How Should Hated Policymakers Be Treated?

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Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen waits for US President Donald Trump as he arrives to tour the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, California on April 5, 2019. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Since Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen got the boot last weekend, there’s been a lot of public discussion of how she should be treated going forward among people understandably incensed by the cruel family-seperation policies she so incompetently enforced.

New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg suggested that Nielsen should be made a “pariah” for her work and the unnecessary misery it caused, and should be denied “the sort of cushy corporate landing or prestigious academic appointment once customary for ex-administration officials…to serve as a warning to others that the Trump stink never washes off.”

Others have gone further—the Globe ran an opinion column suggesting Nielsen should be verbally abused if spotted in a restaurant, and that it would be a noble act to tamper with her food.

I have no use for Nielsen or the policies she pursued.

And I completely understand the desire for rough justice.

Stay tuned for a white-hot commentary if Harvard repeats its past practice of treating creeps and liars to fancy fellowships.

But I would ask the folks calling for this to ask themselves the same question Nielsen should have asked before going along with her odious orders – how would I like it if what I’m about to do were done to me?

If the answer is, I’d be fine with it, so be it.

But if a truthful answer is no, I wouldn’t like it much, remember the advice of Matthew 7:12—“do to others as you would have them do to you.”

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