It is hard to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when there is so much noise.
Ayn Rand wrote in For The New Intellectual that "to deny property rights means to turn men into property owned by the state. Whoever claims the 'right' to 'redistribute' the wealth produced by others is claiming the 'right' to treat human beings as chattel." Her spiritual heir, Senator Rand Paul, apparently claims the right to redistribute his leaves on to his neighbor's lawn. His neighbor apparently responded by tackling the Senator from behind, breaking six of Senator Paul's ribs and bruising his lungs.
But asked about how @RandPaul ended up with 6 broken ribs, one GOP strategist told me that "coastal elites," particularly reporters, were failing to understand "the leaf blower wars that take place all across Middle America…. https://t.co/hucIfA2dDt— Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) November 9, 2017
Now I am no coastal elitist, unless one considers that the Great Lakes have coasts, but there is no question that leaf blowers have been a scourge of humanity forever; one of my very first posts complained about them, back when our posts were short so that people could read them on their TRS-80s.
The crude little two-stroke engines used by most commercial backpack-style blowers are pollution bombs. “Simplest benchmark: running a leafblower for 30 minutes creates more emissions than driving a F-150 pickup truck 3800 miles,” [James] Fallows writes. “About one-third of the gasoline that goes into this sort of engine is spewed out, unburned, in an aerosol mixed with oil in the exhaust.”
Does this person think Middle America has a monopoly on hating leaf blowers? I'm pretty sure it's something we can all agree on. Even @WilliamShatner has a line about it.— Jacob Roche (@jakeroche) November 9, 2017
Evidently Senator Paul and his neighbor have been fighting over property rights for years; according to the Courier Journal,
"I think this is something that has been festering," said Jim Skaggs, the developer of the Rivergreen gated community in Bowling Green, where the two men live. "... I wanted to build a place where everyone could get along, but I guess that's just impossible."
If leaf blowers are outlawed, only outlaws will have leaf blowers. And really, how many casualties must we endure in these leaf blower wars?— Dinur Blum (@rabbi_d) November 9, 2017
Especially when one of the men is armed with a leaf blower. Fortunately, the Second Amendment doesn't cover leaf blowers, so perhaps it is time to lower the temperature around the USA every fall by banning them as noisy, noxious and unnecessary impediments to neighbors' life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Of course, readers always complain that I want to ban everything, but I think many would agree that leaf blowers have now gone beyond being just noisy and polluting but to the stage where they incite violence. The libertarian Senator Mauled Paul probably wouldn't agree, but they are still a scourge of humanity.