GQ magazine thinks that perhaps Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who sustained five badly broken ribs when he was attacked by a neighbor, had it coming.
"Rand Paul Sounds Like the Worst Guy to Have as a Neighbor," author Jack Moore writes. And a post on Twitter went even further, saying:
The men's fashion and style magazine doesn't really think the attack was motivated by politics. Paul suffered broken ribs and bruises to his lungs on Friday at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Paul told police he was tackled from behind after the neighbor entered his property. And Gentleman's Quarterly isn't sure Paul didn't deserve that beatdown.
So, according to interviews conducted by the New York Times, it seems as though the root of the dispute between the two men is landscaping. Yep. Of all the possible causes for these two to dislike each other, it's the oldest neighborly issue in the book: "I don't like the way you take care of your lawn." Now, you might be wondering how that has anything to do with politics? Well, it turns out that Rand Paul is a bit of an asshole about his yard. ...
The piece cites the Times story, which said "Competing explanations of the origins of the drama cited stray yard clippings, newly planted saplings and unraked leaves."
So, let's read between the lines a bit here. Rand Paul is an asshole neighbor. He bought a house in a neighborhood that has certain rules with regard to lawns, and he decided that he doesn't need to follow those rules because of his belief in "property rights" that don't actually exist. This is, at its core, the problem with libertarianism. Libertarians don't want to follow the rules that we as a society have agreed upon, because they feel those rules step on their freedoms. And sometimes they might even be right, but that doesn't mean that they are above those rules and can do whatever they want.
The magazine says the alleged attacker, Rene Boucher, is a Democrat and "was also an asshole, who cared way too much about what his neighbor's yard looked like." Moore says he doesn't want to "excuse the other side of this."
But the thrust of the piece is that Paul acted as if he was "above those rules," so, maybe, just maybe, he had it coming.