This great state of Caleefornia is at it again. We are trailblazing in reverse, moving our psychobabble over the Donner pass and into the Great Plains. Sally Lieber, democratic representative from Mountain View, with no children and one cat, has announced she will soon present a bill to the legislature banning corporal punishment of children aged zero to three. She said her measure would make spanking a misdemeanor, subject to a maximum one-year jail term and $1,000 fine. Remember that Lieber doesn't mind killing them as long as they're still in the womb. The moment they're born though, look out!! She makes some very enlightening statements, such as: they're "absolutely defenseless." The thought has occurred that we could get some martial arts training for toddlers so that they can disobey, rebel, and then defend themselves when a parent attempts to swat them on the tush (that protruding padded area on their back sides).
Ms. Lieber, dedicated feline owner, says that children become "addicted to violence" by means of spanking. I can guarantee you that she is basing that on no credible study. She should look at the statistics on assaults on children in very enlightened Sweden, who banned spanking of children in a 1979 law. Before the law, Sweden saw 21% of the violence against children seen in the U. S. Since then, Sweden has seen a 672% increase in assaults by minors against minors and a 489% increase in one particular child abuse statistic. Hey, evidence shows that not getting spanked is what results in more violence from and against young people. Ouch!! And we're not talking spankings.
Catmeister Sally says, "They don't understand the connection between their conduct and the spanking." Wow. And she owns a cat. Perhaps she could get a puppy, because puppies not yet a year old can be trained the meaning of "No." Puppies are trained using non-abusive corporal punishment. I've got an announcement for you. You ready? People are smarter than dogs. There it is. Take some time to let that sink in. Children before the age of one can understand the connection between their conduct and the spanking.
Ms. Leiber talks like we can't discern the difference between abuse and proper discipline. They are extremely easy to delineate. That is just a lie. Our governator, commenting on the proposed bill, said that the parents of his native Austria smacked kids for everything. He wondered whether they were just bitter over losing the war. Other columnists opposing the Lieber bill still are sure to mention that they themselves don't agree with spanking. All of this creates an atmosphere of fear for parental discipline. That isn't going to help parents at all. Children are lacking in discipline, not getting too much of it.
Alright, all of the above pales in comparison to the fact that God tells us to use spanking as a means of child training. Several verses in Proverbs lay out the details. I guarantee you that it works and does not result in "more violence" or in "breaking a child's spirit" when done Scripturally correct. I've got five closing words for all of us: LET'S SAY NO TO SALLY!!