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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady) Is Dead....

Updated on June 28, 2013

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady) Is Dead…

Among leaders of the Twentieth Century, even among her detractors, one can objectively agree that Margaret Thatcher was an effective Prime Minister for the country that flies the Union Jack. Prime Minister Thatcher played an integral leadership role in bringing down Eastern Europe’s Communism… for while the then Soviet Union was tethering on death-row, it was Prime Minister Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan, using surrogates like the Trade Unions in Poland, along with a moral assist from the late Pope John Paul, that drove the final nails into the Soviet Union’s coffin. Perhaps, I am being biased because while I was serving in Germany in the Army in the 80’s… a German disco where American soldiers frequented was bombed by agents of Libya’s Qaddafi and when the typical craven French and others refused to let our fighter airplanes access over their airspace to retaliate, Prime Minister Thatcher assented to President Reagan’s request. Such was the bilateral relationship between us and our cousins across the pond… whereby we even assisted them when England warred against Argentina for ownership of the oil rich Falklands Islands, a dispute still brewing today.

There are no doubts that then and now, Prime Minister Thatcher had her detractors and no doubts that those same detractors will be around for a long time. Prime Minister Thatcher’s critics saw her as a puppet of President Reagan, pejoratively labeling her as doing the biddings of the United States. All I know is that Prime Minister Thatcher was so effective, given that she was a lady playing among the boys, that she was coined, if I recalled correctly, the Iron Lady by the autocratic rulers of the Soviet Union. It does bode well for Prime Minister Thatcher’s legacy that the British economy when she ruled, just like their cousins across the pond then, was humming… unlike the near economic dire straits plaguing Europe now. In Prime Minister Thatcher’s absence, like here now in America, there is an increase in the cradle-to-grave mentality bewitching us and taking hold – maybe the socialists that Prime Minister Thatcher helped bring down lost the ideological battle, but won the economic, ideological war… given the fact that our current President’s penchant for embracing fiat-like tax laws that are disproportionately rendering to the coffers of Caesar.

I read that there is an excellent movie out there about the life of Prime Minister Thatcher, portrayed by the great actress, Meryl Streep (she was nominated g for an Oscar for that role)… although I have reviewed many a movie in this forum, I have not seen the Thatcher movie because of Hollywood’s penchant for mocking those they disagree with, especially those they deemed to be politically Conservative. It seems ironic that the Democrat Left leaning folks in Hollywood, especially those who claimed that that they are Feminists, would not positively embrace someone like Prime Minister Thatcher – a woman – who made it to the pinnacle of power in the chauvinistic West… because even now in the cradle of Modern Democracy, no woman so far has done so. The world is some-what different now than when Prime Minister Thatcher governed, but her legacy should be cherished for what she did in the area of geo-politics, and moreover, every little girl can look to her as a role model like Golda Meir, Benazir Bhutto, Indira Ghandi, Cory Aquino, and Eugenia Charles - all women who made it in a so called man’s world.

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      SilentReed 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Margaret thatcher was called the "Iron Lady" by both her admirers and detractors for different reasons. You may disagree with her politics but you cannot but admire her firmness and determination of purpose. Her willingness to make decisions on government policies that are not politically popular.

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      Verily Prime 

      5 years ago

      OK - I will see the movie when it comes on Cable... after all, its Meryl streep playing Thatcher.

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      RavenBiker 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

      Aw, give the movie a chance. As for mocking, the movie is far from that.

      Interesting though popular take of PM Thatcher. She certainly shook up the working class.

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      Philip Cooper 

      5 years ago from Olney

      Excellent article....yes I agree with you. whether you love or hate her she always put her country first, her party second and herself last. A great leader.

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