Op-Ed Contributor: Yard Rage: The Rand Paul Assault

What could it have been about? Oh, any number of things, a highly scientific analysis of feuding neighbors through history suggests.

When Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, was tackled by a neighbor while riding his lawn mower this month, the initial assumption was that it was about politics. Not necessarily. It was more likely about yard waste, the developer of the gated community where the neighbors live told The Louisville Courier-Journal.“This has been festering for years,” he said. His best guess was that Senator Paul, a libertarian and believer in property rights, provoked the incident by blowing lawn trimmin...