Yes, I believe that parents have the obligation and moral responsibity to discipline their children and to ensure that they provide appropriate guidance so that their children become a valuable asset to our society.
However, I do not believe that corporal punishment is the answer to unrully children. I believe that love,understanding, lots of attention, friendship, and the modeling of good values and high standard principles are the key to successfully bring up children that will be the future generation of responsible adults and outstanding parents.
I think that corporal punishment is one form of child abuse. There is also verbal abuse and putting the children down with sarcastic remarks, using bad language, yeling, and demonstrating frustration to children when they are unable to differentiate from the parent's right to be upset and the parent's lack of patience.
For me the keys to bringing a child into a responsible, polite, and well mannered adult are lots of love, lots of understanding, lots of friendship, and some serious and firm talk about following society's rules, which after all start at home and end at home.