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Margaret Thatcher, RIP

April 11th, 2013 - 4:34 am

I have been out of town in a semi-secure, undisclosed location and have not had occasion to weigh in on the death of Margaret Thatcher.  I happened to be with some close friends of hers when the news came, so I’ve been kept abreast of the currents of opinion.  Much of the commentary, as was fitting for so great and dynamic a political leader, has been celebratory and reverential. Margaret Thatcher was the woman who reclaimed Britain for itself, who put an end to the squalid deprivations of post-war austerity, and who with Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, helped face down the hideous evil of Soviet Communism. (On this latter, see John O’Sullivan’s magisterial The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World.) She understood, as few other contemporary leaders have understood, the fructifying symbiotic relationship between free markets and free men.

It’s something that is beyond the ken of many beneficiaries of the mighty cornucopia of capitalism. This melancholy fact was instantly brought home to me by the outpouring of sweaty hatred from the mephitic swamps of leftist animus. Over at NRO, Andrew Johnson aggregated a few early specimens: “Thatcher is dead, but unfortunately Thatcherism lives on. Let’s bury it with her.” From George Galloway: “Tramp the dirt down.” Ted Rall: “Goodbye, Maggie, and good riddance. Along with Reagan, Thatcher destroyed the safety net and the social contract in the West.” Donna Brazile: “Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics?” Et very much cetera.

Such spiteful, squamous yammering was partly repellent, partly embarrassing. It was more than counterbalanced, however, but the cataract of grateful remembrance and insightful commentary from those who understood the dimensions of Thatcher’s benefactions. One of the best early commentaries was “Thatcher Was Right, the Left Was Wrong,” Kevin Williamson’s brief intervention, also at NRO. Kevin dilates particularly on Thatcher’s brilliant deployment of good humored intelligence in her many spirited clashes with her ideological opponents: “she seemed to be having so much fun,” Kevin noted.

That, I think, is what they never forgave her for. Thatcher laughed at them, mocked them, outwitted and out-debated them. That infuriated the Left: Conservatives aren’t supposed to mock, they are supposed to be mocked. They might be allowed to win a few elections, but they could never be allowed to win the argument, much less to scoff at liberals’ public pieties.

Thatcher won, in no small part because she was her own best case. Her confidence, prudence, good humor, and other virtues were those she sought to encourage in her fellow countrymen.

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Maggie: "When they raise their clenched fist and shout, 'Power to the people,' we know what they really mean: 'Power over people --- All power to the State.'"

Right on, Maggie.
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During the entire post war period but particularly during the 70s Britain was the target of a KGB directed campaign to undermine the British state through exploitation of industrial and social unrest. The KGB allies in this were the trade unions, the trades union congresses (particularly in Scotland where communism is a main stream political belief), the ISWP and the left wing of the Labor party. Thatcher stood up to this campaign and defeated it. That is why they hate her, she beat them, she exposed their idiotic economic and political arguments as the claptrap they are, she will never be forgiven for this, but then she didn't care.
Where is the republican party candidate who will stand for liberty, private property rights, a universal flat tax and a vast reduction in the bureaucracy?
Nowhere, that's where, so we are doomed to carry on the path of demoralization and destruction that Margaret Thatcher identified and fought against.
RIP, a great Lady.
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She took the name "Iron Lady," intended as a slur, but worn with pride, and dignity and class. She earned it.

I fear we won't see another of her king in out lifetimes.
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The left has a much more virulent strain of hatred reserved for conservative women than men. In their world women and children are the malleable, unformed putty with which to construct their eventual utopia. Women who see through this fantasy are not only ungrateful, they are an existential threat.
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The toiling insects that on the left, never give up. It is a job for Orkin.
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I'm not sure that one can utter a sentence with Ted Rall and Donna Brazile in the same breath and not smell sulfur.

Ted Rall is the atom's way of exacting revenge for smashing them together in an accelerator. They formed a subhuman life and let the stench of it walk among us, there ought to be a wiki called a Rall that describes this vengeful act.

As for why they hate Margaret Thatcher, because hate and slander...that's what they do.
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Maggie: "When they raise their clenched fist and shout, 'Power to the people,' we know what they really mean: 'Power over people --- All power to the State.'"

Right on, Maggie.
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Maggie: "When they raise their clenched fist and shout, 'Power to the People,' we know what they really mean: 'Power over people --- All power to the State.'"


Right on, Maggie.
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"That, I think, is what they never forgave her for. Thatcher laughed at them, mocked them, outwitted and out-debated them. That infuriated the Left: Conservatives aren’t supposed to mock, they are supposed to be mocked."--Kevin Williamson, NRO

And for the same reason, the Left hates Rush Limbaugh.

Stop the Left, stop the H8.
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Donna Brazile was, is, and ever will be the embodiment of a nasty and vindictive beeyatch. Her ignorant prattling means nothing.

Where are conservative leaders like the Iron Lady and Ronald Reagan today? Why, oh why, have we been afflicted with a Marxist-leaning cur like ObamaRx?

They say we get the leaders we deserve. What the hell did we do to deserve this?

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Remember that the voters for Obama are the new majority, the "stick it to th' man", uneducatable, "I'm all right jack" aspects of this social revolution we're right in the midst of right now. Obama was re-elected by this new majority.

"What the hell did we do to deserve this?"....we conservatives must become like the "wise bamboo'', and bend a lot with these hot new winds, but retain the strength to persevere.

Lessons #1 and 2 were these elections.
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We (as in the voting population) said that getting free stuff was preferable to acting like adults. That's what we did to deserve this.
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Donna Brazile's fatuous, greed-drenched ignorance -- "what did she do for me?" -- illustrates precisely what Margaret Thatcher did for women.

She demonstrated the fact that regarding your natural femininity as a strength and placing it in the service of your other strengths, rather than bemoaning it as a handicap while insisting on its centrality in all matters, is the true liberation.
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