RUSH: Okay, spanking bill in California. “The state Legislature is about to weigh in on a question that stirs impassioned debate among moms and dads: Should parents spank their children? Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, wants to outlaw spanking children up to 3 years old. If she succeeds, California would become the first state in the nation to explicitly ban parents from smacking their kids.” Making a swat on the behind a misdemeanor might seem a bit much for “some and the chances of the idea becoming law appear slim, at best” but Lieber begs to differ. “I think it’s pretty hard to argue you need to beat a child 3 years old or younger,” Lieber said. “Is it OK to whip a 1-year-old or a 6-month-old or a newborn?”
Who’s talking about whipping or beating? That’s not what spanking is. I remember I had to go cut my own twigs a bunch of times. I had to sit out in my underwear in the backyard at night to cut my own twigs. We’re next to a hospital and nurses walking by, you know, in an alley behind the house. Gee whiz. I got all embarrassed. Nurse didn’t know I was there. It was dark. The bill is being drafted, being written broadly, she said, prohibiting any striking of a child, any corporal punishment, smacking, hitting, punching — why do you equate spanking with punching? So there you go, what’s the penalty here? It’s such a long story. “If my six-year-old doesn’t put his clothes in the hamper I’m not going to whack him, he just won’t get his clothes washed.” Well, that makes sense. Send the kid around in bad hygiene. That’s really good punishment. It’s like rubbing your dog’s nose in its own poop to housebreak it. That really makes a lot sense. Next time the dog comes along and licks you.
“Lieber said it would be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, although a legal expert advising her on the proposal said first-time offenders likely only would have to attend parenting classes.”
That’s even worse, a bunch of arrogant, conceited liberals trying to take over the raising of children. Channel 5 in San Francisco, CBS 5, “Do parents have the right to spank their churrin? It’s a controversial issue, and while a Bay Area lawmaker wants it addressed in Sacramento, a majority of those surveyed for a CBS 5 poll expressed opposition to a spanking ban. Five hundred Bay Area adults in a Survey USA on Thursday, 57% would oppose such a bill. Only 23 would support it. Poll has a margin of error plus or minus 4%.” Folks, forget the results of the poll. Somebody has proposed this. It’s not the state’s job to raise your kids. It just isn’t. Arnold Schwarzenegger, by the way, the governor of California, who has proposed a tax increase loan (Laughing.) I still can’t get over this –(Laughing.) sorry, I just can’t. You know, Clinton calling them investments was bad enough. We’re not even getting an investment in California, we’re going to borrow a tax increase. (Laughing.)
“Growing up in Austria, Governor Schwarzenegger said he got smacked about everything, but when it comes to disciplining his four kids, he and his wife never resort to spanking. He expressed an open mind yesterday to a controversial proposal that would ban parents from spanking children under the age of three. He hinted that he has concerns about how the bill could be enforced, ‘Is it that when you see someone spank a kid, do you go and say, can I see a birth certificate of the kid?'” Hey, we got spies in grocery stores that have ratted out parents and called child protection services. Yeah, we’ve heard about all this. Hell, yes, you’re going to have all kinds of neighborhood spies running around trying to look in windows, listening for kids crying, probably not even ever witnessing the spanking, just hearing the crying. Maybe there was no spank, calling Child Protective Services and the kids going nuts and the accusation, you have to prove you didn’t do it. It’s just asinine.
I wonder if this bill, once it starts at three — you know, liberals will never solve problems with this legislation. It will go higher than that. Once it’s three, then they’ll raise to five, then they’ll raise to 18, then they’ll raise it so that you can’t discipline your kids at all. Wonder if they would ever have a bill saying you can’t spank yourself? What’s this going to do to San Francisco? Where spanks is a way of life. It’s enjoyment. I used to spank myself when I made an error on the radio or whatever and people would call and get mad, and I would spank myself. I did it on my television show to demonstrate it once. We have the audio from that because I’m not going to do it now here on the Dittocam. But this is from November 6th of 1992.
RUSH ARCHIVE: I can spank myself. People who spank themselves next, Rush. Watch this, do it much my left hand, I’m right-handed so it won’t hurt as much. Do it with my left hand. (Screaming.) (Applause.)
RUSH: Imagine that being a crime? I know I’m older than three, and I must say when I spanked myself it worked. I usually didn’t make the same mistake again. By the way, we’ve been on the case of spanking and the government trying to control it for the longest time.