Nanny State

I was listening to radio news this morning while in the shower. A local hospital, Children’s Mercy, has just declared themselves a “no hitting” zone. According to their PR flack, they equate spanking with child abuse. “If it leaves a mark, it’s abuse,” the flack said.

They seem to overlook that a proper spanking is not a beating. The flat of a hand against the posterior isn’t a beating. But, it’s their hospital and they can make the rules. What I do object to is their alternative to bad behavior by children. Instead of the parent correcting that behavior, the flack said, “distract the child. Give them some bubbles or a coloring book.”

Excuse me, that is not redirecting bad behavior, it is rewarding bad behavior. These rules prevent parents from doing what parents should be doing—correcting and preventing bad behavior while enforcing good behavior. Children’s Mercy won’t allow parent to do that. The hospital has preempted the parent’s authority. They will sic Social Services on the parent they deem ‘abusive.’

Hospitals, to just about everyone not an employee, aren’t nice places. Yes, on occasion we need to go there for multiple purposes, but no one really likes going there. Multiply that by a factor of 10 for children. To them it’s a scary place where people do strange things to you and many of those things HURT!

It’s not surprising that kids, and parents, too, often misbehave. The kids are scared, so are the parents, if they would admit it, and no one is on their best behavior. What the parents learn is that they cannot correct their children. What the children learn is that if they misbehave, they will get attention and be rewarded with something, not-scary, to do. What the hospital wants is peace and quiet and they believe they know best how to achieve that goal.

Like I said, it’s their hospital, they can make the rules. In this case, I think their alternatives are misdirected, treating the symptom, not the cause. Rewarding bad behavior creates long term issues in the family. Children’s Mercy does not concern themselves with that. It’s not within the walls of their hospital.

What Children’s Mercy is doing is exercising Nanny-state rules. A general rule that is applied universally. It is not always the best…even when it fits that rare occurance.

I’m not approving bad parental behavior nor child beating. But too often, that is the accusation when all that is being done is a swat of the hand against a child’s butt. Not allowing that is Nanny-state rules.


Want to know a person’s character? Watch what they do.

Barack Obama’s aunt died earlier this month in a welfare nursing home of cancer. She came to this country to help Michelle with her new-born children. Instead of attending her funeral, Obama played golf.

That is the character of Barack Obama, a thoroughly despicable person.


It hasn’t gotten much fanfare in the MSM, but liberals are in the process of removing another portion of the Constitution—the Electoral College.

EDITORIAL: Blue states try raiding Electoral College

National Popular Vote Interstate Compact tries end run around the Constitution

Reliant People

My wife and I just saw a movie, The Blind Side. It was a true story about the life of Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. Sandra Bullock starred as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Tim McGraw as Sean Touhy and Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher. It was a great story about rescue, redemption and success.

While it was a great movie, what struck me more were the people—the Touhys and the teachers and coaches at the Wingate Christian School where Oher first played football. The core of the story is how “the system” had failed Michael Oher. He was pushed through the public school system with no skills and little motivation to learn. That is, until he gained admittance to a private school through the efforts of a black family and the Wingate coach who saw Oher’s potential. Oher was a ward of the state and was for all practical purpose, homeless and on the streets. He was failing until Leigh Anne Touhy saw Oher walking in the rain searching for a warm place to spend the night.

Leigh Anne took Oher home to her family and eventually she and her husband gained guardianship for Oher. If Leigh Anne Touhy is in real life as she was portrayed by Sandra Bullock, she is one tough lady.

At one point in the movie, Michael has had a confrontation with an NCAA investigator who questions the Touhy’s motives. Michael Oher goes back to the projects and has a run-in with a small time gang lord. Searching for Michael, Leigh Anne meets the hood who threatens Oher if he can be found. Leigh Anne responds fiercely saying, “I have Prayer meetings with the DA, I’m a life member of the NRA and I’m packing. You don’t mess with my Son and you better not mess with me!

Like I said. Reliant people.

In other scenes, the teachers help overcome Oher’s lack of education by testing him orally. He can read but due to the years of neglect, he can’t express himself when taking written tests. The teachers individually work with Oher to bring his grades up enough to be eligible for a sports scholarship.

More reliant people. Just stop and consider the people you’ve met. People who are reliant. People to do things because it’s the “right thing to do.” People who go out of their way to assist others, not as handouts or a gifts, but to assist others to help themselves.

Reliant people. Ones who are dependable, who are reliant and are self-reliant as well. People who know themselves. Who are comfortable with themselves, will not hesitate to make decisions and, when necessary, to act. Just people who are reliant—and can be relied upon.

If you know any reliant people, treasure them. The world would be a sorry place without them.