Volunteered makes it sound like he had a simple choice. In reality, the choice is "Do you want to buy this house? If so, you must submit to the HOA", and even that isn't much of a choice when virtually every home in a particular area is governed by more or less identical HOAs.
What makes it worse is that usually the justification is along the lines of "Well, it's not as bad as a city, because cities can make new laws whenever most people living in the city wants those laws, whereas HOAs can't create new laws after you join" - OK, yet somehow cities have relatively few overbearing laws, whereas HOAs are packed with them. HOAs already have all of the absurd, overly restrictive, overbearing by-laws that you're afraid a democratic government would pass, and you can't even get rid of them (whereas you can get rid of local government commissioners who pass ridiculous laws, and vote in people who'll get rid of them.)
The entire concept of HOAs needs to be outlawed.