Madame Thatcher was born in a modest home, the daughter of a grocer. The humble beginnings that she experienced would be the common denominator in solving Britain’s many post war ailments. Mrs. Thatcher once remarked, “Any woman that understands the problem of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country”. Margaret Thatcher not only ran home and country but she redefined the nature of conservative leadership in the 20th century.
Her quick wit, sharp tongue and simple way of explaining complex issues won her many adoring supporters as well as some distracters for the same reasons. Margaret Thatcher was a rallying cry, a beacon of moral and conservative values that endure in Europe and the world to this today. She alone fought back against socialist ideology that had strangled Britain’s economy in the 70’s and 80’s. It was her conservative rallying cry that took on the British welfare state and some powerful unions that threatened to derail her leadership.
In the 11 years of service to the British people Mrs. Thatcher closed or privatized state owned industries, including the coal industry and Steele plants across Britain. She radically cut spending and reduced government taxes that were crippling private enterprise. She in essence brought Britain back from socialism. She once said of socialism, “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of someone else’s money”. This is a policy that is sorely lacking in our current administration in Washington that insists on spending someone else’s money for government social services. Madame Thatcher’s rallying cry was critical in Britain’s fighting and winning a war against Argentina over the Falkland Islands. She along with Ronald Reagan walked in lock step in their opposition to the Soviet Union and there expansionist activities around the world. History will record that it was the strong friendship with Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul ll and Margaret Thatcher that was critical in defeating the Soviet Union during the cold war.
Margaret Thatcher was a woman of deep principle and moral character that never wavered from her core beliefs and principles. This moral warrior should be uplifted as an example of all women who want the promise of economic freedom, political will power and the ability to carve out our own destiny. This courageous story of Mrs. Thatcher should be heralded as a true success story that all young girls can emulate. All inner city schools should teach her words and examine her thinking on economic liberties. She preached that if you rely on the government for your needs you will only exist and not prosper, that the government is the problem and not the solution. She believed that every woman has a moral duty to be self-reliant and independent.
Mrs. Thatcher was truly an Iron lady. She was not the iron lady because of being cold or rigid, but because of her solid and UN yielding approach to her moral commitments. You will be missed Mrs. Thatcher, job well done.