Sean Hannity has some intriguing ideas about the world, but we're pretty sure we don't wish to subscribe to his newsletter. If it's possible for him to go even more off the rails, this was the week that it happened. Tuesday, on his radio show, he explained that charging
Maybe that&#039;s what&#039;s wrong with his face. I&#039;ve always wondered.*
*Well, if &quot;always&quot; means &quot;whenever his face shows up on Wonkette, which is the only place I ever see it, because I&#039;d rather gargle ground glass than listen to him.&quot;
No belt. Got it. What does the psychology community recommend we use for the beatings? It better not be psychology textbooks. Those things hurt.
&ldquo;The problem is, we send these kids off to school, and maybe they&rsquo;re taught that God is dead...&quot; Help me out here, Sean -- what school does Nietzsche lecture at these days?
&quot;[...]...or maybe they&rsquo;re taught values that contradict what the parents are teaching, whatever it might be &mdash; Heather has two mommies, daddies, roommates. That&rsquo;s the government circumventing parental values.&rdquo; Heather has <i>two roommates?!? </i> Triple occupancy dorm rooms are destroying American values!!!!
I beat mine with cell phone confiscation. It works pretty well.
Today&#039;s version of grounding. As parents we don&#039;t want our kids to succumb to peer pressure. Paradoxically we exploit the importance of peers by curtailing access. I have no cognitive dissonance over this.
Does this involve transference?
The hard part is getting the kids down to 85% of free-feeding weight . . .
That leads to mental images that I don&#039;t think anyone needs in these troubled times.
Yes, I have firm confidence he will prove his point in exactly the same way.
Did his dad drop him on his head, too?
<blockquote>&ldquo;My father punched me in the face one time when I talked back to him, and I deserved it!&rdquo;</blockquote>
It does have to be said, Hannity is about the best counterargument I can think of to the position that nobody deserves to be punched in the face.
Of course, the other point here is that the question of whether parents have a &quot;right&quot; to install their values in their children has absolutely no bearing over the question of whether parents have a &quot;right&quot; to beat four year olds hard enough to leave welts still visible after days.
Someone really needs to be asking Sean, since he&#039;s clearly of the opinion that <em>some</em> level of injury to the child should be legally acceptable, just how much more severely injured would a 4-year-old have to be for Sean&#039;s ideal law to kick in? What is the extent of injuries he thinks it should be lawful to inflict?
Oh also, at what age does it cease to become acceptable discipline to injure a person and start to be what it would be if Petersen had done this to an adult - a class A misdemeanor assault (in Texas)?
Lindsey Graham removing his corset?
&quot;Do parents have the right to instill their values in their children?&rdquo;
When those values include &quot;child abuse is OK&quot;, probably not.