April 20, 2010

Steve Pomper

Federal Government and Corporal Punishment

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Is there anything the federal government won’t stick its regulating nose into? It seems the moment some politico catches the scent of “do-something” in the air, knees jerk, and we hear calls for yet more government interference into American’s lives.

It’s not even about whether or not we should address particular issues, it’s about whether or not the federal government has the Constitutional authority to do so. Specifically, I’m talking about a news report I heard this morning where a Texas community has reinstituted corporal punishment in schools. They reported behavior problems have dropped significantly even though only one student to date has been paddled.

Positive results aside, I understand corporal punishment is arguable. Personally, I wouldn’t be comfortable with most other people using physical discipline on my child, but having come up through Catholic School in the 1960s, I also know a well-deserved whack or two can send a behavior modifying chill through a classroom.

Having said that, this argument belongs, as the Tenth Amendment states: “…that powers not granted to the national government nor prohibited to the states by the constitution of the United States are reserved to the states or the people,” within the states or a person’s home.

The federal government continues to stretch its tentacles far beyond its authority. Someone needs to remind our federal politicians that the feds didn’t create the states, rather, the states created a federal government for the express purpose of protecting the states and its citizen’s individual liberties, not oppressing them.


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