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Why Did Someone Unexpectedly and Violently Attack Sen. Rand Paul?

There are two narratives going on now regarding why a neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul viciously attacked him while Dr. Paul was mowing his lawn. The alleged criminal assailant is also a doctor, retired, one Rene Boucher.

One claim is that there has been an ongoing lawn care dispute between the two neighbors, something to do with Dr. Paul growing pumpkins and composting. The other claim is that Boucher’s alleged attack was politically motivated, because Dr. Paul is a conservative, and Republican (and alleged to be a libertarian), and Boucher supposedly is a Democrat leftist who hates Donald Trump.

First, though, why is Rand Paul mowing his own lawn? Sure some of those HOAs such as the one he belongs to have property maintenance as a part of their contracts, and others don’t. But doesn’t he have kids? And aren’t some of them still teenagers? Shouldn’t they be mowing the lawn? But I digress.

Now, apparently siding with the assertion that the alleged violent assault on Rand Paul was to do with a lawn care dispute, Bloomberg columnist Virginia Postrel seems to believe the statements made by the developer of the neighborhood in question, when she writes:

The libertarian-leaning Paul, son of populist-libertarian icon Ron Paul, doesn’t think much of his gated community’s rules and regulations. He “was probably the hardest person to encourage to follow the [homeowners association rules] of anyone out here, because he has a strong belief in property rights,” Jim Skaggs, the community’s developer and a former leader of the county Republican Party, told the Louisville Courier-Journal. Paul originally fought with the association over his house plans. “He wanted to actually own the property rights and build any kind of house he wanted,” said Skaggs. “He didn’t end up doing that, but it was a struggle.”

And Postrel writes that Rand Paul’s “get-out-of-my-face version of libertarianism doesn’t seem to respect the crucially important freedom to make, and responsibility to respect, contracts.”

And Tom Mullen has this libertarian response to accusations that Dr. Paul was violating the HOA agreement with his allegedly improper lawn care. Mullen responds to an ignorant leftist writer Elie Mystal on the “above the law” website, who belittles the Non-Aggression Principle and confuses contracts with regulations. Mullen writes:

Neither Mystal nor I know the terms of Rand Paul’s HOA contract, but if they prohibit either pumpkin patches or compost heaps, then Rand Paul appears to be in violation of that contract. Libertarians would side with the HOA, not Rand Paul. However, the HOA contract also provides penalties for violation of the terms, which I’m fairly certain don’t include bum-rushing him and breaking his ribs.

And in a refutation of the “above the law” website writer’s slamming the Non-Aggression Principle, Tom Mullen writes,

In fact, Jefferson reiterated the NAP as the basis for law and governance many times over the course of his life. Examples include thisthis and this.

Rather than a “cute theory of social interaction,” the NAP was the guiding principle of American liberty for well over a century until Woodrow Wilson specifically called it out as no longer adequate for what he considered too complex a society for the NAP to govern. Libertarians disagree with Wilson.

However, we are now learning more about the alleged “landscaping dispute,” according to the Washington Examiner, and that the Pauls’ and Boucher’s neighbors do not believe that the yard controversy is the cause.

According to the Examiner, one neighbor stated, “The Pauls are and always have been great neighbors and friends. They take pride in their property and maintain it accordingly. Rand has enjoyed working on and maintaining his lawn for as long as I have known him.” And other neighbors interviewed also reiterated those sentiments.

It’s really hard for me to believe that a retired anesthesiologist and pain specialist, a medical doctor with no apparent prior record of violence would so aggressively attack his neighbor like this. And I find it hard to believe that, while Boucher’s online information indicates that he is a “Never Trumper” and registered Democrat, that those would be reasons for him to viciously attack his neighbor.

Several articles I’ve seen state that Boucher lives alone, although one website cited a 2005 Bowling Green Daily News article in which the 59-year-old Boucher said his “wife Lisa” helped him prepare his pain-relieving vest invention for marketing. So, that he now supposedly lives alone implies that he is either divorced, separated or widowed. It could be that his being alone is affecting his behavior, if he is alone after being married for many years.

Another theory I have is that, given that Boucher is an “anesthesiologist,” perhaps he has been “self-medicating”? Now, I’m only asking, not accusing or anything like that. Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist and expert on psychiatric drugs, has suggested that he has known doctors who were getting into their drugs and “self-medicating.” That’s why I’m asking.

Dr. Breggin wrote about the Army psychiatrist known as the “Fort Hood Shooter,” who murdered 13 people on that military base, Dr. Nidal Hasan. And I’m not comparing Boucher here with a convicted mass murderer religious fanatic, I’m not. But Dr. Breggin wrote, “Psychiatrists are notorious for treating themselves with psychiatric drugs. They have them freely available and they simply don’t know anything different. The odds are that Dr. Hasan was self-medicating with antidepressants and tranquilizers that were causing his increasing disinhibition, at least in his pronouncements…”

So, is it just psychiatrists who would or could be doing this? Or other medical doctors?

And again, because I don’t want to deal with any defamation lawsuits, I’m not comparing Boucher with a terrorist mass murderer. Boucher hasn’t even been convicted of anything. But it is fair to ask, if Boucher did violently attack Dr. Paul, if it is possible that Boucher may have been self-medicating, that’s all. The drug companies give doctors so many free samples now, in addition to the free coffee mugs and clipboards with the names of drug brands on them, as I mentioned recently.

And no, I am not suggesting that those psychiatric drugs are an excuse (like the “Twinkie Defense”) for people who have committed acts of violence, like the recent Texas church shooter and the Las Vegas shooter, both of whom had been taking psychiatric drugs (as were the South Carolina church shooter, Dylan Storm Roof, the Germanwings Airlines co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who took down his plane and mass-murdered 144 people, the Aurora Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, the Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza, the Santa Barbara college shooter Elliot Rodger, and Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris).

But we have to have some kind of explanation for the unexpected violent attack on some guy mowing his lawn, and I don’t think it’s politics, and I don’t think it’s a lawn care argument.

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