Liberals continue to baffle me. On one hand, they demand to reserve the absolute right to kill their unborn children anytime it becomes an inconvenience. On the other hand, a few weeks later as soon as that baby is born they immediately want to strip you of your rights as a parent and want to dictate every part of your parenting life…from circumcision to discipline.
A new story straight out of my home state of Texas set my blood to the boiling point as a parent who believes that there is a cataclysmic difference between child abuse and a well-deserved, appropriately placed spanking.
Rosalina Gonzales had pleaded guilty to a felony charge of injury to a child for what prosecutors had described as a “pretty simple, straightforward spanking case.” They noted she didn’t use a belt or leave any bruises, just some red marks.
Raise your hand, anyone, if you’ve ever had some well deserved red marks on your hiney placed there by a loving mother and father intent on raising a productive member of society? (My hand is straight up in the air.) I personally feared every time my mom whipped the hairbrush out of her purse or I heard my dad say, “When we get home, you are to meet me in your bedroom.” I knew I had crossed the line and would soon be getting my comeuppance. However, it was always done in love and even at the height of that discipline as a young child, I knew that.
A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas had some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child before sentencing her to probation.
“You don’t spank children today,” said Judge Jose Longoria. “In the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don’t spank children.”
Rosalina Gonzales had pleaded guilty to a felony charge of injury to a child for what prosecutors had described as a “pretty simple, straightforward spanking case.” They noted she didn’t use a belt or leave any bruises, just some red marks.As part of the plea deal, Gonzales will serve five years probation, during which time she’ll have to take parenting classes, follow CPS guidelines, and make a $50 payment to the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Longaria needs a lesson straight from the heart of Texas that can hopefully be taught through the next judicial election. And maybe a spanking as well. Via CBN News:
The Texas Attorney General’s office declined to comment Wednesday on the legality of spanking when contacted by several media organizations. However, the attorney general’s website has the following information posted under the title Is “Spanking OK?”
“Texas law allows the use of force, but not deadly force, against a child by the child’s parent, guardian, or other person who is acting in loco parentis. Most parents do, in fact, use corporal punishment at least occasionally, and most do not, in fact, consider it abusive. Experts disagree about the advisability of ever spanking a child. Some say that, combined with other methods of discipline, mild spanking of a small child is harmless and effective. Others claim that other methods of discipline work as well as spanking or better, and that spanking is not necessary…”
It looks very clearly to me that this judge has overstepped his boundaries as Texas allows spankings. Perhaps this judge should spend some time over at the Juvenile Courts and see what happens when there is a lack of good, solid discipline in a home; the same court which now holds parents responsible for the child’s actions.
It is my understanding that Judge Longoria is up for re-election in 2012. Hopefully this will be the noodle that sticks on the wall and everyone remembers this incident when it is time to vote!