As Senator Cynthia Lummis took the main stage to address the graduating class of the University of Wyoming this year, she came with practical and heart-felt advice for each student. Mrs. Lummis spoke with the clarity and authority of a lady who understood her times and cared enough for Wyoming students to give sensible advice to live by.
As she opened, she spoke directly to future moms and dads and called them to “teach children to work hard.” Mrs. Lummis has undoubtedly considered the world through the love and concern of a grandmother. In true statesmanlike fashion, she addressed the present generation of Wyoming graduates and called on them to meet the challenge of raising the next generation with diligence.
After addressing the importance of families, Mrs. Lummis achieved a new level of statesmanship as she warned of the challenges facing today’s graduates. Lummis stated, “There are those in government who believe not that the Creator endowed us with inalienable rights …but that government created those rights, and that government should redefine those rights—including our rights to freedom of speech, religion, property, assembly, and to keep and bear arms.”
Then, while bravely standing on a modern American college campus, Senator Lummis chose to speak truth. She chose to illustrate the attack on the truth by saying, “Even fundamental scientific truths, such as the existence of two sexes, male and female, are subject to challenge these days.” No such statement of self-evident truth is allowed to go unchallenged by the modern purveyors of radical gender ideology, and she received some boos and catcalls. But Mrs. Lummis continued to the end of her speech and stayed strong.
Over the following days, radical leftists savaged her in the press. One editorialist tried to make fun of her by stating that she “should get out more.” He then appealed to the great arbiters of truth at Google as he condescendingly said, “Hey Cynthia, in the information age, it’s not that hard. Ask Google, ‘How many genders are there?’”
In trying to make his point, the author blames the whole modern construct of “woke” sexuality on the existence of intersex individuals. This argument should be addressed. Mayo clinic explains “Ambiguous genitalia is a rare condition in which an infant’s external genitals don’t appear to be clearly male or female.”
How rare? The Intersex Society of North America states, “If you ask experts at medical centers how often a child is born so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist in sex differentiation is called in, the number comes out to about 1 in 1500 to 1 in 2000 births.” This rare condition should never be blamed for the radical theories taught in “Gender Studies” departments of the modern American campus.
There is a great takeaway from the entire exchange: Statesmen are willing to stand for truth regardless of the personal consequence. The act of blaming the totality of the sexual revolution on a rare condition found in infancy should be stood up to in our society, and Senator Lummis demonstrated for us all what true statesmanship looks like.