|Thank you Iron Lady...|
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. And, Prime Minister Cameron's tribute to the Iron Lady is perfectly put:
"Margaret Thatcher didn't lead our country, she saved our country."
Lady Thatcher's leadership was responsible for turning the UK out of the dire straits imposed on it by decades of socialist policies. She took the UK from being the "sick man of Europe" to one of the strongest economies and most respected nations on the planet.
Her political partnership on the world stage with American President Ronald Reagan led the opposition to Communism and the statist agenda. They were the two folks most responsible for spreading and defending liberty around the globe in the past century. The countless millions that they helped to free from Communist oppression throughout eastern Europe are a living example of just how far-reaching their bold defense of liberty was.
As we remember Lady Thatcher, we should remember that as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin opined in the National Review, that she didn't merely break the glass ceiling by becoming the first (and thus far only) female elected British Prime Minister, as impressive as that was. She also broke the "class ceiling" by defeating the elitist upper class establishment boys despite being the unworthy middle class daughter of a grocer. She represented a clear and present danger to the permanent political class and indeed the incestuous government pairing of socialism and cronyism.
It resulted in Lady Thatcher feeling like "THAT WOMAN." She wrote in her excellent political memoir The Downing Street Years the following:
"My experience is that a number of the men I have dealt with in politics demonstrate precisely those characteristics which they attribute to women--vanity and an inability to make tough decisions. There are also certain kinds of men who simply cannot abide working for a woman. They are quite prepared to make every allowance for 'the weaker sex': but it a woman asks no special privileges and expects to be judged solely by what she is and does, this is found gravely and unforgivably disorienting. Of course, in the eyes of the 'wet' Tory establishment I was not only a woman, but 'that woman', someone not just of a different sex, but of a different class, a person with an alarming conviction that the values and virtues of middle England should be brought to bear on the problems which the establishment consensus had created. I offended on many counts."
The lady was not for turning. By the sheer force of her ideas and unprecedented political will power and courage, she changed a nation and indeed the world. She didn't rise to power because of a powerful family or via political cronyism. She didn't rise to power on gender politics or a cult of celebrity. She rose to power on the force of her ideas and unparalleled political courage. Her word and deed were one and the same.
We thank Lady Thatcher for all of her wonderful contributions to the free market and liberty around the world and for being such a supportive ally of President Ronald Reagan.
God bless Margaret Thatcher. Rest in peace Iron Lady!
FYI: I previously blogged about the similarities between Lady Thatcher and Sarah Palin and Thatcher's "That Woman" quip here.
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