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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Ban Spanking?

Fox News

California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber is introducing legislation that would outlaw spanking children three and under, according to The San Jose Mercury News. The law would prohibit, "any striking of a child...smacking, hitting or punching," and would be punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000.

Some critics note that it would be practically impossible to enforce the ban, and wonder whether three-year-olds would be expected to report they'd been spanked.

If enacted, California would become the first state to explicitly ban parents from swatting their children's behinds.


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