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90 Year Old Medal Of Honor Recipient to Home Owner’s Association: How’s My Ass Taste?

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 28, 2009

I commented on this story a few weeks ago and have been remiss on posting an update.  You will just have to deal with my laziness.

Finally, a right and just ending to a shining example of idiotic public relations stupidity.  It only took two US Senators and a swath of local and national talk radio, including the great Mark Levin, for this Home Owner’s Association to get its head out of their ass.  It even made it to a White House press briefing.  At last, the fight appears to be over:

A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner’s association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday.

The Sussex Square homeowners’ association likewise has agreed to drop threats to take legal action against retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.

The association had threatened to take Barfoot to court if he failed to remove the pole from his suburban Richmond home by Friday. It had said the pole violated the neighborhood’s aesthetic guidelines.

Well gee whiz.  How nobel of them.

Even though this was more about the actual flag pole as opposed to the flag itself (yeah, right), this HOA probably couldn’t have done much according to the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.  But then again, I am no lawyer. 

Indeed, we are a nation of laws not men, and while I am not equating an HOA agreement as “law”, there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.  To me this was always about common sense.

I leave you with Mark Levin’s retelling of how Army Col. Van T. Barfoot earned his Medal of Honor:


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