Recently Donald Trump
, leading candidate for the Republican
nomination to be President of the United States
, said that his
administration would go after, the words were "take out" the relatives of terrorists. He didn't go into detail about his plans for these families. (I
presume he meant alter the status of these persons from being what are called "living persons" to that of being what are called "dead persons".)
TRUMP: You have to 'take out' terrorists' families
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration would try to "take out" terrorists' families, in
addition to the militants themselves.
What is the approach that a polite Republican should take when presented with a policy statement like that?
After nervous laughter, I mean.
Does one take it seriously? Does one ask Mr. Trump if he has a detailed plan in place for the dispersal of real estate and personal property in the
wake of "taking out" these relatives of terrorists? Does he intend to remove the entire family lineage currently alive, or only the immediate
What about adopted children of the family? Will they be "taken out" too?
The only comparable policy from a national government that I am aware of, along these lines, would exempt non blood relations, like adopted children,
as long as they weren't known for acting like little terrors, i.e., miniature terrorists of the sort you find in playgrounds, who might reasonably be
expected to grow up to follow the example of a terrorist predecessor.
I don't think it would be in good taste to mention the government to which I am referring.
I'm assuming that people who have married into a terrorist's family would be "taken out", naturally, but surely their
own relatives, i.e., the
"in-laws", would be far enough removed as to remove the necessity of removal.
There is a precedent for making these discriminations, by a national government. The documentation setting out the details is available. Maybe Mr.
Trump's press people are already familiar with those details and prepared to take questions from Republicans, about them, or even from the Press, if
they should take an interest in this matter.
Or, perhaps the "done" thing among the Republicans, is not to mention this sort of "solution" publicly and simply to take it as "understood".
That must be it. Fewer awkward moments that way. I'm sure Mr. Trump must have the details of this policy worked out to his own satisfaction. Surely.
He must. This is a serious matter.
I can't help wondering how this policy will be implemented. Will there be daily coverage of people being "taken out" in the press? Will children in
school be counseled psychologically when classmates begin to be "taken out" of their lives?
Are Republican Party organizers addressing these issues among themselves? Are the rank and file receptive to Mr. Trump's new policy on terrorists'
families? When one meets a Republican friend, what is the polite way to handle this issue? Do Republicans talk about it freely?
Maybe Republican wives should begin to organize luncheon meetings or something, you know, the way women get together, (I'm not a woman) to put the
right face on an awkward situation. I'm assuming it is
an awkward situation. Maybe I'm wrong about that.
Please help me with this. Is this seen as an awkward development by Republicans, Mr. Trump's intention to "take out" the families of terrorists?
Maybe he just means overseas
families of terrorists! Not American families of terrorists, or families in the UK, for example.
That would be different, obviously, although it would probably be much easier to identify
the family of an American terrorist or an English
terrorist than the family of somebody from Sirte or Benghazi in Libya.
Maybe I'm all wrong about this. Maybe Donald Trump is really telling his supporters that he intends to "take out" the Saudi Royal Family!
I'm not sure the Republican response to that idea would be as enthusiastic as Donald's floating the idea in the first place. Of course there are
rumors that the Saudis, through their relatives, are financing terrorists and in some cases, these rumors might be true, but surely wiping out the
entire Saudi Royal Family because of a couple of bad apples is not going to fly in Republican circles. Heavens, the Bush Family,
is in business
with the Saudis, are they not?
Am I just a bothersome kook, or is Mr. Trump's policy of "taking out" the families of terrorists poorly conceived?
If Mr. Trump is planning to "take out" the Saudi Royal Family, simply because some of them support terrorism, maybe we're already past the point where
"etiquette" is relevant to the Trump campaign. I certainly hope so.
edit on 3-12-2015 by ipsedixit because: (no reason
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