Al's Views, Personal Thoughts

Is Government Minding Everyone’s
Business But Their Own?

13 September 2002


By Al Colombo

"A family court that fails to issue court orders restraining persons from smoking in the presence of children under its jurisdiction is failing the children whom the law has entrusted to its care," said Judge William Chinnock, Lake County, in an August 27th decision.

Just how far can government go where it involves you and your children? Just how personal should government be allowed to get when it comes to binding, legal decisions, such as the one that Judge William Chinnock, Lake County, rendered when he heard a case involving an 8-year old girl?

No, I’m not a smoker, and I’m not suggesting that second hand smoke is good for an 8-year-old’s health. But, I am concerned that government is working overtime and too far left when they begin to tell parents, any parents, that they cannot partake of a legal drug when they are in the presence of their children in their own home.

Oh, you didn’t hear all of it.

"Chinnock, a retired judge from Cleveland, also ordered the girl’s parents not to let anyone else smoke around her," said Paul Singer, author of Judge Orders Estranged Parents Not to Smoke Around Daughter, Associated Press, 9/13/02.

What’s next? In your own home, you parents cannot

Let’s see, some of us have already been prevented from giving our children a most-needed whipping when they repeatedly misbehave. All of us know within our heart that when we do this, we fail our children. Certainly we fail to provide a valid incentive for them to listen and tow the line.

Oh, but giving them a whipping might hurt their ego—their self esteem. Perhaps it is merely the word: "whipping," that bothers society’s liberal ninnies. Although they do not realize it, it is they who would have society’s children grow up to be undisciplined and irreverent people—many of which will, in all likelihood, continue their disobedience, carrying it further into civil and criminal realms.

Respond to CommentaryBecause of their parent’s lack of backbone, many will become criminals—all so society can remake itself this great, imaginary social experiment that we now smell before us—I mean, see before us.

To the liberal ninnies now reading this personal commentary, having come from the rank and file of children myself, I can emphatically tell you that about the only thing that a good whippin’ will do for a misbehaved child is to straighten him or her out! If you want to see what "time out" alone has achieved, just take a look down a long hallway during class changes in almost any of our schools.

Just what does God, our Maker, the Great Cosmic Creator, have to say about a good whipping for misbehaving children, as well as their parents?

    1. He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
    2. The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

Proverbs 13:24,25

To those who cry foul! Every time a caring parent disciplines his or her children—you must know that they do whatever they do because they love them. I mean, what parent would have their children become anything other than loving, respectable, and disciplined citizens?

Perhaps you and I already know the answer to that question.

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