Governor Noem Meets Screwtape 30

Posted: May 20, 2021 by datechguy in culture, politics

Breitbart reports that the NCAA has caved on Transgender laws:

The NCAA made loud proclamations in April that it could pull events from states with limits on transgender athletes. Still, now the college sports governing body has caved and will allow tournaments in states including Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas despite their laws restricting trans athletes.

The NCAA sided with transgender athletes only last month, saying they may cancel events in states that aren’t “free of discrimination” against transgender athletes.

The NCAA Board of Governors made its announcement as more than two dozen states proposed, debated, and advanced legislation aimed at requiring state schools to ensure that athletes compete only in the category of their birth gender.

But now, only a month later, the NCAA announces that despite its saber-rattling in April, it will allow events in states that have already passed laws limiting transgender athletes to birth gender categories, Yahoo! Sports reported.

The biggest loses here isn’t the left but Governor Noam of South Dakota who threw away her National political future with the GOP base paying the Danegeld without earning the friendship of the Danes when holding out a few months more would have been a win.

If she had only read this bit from Screwtape 30:

Here’s the key quote:

Screwtape: For men usually feel that a strain could have been endured no longer at the very moment when it is ending or when they think it is ending.

In this as in the problem of cowardice the thing to avoid is the total commitment. Whatever he says make his inner resolution be not to bear whatever comes to him but to bear it for a ‘reasonable period’ and make the ‘reasonable period’ be shorter then the trial is likely to last. It need not be much shorter. In attacks on patients chastity or fortitude the fun is to s to make the man yield when, had he but known it, relief was almost in sight.

Had she but known she would not have blinked. Still it’s good to know if she would have run or not before we fight back to back. Cue Hawkeye:

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