Margaret Thatcher: A Great Dame
We lost a true champion of liberty today. Lady Margaret Thatcher passed away at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.
She was a great dame. Brilliant, wise, clever, witty, generous, strong, and fearless. She learned how to operate in a man's world, not by being like them but by outmaneuvering them. She didn't come from a privileged station in life; in fact, she was the daughter of a modest greengrocer.She came from nothing to reach the very pinnacle of power, but she possessed an element which often separates average leaders from extraordinary ones: she sought power not for its own sake but for what she could DO with it. “I can’t bear Britain in decline,“ she said, as she surveyed the wreckage of socialism. And so she set out to reverse it with every fiber of her being.
She rose to power all on her own, through sheer force of will and hard work. When I had the honor of meeting her in the mid-1990s, she advised me that women had to be smarter, tougher, and more disciplined when it came to succeeding in the world of politics and global affairs. She was all three...and more.
Thatcher was unafraid to speak the truth about the evils of socialism: that it created an equal share not of opportunity or "justice" but of misery and poverty. She was equally unafraid to champion free market economics as the best way to achieve prosperity. She dislodged destructive socialism from Great Britain by uprooting the dependency state and the vastly powerful unions that provided its muscle. The changes created wrenching dislocation, and at one point, her job approval sunk to the low 30s.
But she persevered, knowing she was on the right side of history....and indeed she was, as her free market reforms were soon vindicated by the turnaround in the British economy. She also developed invaluable alliances with like-minded champions of freedom, namely President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, to defeat the Soviet Union and the noxious ideology that drove it. They took on communism frontally, and drove a stake right into its heart.
“The choice facing the nation is between two totally different ways of life," she once said. "And what a prize we have to fight for: no less than the chance to banish from our land the dark, divisive clouds of Marxist socialism and bring together men and women from all walks of life who share a belief in freedom.”
Margaret Thatcher was a woman of true principle and steely resolve. She never gave in, and she never gave up. And as a result, she turned her nation around and changed the world.
She was the greatest since Churchill, a towering force of nature, one of the biggest figures of our time.
Godspeed, Lady Thatcher.
(Here is some of her brilliance, eviscerating socialists during the Prime Minister's Question Time: They "would rather the poor were poorer, provided the rich were less rich...")
Monica Crowley, Ph.D., is a Fox News analyst, the host of the nationally syndicated “Monica Crowley Show,” and the author of the New York Times bestseller, What The (Bleep) Just Happened?
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