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Margaret Thatcher, RIP

April 11th, 2013 - 4:34 am

Exactly so. And Kevin is also right when he goes on to observe that there is a sense in which “we should be grateful to the odious likes of Ted Rall and Donna Brazile.”

As the treacly and insincere tributes from the likes of Barack Obama roll in, we should remember: They hated Margaret Thatcher. Hated her. Reviled her. Hated everything she stood for. Still do. So I do not really want to hear any tributes to her from the left side of the political aisle today. If you were not around at the time, it will be hard for you to appreciate the vulgarity and the cruelty of the attacks to which she was subjected. They hated her for the same reason they hated Reagan: She aimed to defeat socialism abroad and socialism at home, appreciating the structural continuity between domestic socialism and the idea’s full expression under the Soviets.

Indeed. And this is where the passing of Lady Thatcher intersects with contemporary political reality. She won the battle she fought against the totalitarian temptation, but it is a battle that is renewed in every generation. Experience has not  been a successful teacher where the folly of murderous utopia is concerned. We’ve seen the gulags, the poverty, the immiseration, but we continue to embrace the “spread-the-wealth-around” policies that lead there like a superhighway.

That is one reason the example of leaders like Reagan and Thatcher are so uplifting: they show us that victory, if inevitably temporary in this fallen, sublunary world, is nontheless possible. They remind us, as Kevin notes, that “Those who opposed her and reviled her were on the wrong side of the most important question of their age, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with tyrants, many of them as guilty as those who manned the gulag watchtowers. And even today, when they make their pilgrimages to sit at the feet of Castro or bury Chávez, when they put leftist terrorists on their payrolls, they know: They lost. What they do not know, because they are incapable of understanding the fact, is that they deserved to lose. We should not allow them to pretend that they were on the right side all along.”

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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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