a very bad day for them cuz my dad fought in ww2 and was in a german prison camp for 6 months at the hands of those cruel bastards ‘ and just about lost both his feet cuz the bastards took his flying boots and made him stand out in below zero weather for hours .He did’nt endure all that just so some SOB traitor could try and take away our freedom to honor all those who sacrificed so much to preserve all the freedoms we have today.

      • Ellen

        God bless you and your Dad. I am glad he came home. That is why I do not understand how these communities can prevent anyone from flying the American flag. What has our country gotten to?

  • tom2

    Many of us live in developments that boast homeowners associations. Few of us like the power afforded them by state laws. Mostly, we want them to keep the neighborhood neat. But they often charge you a “reasonable fee” of several hundred dollars to advise a prospective buyer that your dues have been paid. They charge brokers a thousand or so for copies of the bylaws and your record with them. They force small boys to remove basketball goals from their driveways. They fine your relatives who visit too many days, parking their cars on the street. Some even require all cars to be tucked neatly in garages. They don’t allow vehicles with painted messages even when advised that entrepreneurs and employees commute with company cars. They’re very picky about vacation homes. And of course they often police their strict requirements regarding flags, symbols and ornaments. They seem to be devoid of common sense, much like the liberal public schools that are taking our nation down. Certainly a veteran who wishes to display the American Flag along with other customary flags, e.g., state flag, POW/MIA flag should be afforded great latitude.

  • george

    Congress is just going to have to pass a law stating that Americans can fly their “American” flag and any veteran honoring flag on their own property no matter what State, local or association may be against it.

    • sweetsuzee

      They already did – Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005

      Sec. 3. Right to Display the Flag of the United States
      A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag of the United States on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.

      George W. Bush signed it and it became law. This came about because a Vet in Jupiter, FL, George Andres, had the very same thing happen to him. Jeb Bush stepped in and helped. Then the bill was written, passed both houses and GWB signed it.

      In the present case the HOA have backed down and told them they can keep it. Allegedly it was not about the flag but rather the flagpole. they alleged that it made nowing the lawn difficult for the gardeners. They said, “We do not tell anyone they cannot fly a flag. What we are having a problem with is the flag pole. Flag poles are not allowed in this association,” said Eckert. “It’s never, ever been about the flag, which that’s what seems to come to the foreground all the time.”

      Then the Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Griffin, got involved and said that he will get involved if the Fieldstone Homeowners Association (HOA) doesn’t back down by Saturday. that was Saturday, Nov 1st.

      • amerall

        I see in the picture a bed of flowers around the base of the pole and a huge rock. Obviously mowing the flowers is not logical, so the premise that it is about the pole is a lie and being hard to mow around is not an issue!! Control freaks should be treated to an enema with some lye water and Tabasco sauce! MY PROPERTY, MY CHOICE! Don’t want a flag ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY, DON’T HAVE ONE! Don’t like to look at something you don’t like on someone else’s property, DON’T LOOK AT IT! Your property values are NOT my concern! I would just as soon mine went down so I could pay less tax’s! I bought my home to live in, not to sell!

    • patriot 86

      In the next congress ‘ won’t see it with the current crop of liberal traitors.

  • GrizzMann

    Ah, Democrat control freaks. Obama is proud of your control.

    • patriot 86

      Gotta be ‘ no republican group would dream up this kind of crap.

  • Tomcat01

    THIS IS WHY I’D NEVER MOVE INTO A SUB-DIVISION THAT HAD A MOA!!!! Too many have died for the principles for which that flag represents. One could argue he knew the rules when he move in, but really, the American flag off limits???

  • bigbillofwyandotte

    I wrote my Congressman a couple of weeks ago about this issue, and was told that there is a bill in the Senate right now that has been on hold for several years now, and it is going to expire shortly. The Senators for my area played dumb and claimed they knew of no such bill. Both are Dems, so I’m not surprised.

