On this Freedom Friday we remember the Iron Lady with great fondness. Why? Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain, was tough but ladylike. When she came to office, Great Britain was described as being the “sick man of Europe”; but under her leadership her nation regained its status as an economic power. How did the Iron Lady accomplish such a feat? She “implemented conservative policies that emphasized individual liberty and economic freedom” and “lifted a nation ravaged by Socialism off its deathbed, restoring Britain’s prosperity and self-confidence.”
Lady Thatcher was fearless as she stood shoulder to shoulder with President Ronald Reagan in defending freedom and opposing Socialism and Communism. She refused to show any weakness to the enemy because “dictators can be deterred, they can be crushed – but they can never be appeased.”
In a describing herself, Lady Thatcher said, “I am an undiluted admirer of American values and the American dream, and I believe they will continue to inspire not just the people of the United States but millions upon millions across the face of the globe.”
The Iron Lady understood well that conservative principles are capable of turning a nation in a completely different direction. She knew that limited government, low taxation, and individual responsibility, coupled with strong leadership and political courage, can make a nation strong. The world lost a great leader when Lady Thatcher passed to a better world on April 8, 2013, at age 87. Those who understand her greatness will always remember the Iron Lady.
America needs strong capable leaders, both men and women, who have the same type of courage and leadership that Lady Thatcher demonstrated. As we move toward the mid-term election of 2014 and the presidential election of 2016, may we seek and find leaders like Margaret Thatcher. This is the type of leaders we need in order to keep our nation free.