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Victim Blame: Media Suggests Rand Paul Deserved To Be Attacked
By Joe Jarvis - November 08, 2017

The media has got their narrative and they are sticking to it.

It doesn’t matter that a shooter specifically targetted a Republican softball practice in June. It didn’t fit the narrative that the right is brewing hatred and violence. So most media was quiet about the Democrat Bernie supporter shooter.

Senator Rand Paul was one of the members of Congress at that softball practice in June. And now, for the second time this year, he has been literally attacked by a Democrat.

Rand Paul was attacked at his home earlier this week by his neighbor. First news outlets made it seem like this was just a silly little case of neighbors feuding over the length of the lawn. But then it came out that Rand suffered 5 fractured ribs. He was blindsided after cutting his lawn, still wearing ear protection.

And if the nonchalant attitude of the media wasn’t enough, GQ published a piece called Rand Paul Sounds Like the Worst Guy to Have as a Neighbor.

That’s it. Blame the victim. Rand Paul deserved to be attacked because he is an annoying neighbor.

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.

GQ never bothered to find out whether Rand Paul actually broke any of the rules, nor what specifically those were. But they did note that he composts and grows pumpkins on his property. Sounds like a pretty big scumbag.

Now to be fair, I don’t know why Paul would buy a home in a strict neighborhood. By joining a voluntary neighborhood association, you are making an agreement that if you buy the land, you will abide by the pre-existing rules. A true libertarian would have bought an off the grid bunker somewhere in the remote hills of Kentucky.

But I do think it is funny that the major complaints against Paul involve composting. I talked about this the other day, how everyone looks for the worst. The media could focus on the fact that Paul puts food waste to good use instead of filling the landfills. But instead, he is just a jerk because the neighborhood association apparently says you can’t compost.

It is also pretty damn ironic that the article complains about Rand Paul breaking his neighborhood association rules. Because at the same time they gloss over the fact that his neighbor broke that pretty standard social rule about not violently attacking people.

But don’t worry, GQ did put part of the blame on the violent attacker:

Now, I don’t want to excuse the other side of this. One of the problems with Democrats is we’ve never met government oversight that we didn’t like. And there’s a good metaphor for Democratic politics in the obnoxious Home Owners Association rules that drive everyone crazy. So it sure seems like this Rene Boucher was also an asshole, who cared way too much about what his neighbor’s yard looked like.

It seems like a guy who just broke 5 of his neighbor’s ribs over grass clipping was also, possibly, an asshole. Actually, it seems more like he was a typical worshipper of the state. It sounds like he thinks violence and threats can solve all problems.

I’m not here to defend Rand Paul’s politics. I think he has missed plenty of opportunities to color himself a true freedom lover. I think he took the bait during the Presidential primaries and fell into the Trump Trap. And while I don’t even think he is that libertarian, he is likely the most pro-freedom Senator in Congress.

But none of that should matter because this is about someone being attacked. I don’t want any politician, or any person, in general, to be attacked. Yet the left’s rhetoric is getting more and more violent. Antifa and other liberal groups are destroying more property, and attacking more people they label nazis.

Yet if you consult the media, they will blame the “anti-government” folks for inciting violence against the left.

Articles like GQ’s are further proof that the left excuses their own violence, and promotes it.

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  • Jonathan Halsey

    I thought it was okay to attack Libertarians; after all aren’t they fascists too?

    • dave3200

      Yes, fascists and racists, too. Especially the Paul family.

      • disqus_xp4GYx7DZk

        Riiiiiiiiiiiight…..

  • Varangian Guard

    Interesting the GQ writer used the term “we” when describing Democrats.
    I guess Democrats approve of 5 broken ribs only representing a misdemeanor.
    “We” citizen tax payers believe in Liberty and the protection of not being attacked on your own private property DO NOT AGREE. And GQ, you can GFY. You are a rag publication for narrow, shallow minds.

    • gomurr

      He’s quoting from the article in GQ.

      • Varangian Guard

        That is clearly evident, your point?

        • gomurr

          Sorry, my error. I thought you were referring to the writer of the article. No surprise GQ writer refers to “we” re Dems. My mistake.

