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Massachusetts Lawmakers Seek to Outlaw Spanking Children

November 28th, 2007 by Halli

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.”

Hmmm.

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 — children.”

The distinction between “domestic violence” laws and child abuse laws is unclear, especially given Rep. Kaufman’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 “swatted them a couple of times.”

Another hmmm. Did I already apply the term “hypocrite”?

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?

Not only is common sense spanking generally accepted in the US, but it also has a Biblical basis (see Proverbs 13:24, and Proverbs 29:15.)

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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Posted in Education, Family Matters, Politics in General | 5 Comments »

5 Responses

  1. Bubblehead Says:

    Halli said: “… 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.”

    I agree whole-heartedly. That sounds pretty much like what people opposed to the Rep. Steve Thayn’s Family Task Force and their over-zealous attempt to dictate parenting styles are saying…

  2. Eagle Scout Says:

    More parenting advice from the Bible. Disobedient children must be executed.

    He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. — Exodus 21:15

    He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. — Exodus 21:17

    For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. — Leviticus 20:9

    We must follow them all, the Bible isn’t a cafeteria plan. When my son talks back to me I guess I’ll have to kill him.

  3. Halli Says:

    You know, Bubblehead, all the Family Task Force is trying to do is minimize government’s impact on Idaho Families. Every time a law is enacted that raises taxes, intrudes on the home or authority of parents, etc., choices are taken away from families. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Idaho tax burden were lightened, allowing mothers to stay home IF THEY WISHED? For many, there is no real option of staying home because one breadwinner is not able to bear the burden of big government alone.

    Don’t recall reading anything about “parenting styles” mentioned in the Task Force agenda, but if YOU did, be sure to get right back to me.

  4. Bubblehead Says:

    Who knows what they’re agenda or report actually says? So far, they’re the only 2007 Task Force that has refused to post any actual information on the Legislature’s web site. ( http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2007/Interim/interimcommittees.htm#family ) I’d be interested in you providing an example of a family where the Mom has to work because they need only the extra 8% in family income to pay Idaho State taxes.

    I’ve been lucky enough where my wife didn’t work from the time out oldest was born until our youngest turned 16, but a lot of families haven’t been able to make that choice. My Church teaches that the wife should stay home with the children, and while that’s worked for me and many people I know, that doesn’t necessarily work for everyone — and my Church is not the state (like it pretty much is one state to the south ). I just don’t see Steve Thayn and his “Committee of Correspondence” as providing anything this state needs at this time.

  5. Eagle Scout Says:

    And more parenting advice from the Bible. How to deal with that mouthy teen aged daughter:
    Exodus 21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.
    21:8 If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.

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