CELEBRATE OL’ GLORY
Published July 3, 2020
of July – INDEPENDENCE DAY! It’s a day when we all should
celebrate the birth of our nation – a nation that was built on
the foundation of our CONSTITUTION and the statement: “IN
GOD WE TRUST”! It’s a day when we should proudly display
our nation’s flag: OL’ GLORY!
Our nation has a lot
to be proud of and I think it’s high time to finally teach our
kids our proud history. Our kids should know how our forefathers
fought for independence and what it all meant. Especially Ivy
League students should know who fought in the War of
Independence. Aren’t these students supposed to be the
“future of our country?”
Our flag and our
national Anthem are the symbols of our country and anybody who
doesn’t like it here is free to go elsewhere, to a country
he/she thinks is better than our country. Burning our flag,
kneeling during the national anthem and/or tearing down
historical statues makes our nation the laughing stock of the
rest of the world. Burning statues of historical figures reminds
people with knowledge of history of the book-burning in the
1930’s, the beginning of the holocaust. And it’s even more
ridiculous when looking at the statues that have been destroyed
or vandalized. It’s pretty obvious that the vandals have not the
faintest idea about who is who in our history. Many claim to be
Democrats and/or Socialists, but they are tearing down the
statues of “fellow” Democrats. If they would know a little bit
about history they would know that the South was run by
Democrats, while Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, fighting the
war against slavery. But the anarchists clearly don’t care as
long as they can destroy anything they can get their hands on.
It seems that a lot of folks haven’t gotten the message yet: You
can learn a lot from history, but you can’t change it – not even
by burning our flag or historical statues.
Many proud owners of
properties within community associations have proudly displayed
“OL’ GLORY” – and paid a heavy price for it in
many cases. Lots of lawsuits have been fought over flying “Ol’
Glory!” I can assure you, if you would have all the legal fees
wasted here in Florida on these lawsuits, you would be a
After the long
lawsuit fought by George Andres – nicknamed the Jupiter flagman
– we were able to add provisions into the community association
FS 720.304(2) that allows owners to proudly fly our
national flag (and some others, see statutes). But, what’s new?
Some association board members and management companies still
haven’t gotten the message.
But this is the 4th
of July and we celebrate the BIRTH OF OUR GREAT NATION.
Let’s show our pride
in our great nation and proudly fly “OL’ GLORY”!
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the
developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues
for his own purposes. End of retirement!
CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in
- finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a
member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.
The organization has two websites to inform interested
homeowners and condo owners:
News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.
Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all
service providers surely have a different interest! We are
trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are
useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking