Absolute and resolute

Lady Thatcher believed deeply in freedom and acted accordingly

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If history is a book about the eternal struggle for human freedom, there will be a chapter devoted to Margaret Thatcher.

With U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Britain’s Iron Lady was half of the first couple of freedom in the pivotal 1980s, when both fought valiantly to stem the growth of socialism and the decline of rugged individualism in their respective nations, while facing down Soviet communism.

Even today, Margaret Thatcher’s courage and certainty with regard to the blessings of liberty continue to inspire. Hardly a day goes by that American conservatives don’t quote her – particularly her timeless observation that, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

It has been a rallying cry in America in recent years, as the current administration seems determined to prove her right.

She was an intellectual giant and one of the strongest female leaders in modern political history.

Yet many, particularly in the overly liberal media, will attempt to tag her with the scarlet letters of “controversial” and “divisive.” Such are the subtle denigrations of conservative champions – words reserved for conservatives who are unswerving and effective. In contrast, a liberal lion would no doubt be admiringly recalled universally as “courageous” and “principled.”

But history will no doubt remember Lady Thatcher as perhaps second only to Winston Churchill in modern British leadership.

She was a stalwart defender of the free enterprise system, and privatized a number of national companies and pruned the unions that had become so powerful and intransigent. She led her nation successfully through the war over the Falklands and left bellicose and chauvenistic Soviet leaders absolutely no doubt where she stood – and little inclination to try to move her off her ground.

In arguing for decisive action on sanctions against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Thatcher famously counseled President George H.W. Bush, “This is no time to go wobbly, George.”

Neither is this. As the Iron Lady passes at age 87, socialism’s shadow threatens to overtake hers. And when it comes to standing up for freedom and justice, there’s plenty of wobbly to go around these days.

They say we’ll never see her kind again. Well, we need to, as much as ever.

Margaret Thatcher, more than most every other male leader of her time, was absolute about her beliefs and resolute in acting on them. If they build a Statue of Intrepidity, it will have her face.

And an iron spine.

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Jon Lester
Jon Lester 04/09/13 - 01:57 am
Tell you what,

all analysis and ideology aside, I think John Major made it plain that the Tories wouldn't produce anyone comparable for a long time to come. History has yet to evaluate David Cameron, but in the last two years, I sure haven't heard any direct comparisons with the Iron Lady.

Bodhisattva 04/09/13 - 08:07 am
She never met a right wing

She never met a right wing dictator she didn't like. Thumbs up for Pinochet. Thumbs down for Mandela. What was that about "the eternal struggle for human freedom"? The supreme justice would be to place her funeral for bids on the open market and select the lowest bidder. Maybe the £99 special at Ye Ole Funeral Home.

deestafford 04/09/13 - 08:25 am
What a great leader and lady

It seemed that Providence brought her and Ronald Reagan together just as he did with the Founding Fathers at a time they were needed so much.
I found it ironic yesterday as I was listening to different commentaries about her that many were talking about how many countries had elected women to lead them and they were lamenting that the USA was not among the listing. Then some talking head said Hillary Clinton has stated privately that she wanted to be president so she could do for the US what the Iron Lady had done for England! Hillary would just be another Obama moving the country180 degrees in the opposite direction.
I know of no leader on the national scene who has the fortitude, intellect, and courage of conviction she had. The world is much better for her having been here.

Riverman1 04/09/13 - 10:08 am
Revisionist History

I watched a little of MSNBC last night and Lawrence O'Donnell claimed Thatcher and Reagan had little to do with the fall of the Soviet Union. He said it would have happened anyway. Ha...Is that perverted logic or what? It's like saying George Washington had nothing to do with defeating the British. Information coming from Russia today shows the Soviets clearly feared Reagan. They are also the ones who came up with the name, "Iron Lady," for Margaret Thatcher. They understood her toughness.

Red Headed Step Child
Red Headed Step Child 04/09/13 - 02:00 pm
I'd think some of the world

I'd think some of the world leaders...namely one that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave...could learn a thing or two from her on how to be a patriot and WORK for their countries instead of against them..

Darby 04/10/13 - 01:44 pm
"Thumbs down for Mandela"...

Why not???? Mandela was a terrorist who ordered the deaths of his opponents. After his victory, he was "cleaned up" and reintroduced as a hero, in the manner of Fidel Casto and Che Guevara and Yasser Arafat.

Seems every time a great conservative leader passes, it brings the haters back out. The greater the level of hate, the more accomplished and revered the leader was.

Cest la vie!

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