The world as we know it is coming to an end. Apparently Massachusetts thinks it should be illegal to spank your children. This is what is freaking wrong with our country! I see kids enough running around back talking their parents and raising enough hell as it is. You want to know why they do that? It's because they aren't scared. If you take away a parent's right to whoop the living hell out of their children, then you take away their ability to scare their kids.
I can't recall ever getting spanked personally. I'm sure I was probably smacked a few times just to remind me who was the boss. Here's what I do remember though; I remember my parents telling me that they would have no problems with doing so and hearing the stories from my friends of their father's belts. That was enough to keep me straight. It was FEAR that made me understand my parent's authority when I was growing up. That's what kept me out of trouble and made me the person I am today.
Please don't let our lawmakers pass laws that encourage our youth to be a bunch of spoiled sissies. If kids grow up without a backbone, then they'll act the same way as adults. It can't be pleasant to see a 50 year old man throw a temper tantrum. Just think about that.
Edit: Wow, I'm amazed at how much attention this post managed to bring. To read more of my thoughts on this, please read my follow up.