  • Dems have a five rib rule sort of like the five-second rule regarding dropped cookies. So long as they don’t exceed five broken ribs – three displaced!! – unprovoked violence is the fault of the unsuspecting victim. Under six is a 4th degree misdemeanor carrying a burdensome $7,500 bail for the millionaire perp.

    There is one exception to the rule. If your first name is Hillary and you work for the State Department, you are allowed to receive up to 200 unsecured communications from your Ambassadors daily before any felony charges will be brought.

    • Actually today a new report said it WAS 6 ribs! haha they broke their limit

      • Yes indeed! According to Democrat math, that would elevate the charge to a 3rd degree misdemeanor. Or a trophy. Not sure which one is correct.

  • Don Duncan

    Note the GQ explanation of libertarians and how they diverge from “society”, as if the two groups are different. GQ speaks for society? Can GQ exclude some groups as not part of society? Is this possible? Who made GQ the judge of who gets to be part of society and who doesn’t? Also, the implication is that if you are not part of society, you are still obligated to follow rules of society, e.g., outsiders are not exempt from decisions they disagree with. Why? No explanation is given.

    GQ does say that property rights don’t exist. Then it switches to the broader concept of freedom (from which rights are devolved) and admits society may “step on” freedom with rules. Then it claims rules (law) trumps freedom.

    The conclusion is clear. If freedom is limited by the whim of the mob (democracy), then it doesn’t exist, except by permission of authorities who enforce law subjectively, which effectively is slavery, not freedom.

    But I’m positive GQ (Progressives, statists) would not go that far, i.e., would not be so intellectually honest, at least not yet, not until they achieve total control. So, there is still time, still freedom enough to identify the statist worship of authority as irrational and brutal violence that has no place in a civilized world.

    • Col. E. H. R. Green

      Since the statists at GQ believe that property rights are a fiction, then they should have no objection to anyone barging into their properties that they don’t own and taking away whatever they want.

  • Groucho_Lenin

    Whenever I read the phrase “we as a society,” my eyes glaze over and roll back into my head, then I lapse into a deep coma. Can someone send me some simple crayon drawings about what happened next?

    • Don Duncan

      That’s exactly what the article was intended to do (one one level), e.g., “nothing to see here, move on”. On another level it was meant to downplay violence that enforces popular superstition, punishes outliers for non-violent acts that hurt no one. This kind of attack is representative of the slow fall of our culture into a dark barbaric age. It won’t be stopped by ignoring it. It must be identified for the danger it is and actively opposed.

  • Don Duncan

    GQ characterized the violent attack by a statist upon a non-violent quasi-statist (breaks some immoral laws, supports other immoral laws) as one “asshole” against another. The first went overboard a little, the second was fundamentally anti-social. The implication is that Rene got too emotional (too passionate?) and Rand thinks he is “above… rules and can do whatever…”.

    Which person would you sympathize with based on this? This is propaganda, e.g., a distortion by omission. And it is business as usual for MSM. It must be corrected.

    • The mainstream media is merely a propaganda organ for the Deep State. This is beyond lying. It is agitprop.

  • henry pierson

    Fake news by omission.

  • MetaCynic

    Weird. The law which Hillary was briefed on and which she acknowledged this in writing when first appointed as Secretary of State is that it’s a felony to improperly handle state secrets. No exceptions are allowed, period. Yet the media and the DoJ gave her a free pass even after her admission that she, “inadvertently” collected thousands of classified state documents on her private server.

    Yet we are told by the left that Rand Paul deserves whatever happens to him because he allegedly violated private HOA rules about composting. Composting, by the way is a major item on the left’s list of virtue signals. One would think that the left would be patting Rand on the back for flouting this particular private property rule.

    Who knows, maybe a blindsided attack resulting in 5 broken ribs is the private HOA’s written penalty for breaking the composting rule and that Rand’s neighbor is the rule enforcer. In that case GQ is right, and Rand did deserve what happened to him.

  • Number 6

    Just another in a long long long line of fake stories by the political parties and the mainstream media, made up in a pathetic attempt to get people arguing over the left right paradigm and engage in their fairytale political process again. ie you cant just assault people because you find them annoying, weeeeell the republicans agree but the democrats think its OK, if only you were part of political process you could probably express your anger against these democrats by voting and consenting to be ruled over by the victor.

