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Biden Administration Will Veto Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023
"Politicians should not dictate a one-size-fits-all requirement."
By JOHN LEAKE
When trying to understand human affairs, I try to be guided by Terence’s famous line, “I am human, and I think that nothing human is alien to me.”
Terence was a freed slave who became a notable playwright, and the line comes from his comedy of errors, The Self-Tormentor, published in 165 B.C. The great French essayist, Montaigne, was so charmed by this line that he engraved it in the roof beam of his study.
This morning it occurred to me that Terence’s dictum is no longer applicable. The human world is now full of grotesque and monstrous absurdities that are entirely alien. I thought of this as I read the Biden Administration’s STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY in response to H.R. 734 – Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023 (Rep. Steube, R-FL, and 93 cosponsors).
Many chroniclers of life in communist regimes have observed that staying out of trouble requires learning to live with people in power who lie as a matter of policy. Everything the regime says is a lie, and the regime’s subjects are expected to accept these lies as though they are true.
This produces a strikingly neurotic community in which everyone is constantly pretending. Such accounts remind me of the literature on households tyrannized by an alcoholic parent who is constantly creating volatile and nonsensical drama. Unable to confront the alcoholic parent, the tyrannized children get into the habit of ignoring the drama and pretending it’s not happening.
Back to the Biden Administration’s latest moronic edict: Even within the same sex, cruel nature has NOT evenly distributed athletic ability. 90% of male aspiring athletes cannot compete with the top 10% of male athletes. This is why only small percentage of male high school athletes go on to play competitive college sports, and why only an infinitesimally small percentage of them go on to play professional sports.
The vast majority of young boys who aspire to become athletes must eventually come to terms with the painful reality that they are not big, strong, and fast enough. For every star athlete, there are hundreds who don’t even make the team cut, and dozens consigned to warming the bench for entire seasons. There can only be one Tom Brady, which is why he has earned hundreds of millions and was married to a super model.
As every sane adult knows, this uneven distribution of athletic ability is even more stark between the sexes. For example, on April 2, 2017, the U.S. National Women’s soccer team lost a scrimmage to a boys FC-Dallas U-15 squad by a score of 5 to 2.
In light of this stark reality, the consequence of allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports is painfully obvious. Girls who have—with great discipline and sacrifice—dedicated themselves to their chosen sport will often be consigned to second and third place or to warming the bench because of the unfair advantage enjoyed by biological males.
The Biden Administration—and apparently much of our society—have apparently decided that the hard work, dreams, goals, and aspirations of the great majority of female competitive athletes signify less than the desire of transgender boys to compete with them. Why?