  • Dodged5

    A friend moved into an HOA. After he lived there for a year or so they voted in a new board and the rules came pouring out. They dictated the type and color of flowers that could be planted, the color of paint for houses. no clothes lines, no trucks could be parked in the area (not even in the garage) no smoking in your yard, only gas fired BBQ grills, No fires in your fireplaces, garage doors had to remain closed except when putting the car in or out, and on they went. They finally got up a petition and forced a vote and the HOA was voted out. No more HOA! An HOA could be a good thing but petty tyrants get on the boards and make them dictatorships and ruin a good idea.

  • barry sharp

    I can’t believe this is happening in Indiana. We have more war/veteran memorials than any other state. If your HOA notified you in writing take that letter to National American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis they will help you. If it is not in writing the HOA has no rights to enforce their wishes. Either way they are wrong. Lt. USN Ret.

  • J Ernst

    Courts across the land have usually “sided” with the HOME OWNER. Perhaps it’s the height of the pole……….whatever the reason for the disapproval….it’s better than flying the ISIS flag.

  • Arizona Don

    This is not the first time this type of thing has happened with HOA’s. Why anyone would live in one I do not know. I fly my flag and will take it down for no one. I am also a disabled veteran. Those who never served their country and loss either family members, as this gentlemen did, or best friends as many of us did I guess don’t understand. When I fly my flag (everyday) I do it because I respect and honor both my nation and those veterans who were not as lucky as I and did not come home. I shall continue to do so no matter what!

  • Rich

    These homeowners associations must be made up of Anti-Americans for the most part. In the bylaws they should so state the US American Flag and Military Flags should be allowed over all others. Period, if they don’t like our Flag, then those against it should give serious consideration to moving to another country where they can live with those that don’t like our Flag.
    This is happening more and more and must be stopped. Wake up AMERICA.

  • daveveselenak

    God bless this true patriot. It is unfortunate and dangerous that more younger people don’t possess his tenacity and patriotism because if they did we wouldn’t have a Muslim-Marxist jihadist and the communist party USA in POWER and destroying the country!

    • patriot 86

      Damn right we would’nt.

  • Bettye Landers

    This should not be happening in America!

  • Paula Williams Deal

    This is the United States and now we are being told we cannot fly the flag if we want to. I say as long as they are respectful and follow proper flag flying etiquette, then they should be able to fly the flag.

  • justjan

    Post the address of the homeowners association so the rest of the AMERICANS in this country and educate them on Loyalty, Pride, Honor, and Freedom in this country. Maybe if they got a few thousand letters reminding them where their freedoms come from, they might adjust their attitudes. It is a beautiful display of both flags. Tastefully surrounded by a small flower garden. You, Sir, ROCK and thank you for your service.

  • 2egypt

    I live in a building where the entire board is foreigners…Iranians, El salvadorian..we have only 2 American families…we are being taken over by the foreigners who only care about themselves..they should go back to their countries.

  • Frank J Panzer Jr

    these people are supose to live where they are in the association, It’s his property and thet tell you what to do with it the people elect the members of the association, kick it out they put them in they can take them out.

  • PHILIP MEADOWS

    You of all people should be able to fly the American Flag. Since you fought for this country. Not to mention the fact you lost you brother.

  • Hopefull1

    I wonder when they will try to take the American flag down at the white house.

    • J_R_K

      It probably just didn’t make the news.

  • J_R_K

    You might be living in a country run by idiots if you can express yourself by burning your national flag, but you can’t fly it.

  • EKMcM

    It is not the HOA, it is the sgit brained people who are in the HOA and some of the mindless unthinking neighbors who are the problem. If it were not for the Flag and our brothers and sisters who fought for the flag, there would not be an HOA or land for the folks to own there own property on. We have too many unthinking people here – I have been reading that it is not allowable to discuss Christianity or Judaism in school but many schools will force feed the tenants of Islam on the kids while defining it as a history lesson ????