Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Socialist Republic of California

I like living in California, and I am always trying to find reasons to make it attractive to my boyfriend-whom-I-am-going-to-marry" (sorry, fiancé is just so fact we were trying to make up an American word for fiancé, and decided on "bobble") to possibly move here one day. This morning I saw a headline on the front page of the Daily News that made me groan, because it would be one more strike against California: "Spanking might be outlawed".

If the proposed legislation is approved, California would become the first state in the nation to explicitly ban parents from swatting their toddlers.

Thankfully most people seem to agree that this is a case of the government overreaching. But still, the fact that they are even going to propose this irks me.

Don't get me wrong. I am not promoting child abuse here, I just think this is a law where they are in fact assuming that most people can't use proper judgment in how to discipline their kids.


Blogger Teresa said...

Sadly with this kind of legislation proposal it's the "foot in the door". Right now, people are up in arms and annoyed. However, now that it's been proposed, I am willing to bet that sometime in the next 5 years this particular bill or something like it will be enacted in one of the nanny-states.

I've got my money on Massachusetts being the first. You've never seen such a "blue" state as they have here. It's 95% run by the Dems - and yet people blame everything on the Republicans. If it wasn't so scary it would be hilarious.

I do happen to find the state itself to be beautiful and the people to be nice... the government on all levels really sucks pond water - in that way it's not too different from Illinois. *grin*

8:24 PM  
Blogger airforcewife said...

I believe wholeheartedly that anyone wanting to enact such legislation should spend two weeks in a house with all four of my kids.

Then we'll talk about "alternative consequences".

2:03 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Too bad you're not living together, cuz then you could use the Swedish word for the person you live with but aren't married to: sambo. Seriously. I love how normal it is to them and how downright racist it sounds to us :)

7:27 PM  
Blogger MQ said...

Good grief. Does the government have nothing better to do than to enter our homes and teach us how to discipline our children? We have safegaurds to stop abuse (I know, I know, but they ARE there, my husband actually used to BE one of those safegaurds, terminating parental rights) I don't really even spank my kids, but every once in a while Asher just begs me for a good swat. And to think I could be hauled off to jail for it...please teresa, tell me this will not happen, even in MA!!!

1:38 AM  
Blogger bee said...

My thoughts when I saw that headline: That is soooooo California.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh my word, I agree with airforcewife wholeheartedly! Come spend 24 hours with my boys and you will see that it is a necessary measure!

6:37 AM  
Blogger Bluesman said...

This law would not prove that California is a socialist republic. Remember what your father says about which party wants to control what in society.

3:47 PM  
Blogger etienne.loyon said...

I found a link to this blog on another blog
I just wanted to know , being a french : what's wrong using a french word like fiancé ?
You can use a swedish word of course, but sweden has being the first country on this planet forbidding child spank, which doesn't seem to fit the spirit of the above exchanges.
Sorry for my english, I hope it makes sens still.


12:17 PM  
Blogger CaliValleyGirl said...

There is nothing wrong with using a French word, I guess, but I don't understand why we don't have an English word for this. I guess the closest word would be "betrothed."

6:06 AM  
Blogger etienne.loyon said...

Sorry I did not want to be annoying.
In french, as you probably know, many foreign words have become french. For example, "western" has been registered as a french word for a long time.
"Fiancé" is in the Amrican CollegeDictionary Basically it's an american word.
Honestly I think it sounds better than bethroted (..sounds like someone belching to me..oups, sorry for that !).
Your site is able to cheer up people like the lady of "". (That's the blog I meant, of course in my first comment).

That's something important
Keep well.

8:35 PM  

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