  • Sam Fox

    Ever do an acronym for Home Owner’s Association? Homo’sass comes to mind.
    Does make one wonder why anyone who loves freedom would put themselves under the thumb of power freaks.
    The left. With RINO-CINOs, fake stream HillaryPACmedia, ‘progressives’, big govt Democrats, leftist violence, the privately owned ‘Federal’ Reserve, regressive income taxes & so on, who needs fascist style communism? There is more of that in the USA now than we will ever need.
    Since they know how far off base they are & that fewer & fewer people support their take the USA down Cloward & Piven-Rules For Radicals style agenda, all the left has to fall back on is violence. Oh yeah. And lies & deception. They do a lot of all that.
    SamFox

  • Raymond McGraw

    The media who backs the likes of Hillary Clinton who now has been found to help run a human spare parts factory has more than just a few loose screws of their own.

  • James Stamulis

    When patriots have had enough and start hitting back lets see how the left likes it then right GQ?

  • Hildy_K

    There is no excuse for what Rand Paul’s neighbor did. I do not give a flip how msm’s scripted stories go. Stepped aside years ago from television and the intention of programming humanity. I hope the neighbor is stripped of all his worldly goods. He’s already lost any reputation he ever had.

    • Ken Sebastian

      Stripped of all his worldly goods……..AND THROWN INTO PRISON !!!

  • NobodysaysBOO

    carry a weapon Mr.congressman, get some training and learn to shoot SAFELY in a KILLING SITUATION, there is a HERO in a tiny TEXAS TOWN you may have heard of who CAN TEACH YOU HOW!!!!

    • Savanna

      Could be wrong. But I would imagine Rand Paul does know how to handle a gun… does anyone know for certain? But yes, we all need to become much more aware and have weapons handy in this troubled world.

      • NobodysaysBOO

        get some real security for our senators.

  • Maximiliano Plus Adrienne

    the land of the free continious to become the land of the oppressed

  • crabcake

    I hope that Mr. Paul does not take the accusations of the communist/socialist cultists as anything but something from real evil doers.

  • guest

    “Yet if you consult the media, they will blame the ‘anti-government’ folks for inciting violence against the left.”

    Bullies and crybullies cannot be explained, except as state interests, under state protections.

    You can’t explain how Communism’s useful idiots have earned their way, in a social setting, having soiled every public fixture and personality, at least, since the civil rights era.

    Don’t make the discussion about HOA’s magical rulings, or who said what about Shia’s girlfriends’ momma, or what gang color. Because, who is enforcing this depraved babble, formally.

  • Savanna

    According to Rand Paul’s actual neighbors, he followed all the rules and kept his house and property tidy just like everyone else did…

    https://www.infowars.com/rand-pauls-neighbors-rip-media-landscaping-dispute-reports

    RAND PAUL’S NEIGHBORS RIP MEDIA ‘LANDSCAPING DISPUTE’ REPORTS

    Seven neighbors in the Rivergreen gated community told Secrets Wednesday that the Pauls are friendly homeowners who kept their property tidy

    Washington Examiner – NOVEMBER 9, 2017

    The Bowling Green, Ky. neighbor who allegedly sucker attack Sen. Rand Paul last weekend, causing six broken ribs, was aggressively anti-Trump and anti-GOP in his social media, calling for the impeachment of the president and urging Russia investigator Robert Mueller to “fry Trump’s gonads.”

    Captured screen grabs of Rene Boucher’s Facebook page provided to Secrets and taken down since the event also show that the anesthesiologist was a fan of the #NeverTrump clan.

    Senator Rand Paul

    ✔@RandPaul

    I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion

    2:27 PM – Nov 8, 2017

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    His lawyer said that politics played no part and it has been suggested that the two verbally tussled over lawn clippings, leaving the impression that the Republican Kentucky senator was anegligent landscaper.

    But seven neighbors in the Rivergreen gated community told Secrets Wednesday that the Pauls are friendly homeowners who kept their property tidy.

    Read more…

  • Larry Deavenport

    If any group has been proven to be anti government it is the far left or Democratic party Look who is inciting violence.

  • Toondrawer*35

    We all hope Rand gets better soon.

  • teabagger_1

    It seems that the “liberal” pontificates of “tolerance” do not know the definition of the word. I guess tolerance is situational to them. The same way they view morality.

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