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GQ Victim-Blames Rand Paul After His Neighbor Breaks Five Of His Ribs

GQ Victim-Blames Rand Paul After His Neighbor Breaks Five of His Ribs

By Craig H. Dixon

Last Saturday, Sen. Rand Paul sustained five broken ribs and lung injuries after he was physically attacked in his front yard. In the aftermath of the assault, Jack Moore over at Gentleman’s Quarterly decided to shame the victim, in his piece, ‘Rand Paul Sounds Like the Worst Guy to Have as a Neighbor.’

Moore based his theory on a New York Times report that the attack may have been fueled over a lawn dispute:

“The senator grows pumpkins on his property, composts and has shown little interest for neighborhood regulations… Competing explanations of the origins of the drama cited stray yard clippings, newly planted saplings and unraked leaves.”

Moore thinks it’s important to note that Paul is a libertarian. Because of this, Moore asserts, Paul probably believes in “Property Rights” (quotations are Moore’s)–this is a problem:

Moore thinks it’s important to note that Paul is a libertarian. Because of this, Moore asserts, Paul probably believes in “Property Rights” (quotations are Moore’s)–this is a problem:

“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.”

Let’s skip over his speculations (what he calls ‘reading between the lines’) and ignore his loaded claims about libertarianism. Let’s focus on the real question: Who is the bad neighbor here?

Maybe it’s just me but between a guy who grows pumpkins on his property and someone who would tackle me from behind and break five of my ribs – the latter sounds like the asshole neighbor. Moore’s sense of morality seems to be poisoned by his devotion to his Democrat identity.

I’m going to read between the lines a bit here.

Jack Moore would probably be an asshole neighbor, too.

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  1. Unraked leaves and lawn clippings… Breaking 5 ribs. Who exactly doesn’t “want to follow the rules that we as a society have agreed upon?”

    BS article and furthermore opinion.

    Also citing libertarianism as the root. There’s a difference between “reading between the lines” and purely sensational speculation.

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