They terrorize and cause hell with their own fellow neighbors who agree to be part of their little "shit world."
They threaten them with foreclosure of your own home, they scrutinize you for the littlest things, and they are basicallly dictators.
They also have the power to fine people (for tons of $$ a day) for various things like:
*You can't put a flagpole in your yard (I'm a damn patriot! i represent the USA!).
*You can't put plastic flamingos in your lawn.
*Your fence is one inch too tall.
*You can't paint your house a different color without permission of the board.
*AND SO MUCH MORE SHIT!!!
Let's compare it to someone familiar in history!!!
Lets think of Hitler. He terrorized and dominated a whole society and murdered and slaughtered tons of Jewish people.
What did we learn today? Kick their ass!
Fuck, at least I live in a place where my city government makes fair policy, and not bullshit policy by assholes.
A quasi-fascist governing board, often set up by a subdivision's real-estate developer, who strictly enforce such rules and building codes as...
-Grass must be kept watered, golf course green and closely manicured, even during times of drought and water shortages
-No one uses their yard to grow their own food
-No patch of land may be permitted to return to it's natural state
-No rooms or other additions may be permitted above or in front of the existing home
-No potter's shed or tool shed may be allowed anywhere on the property
-No yard ornaments
-No rain barrels
and so on.
To get another idea of what a homeowner's association is like, watch the 1999 episode of the X-Files by the name of "Arcadia."
Our homeowner's association says we can't have a bike trail, because some buyers might believe that bike trails attract crime and drug dealers.