A cadre of Massachusetts hypocrites is spearheading an effort to outlaw spanking of children by parents.
Of course, it is already illegal to use corporal punishment in Massachusetts schools, and there are already laws prohibiting child abuse by any adult. But this group wants to step over the threshold of US tradition, as well as the thresholds of millions of private homes, to police parenting styles.
According to Boston’s WCVB, the proposed bill would outlaw whipping, spanking, pinching, administering electric shock, “hot saucing”, washing out a child’s mouth with soap, or any other manner of “the willful infliction of physical pain on children under 18.” Under the new law, children would be able to turn in their parents for any infractions.
WCVB TV in Boston reports that Rep. Jay Kaufman is sponsoring the legislation at the request of a Massachusetts nurse, who wishes to see Massachusetts become the first state in the nation to join an international movement towards outlawing spanking.
Interestingly, Rep. Kaufman was a guest this morning on the Michael Graham Show, heard on Boston’s WTKK Radio. After discussing the bill, Graham asked Kaufman two questions, the answers to which were particularly revealing.
Graham asked Kaufman the difference between sanctions against spanking and those imposed by current child abuse laws.
Kaufman answered: Nothing (see above list of punishments).
Graham wrapped up by asking Kaufman if he spanked his own children.
Kaufman replied: That’s none of your d— business.”
Kathleen Wolf, the Massachusetts nurse mentioned, was a guest this morning on Good Morning America. Nurse Wolf commented, “I think it’s ironic that domestic violence applies to everyone except the most vulnerable â€” children.â€
The distinction between â€œdomestic violenceâ€ laws and child abuse laws is unclear, especially given Rep. Kaufmanâ€™s admission that there were no differences between sanctions in both laws.
We are forced to draw into question the IQ of Nurse Wolf, especially in light of the following exchange.
GMA hosts asked the nurse if she had ever spanked her own children.
Nurse Wolf admitted that she had â€œswatted them a couple of times.â€
Another hmmm. Did I already apply the term â€œhypocriteâ€?
While laws against excessive punishment and/or child abuse should be enforced, government and overly zealous, self-appointed do-gooders attempting to dictate parenting styles should be kept out of private homes and the families who live there. This proposed Massachusetts law is just the newest attack on parents in the on-going and long-term assault on traditional families.
For instance, here is just one of the many “magical” government vicious cycles that destroys families: high taxes force mothers to seek employment outside the home, necessitating the formation of a huge child care industry, which government also regulates heavily, at significant cost to the taxpayer. Government regulation in turn drives the cost of child care out of the reach of many families, necessitating another government assistance program which subsidizes child care costs. This in turn raises taxes, causing even more women to leave their children to work outside the home, resulting in the neglect of children, inadequate parental supervision, and increased family strife.
But then, it should come as no surprise that government do-gooders love to devise even more programs to address problems they themselves create. It is a win-win situation for bureaucrats who are intent upon expanding their own power by increasing the size and impact of their personal bureaucracy, while at the same time assuring themselves job security by proving their own indispensability.
Overgrown and overreaching government run amok is magical.
The ultimate goal of this government assault on families is to strip control of children from inadequate, under prepared parents (that’s all of us) while transferring that control to government experts (that’s all of them) who “know what’s best”.
Given the decades-long trend of government intervention in the home and family, we can predict that the United States will soon look like the old Soviet Union, where parents were deemed unsuitable guardians of their own children. Children were then shipped to government boarding schools for indoctrination, where they were taught, among other things, to report any unacceptable activities of their parents. (Sounds just a bit like the new Massachusetts anti-spanking law – no wonder some refer to the Bay State as the Socialist State of Massachusetts.)
Individuals, families and taxpayers are the big losers as the trend continues. Yes, even CHILDREN lose out.
But I digress. Returning to the issue at hand, which is spanking in the home, should we not applaud parents who care enough about their children to discipline them at all, rather than seeking to criminalize even their reasonable behavior?
And should we not keep the over-arching government nanny state out of our homes?
Keep an eye out for an anti-spanking campaign coming to a state near you.
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