New Zealand’s Family First party has been collecting horrific stories of parents who have fallen afoul of NZ’s “No Smacking” laws. These laws are representative of the kind of thinking it takes to be a Lefty. In reaction to a shocking number of very serious child abuse cases where children have been burned with cigarettes, thrown against walls, tied up for days or weeks at a time, and otherwise grievously assaulted or killed, they decided to outlaw — smacking (spanking, for our American friends).
Of course grievously assaulting or murdering a child was already illegal in New Zealand, but in their rush to be seen to be “taking decisive action,” they have happily conflated responsible discipline with real abuse and are turning ordinary responsible parents from well-functioning families into criminals and are distracting resources from rescuing children in real danger toward investigating parents dobbed in for the flimsiest of reasons.
Now I personally do not fully support the Family First party’s whole platform, but I am very pleased that they are campaigning against this law and have taken the time to collect reports and personal testimonies to demonstrate how dangerous a Nanny State Government can be.
It’s not just that they are criminalising good, loving parents, but that in the rush to be “seen” to be doing something, they still haven’t done anything about the real problem.
To those of us in countries already suffering from varying degrees of Government interference in everyday law-abiding citizens’ lives, don’t let’s go further down this path.