What are a few broken ribs in America’s war against structural slavery? Rene Boucher may be technically guilty of assaulting Senator Rand Paul over the Constitutional interpretation of “property rights,” but that makes him a hero and patriot, not a criminal.
All things considered, that is the only possible conclusion regarding the altercation between Mr. Boucher and his neighbor Rand. The conservative news “narrative” is that Paul is a victim, but closer examination reveals a man drunk on white privilege who used his wealth and power to oppress an entire neighborhood of white allies.
Mr. Paul had just stepped off a riding lawn mower on Friday when Rene Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist who lived next door, charged and tackled him. Because Mr. Paul was wearing sound-muting earmuffs, he did not realize Mr. Boucher was coming…
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…
“They just couldn’t get along. I think it had very little to do with Democrat or Republican politics,” said Jim Skaggs, who developed the gated community and who lives nearby. “I think it was a neighbor-to-neighbor thing. They just both had strong opinions, and a little different ones about what property rights mean.”
Asked about long-leveled allegations that Mr. Paul had disregarded neighborhood regulations, Mr. Skaggs, who is also a former leader of the county Republican Party, said that the senator “certainly believes in stronger property rights than exist in America.”
The foundation of American “civil” society is irrevocably linked to the ancient pagan right to own slaves. So what should happen when a powerful leader of government repeatedly disregards the collective efforts of his neighbors and constituents to end structural slavery?
What should happen when his pagan pumpkin rituals connote the godlike power of a Holy Roman emperor? When he nonchalantly destroys neighborhood property values with illegal saplings and unraked leaves?
Rene Boucher happens.
The oppressor – an anti-academic rape advocate who spews hate speech against women, Muslims, and people of color – is justifiably attacked by the white ally he is oppressing.
America is a nation of laws, not men. Paul thinks he is above the law, that any social contract between himself and his neighbors is null and void because he is an imperial Senator. So he brutally ignores city ordinances, landscaping rules, and property lines, while demanding strict adherence by his subjects.
Paul incited Boucher to attack, and if justice was truly blind Paul would have paid the ultimate price.
Rather, it was blind luck that Boucher did not, as Thomas Jefferson suggested, “refresh” his illegal saplings with the blood of a tyrant.