A Tribute to the Iron LadyBy Cherilyn Bacon Eagar On Apr 17, 2013 2 Comments
Margaret Thatcher once said, “What Britain needs is an iron lady.” And that is what it got. As the first woman Prime Minister for Great Britain, she was also one of the great conservative women of all history. As with every elected official, she was not perfect, but the ideals for which she stood are enduring and serve as a standard for the future.
A summary of her Life
This is a short video demonstrating the best of Margaret Thatcher: On Socialism
BYU Speech “The Moral Challenges for the Next Century” March 5, 1996
Thatcher came to Brigham Young University in 1996 and spoke. I was there. It is a memory I will never forget. She spoke on the moral foundations of the rule of law and acknowledged that this is what sets the United States apart from all other nations. Americans must read her words in this speech before it abandons that moral foundation altogether.
Margaret Thatcher Quotes
Here are a few of my favorites. She was an Iron Lady because she stood against all criticism, which she had to learn to develop. In her book The Path to Power, PM Thatcher wrote profusely of the shaping of her philosophy and even mistakes on her path.
On abortion and gay rights, Thatcher and Reagan were mirrored in character. She wrote:
As regards abortion, homosexuality, and divorce reform it is easy to see that matters did not turn out as was intended [allowing for state-funded abortion for health of the mother, rape and incest]…. The thinking underlying these changes was that they dealt with anomalies or unfairnesses which occurred in a minority of instances, or that they removed uncertainties in the law itself. Or else they were intended to recognize in law what was in any case occurring in fact. Instead, it could be argued that they have paved the way towards a more callous, selfish and irresponsible society….[Abortion reform] was not meant to make abortion simply another ‘choice’. Yet in spite of the universal availability of artificial contraception the figures for abortion have kept on rising. Homosexual activists have moved from seeking a right of privacy to demanding social approval for the ‘gay’ lifestyle, equal status with the heterosexual family and even the legal right to exploit the sexual uncertainty for adolescents. Divorce law reform has contributed to – though it is by no means the only cause of – a very large increase in the incidence of marriage breakdown which has left so many children growing up without the continual care and guidance of two parents….
She never minced words, but she struck at the heart of truth. She recalled her visit to the USSR – Moscow, Leningrad (restored to its original St. Petersburg) and Stalingrad (now Volgograd).
[T]hough the names might vary, the propaganda was the same. It was relentless, an endless flow of statistics proving the industrial and social superiority of the Soveit Union over the West….Outside an art gallery I visited there was a sculpture of a blacksmith beating a sword with a hammer. ‘That represents communism,’ my guide proudly observed. ‘Actually, it doesn’t,’ I replied. ‘It’s from the Old Testament – “And they shall beat their sowrds into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks.”‘
A similar sculpture stands on the grounds of the United Nations. Likewise, the scripture is quoted, devoid of its original Second-Coming-of-Christ context. For the record, according to the LDS version of the Old Testament, Isaiah 2:3-4:
Isaiah sees the latter-day temple, gathering of Israel, and millennial judgment and peace—The proud and wicked will be brought low at the Second Coming—Compare 2 Nephi 12.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us ago up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Meeting with Gorbachev
Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher fought the good fight to end the Cold War and to bring down that wall. Of that first meeting in 1984, Gorbachev released this announcement on the day she died:
“Thatcher was a politician whose word carried great weight….Our first meeting in 1984 marked the beginning of a relationship that was at times difficult, not always smooth, but was treated seriously and responsibly by both sides….”
After that meeting, months before Gorbachev succeeded Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader, Thatcher said of Gorbachev: “We can do business together.”
Never let it be forgotten that Reagan fought the Cold War by fighting an Evil Empire, not be conceding to the evil. As history “post-Soviet Union” has played out, Gorbachev has shown himself to be an ever-faithful socialist on his quest to equalize the world’s wealth through his extremist Green Cross international policies he has orchestrated through the United Nations.
The Best of Thatcher
- Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
- If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
- Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
- There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.
- I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.
- Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
- Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
- It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
- I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
- If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
- I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
- To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
- Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
- To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.
- I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.
- There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
- It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
- You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
- I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.
- I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
- There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.
But my favorite of all is one that I came to live and understand as a candidate for U.S. Senate. At first, I truly believed that everyone would love everything I stood for. But it was not long before I figured out that no matter what you say or do, someone is going to disagree with you and others are going to try to destroy you. My own mother taught me six enduring words: “Let it go.” … “Just go on.”
Margaret Thatcher said it this way in her autobiography The Path To Power (p 182) when she took a tough stand on public education and other socialist policies:
By now I was hurt and upset, somewhat sadder but considerably wiser. It is probably true that a woman – even a woman who has lived a professional life in a man’s world – is more emotionally vulnerable to personal abuse than most men. The image which my opponents and the press had painted of me as callously attacking the welfare of young children was one which, as someone who was never happier than in children’s company, I found deeply wounding. But any politician who wants to hold high office must be prepared to go through something like this. Some are broken by it, others strengthened. Denis, always the essence of commonsense, came through magnificently. If I survived, it was due to his love and support. I later developed the habit of not poring over articles and profiles in the newspapers about myself. I came to rely instead on briefings and summaries. if what the press wrote was false, I could ignore it; and if it was true, I already knew it.
And that is called “magnanimous.” News reports showed the protests, the dancing-on-her-grave attitude of those who hated all she stood for, singing “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.” It was disgusting.
But then once again, marxists and anarchists-those that have no moral compass while declaring their self-ordained moral authority to plunder others-typically show little respect for anyone but their own selfish ideology.
In short, marxists have no class.
On the day of Thatcher’s funeral, protestors used their “right to free speech” to be disrespectful outside a ceremony that the Christian world views as a holy ritual displaying signs that said “Rest in shame.” Let’s be clear. These are anarchists. They respect nothing except inciting hatred as a strategy. National leaders make decisions that may be right or wrong, especially in decisions of war.
But let’s put this into perspective: an Adolph Hitler she was not. He was truly an evil leader that deserved to be held accountable for his crimes against humanity. The world did give Hitler his final honor. No one came to his funeral because … there was none.
As much as I admire the acting skills of Meryl Streep, her politics likewise mocked Lady Thatcher in a film intended to rewrite her history. Thanks to this video commentary by one who knew her, some of the media distortions are revealed.
In death, as in life, Lady Thatcher is now having the last word. Once again, she is choosing to ignore them.
Lady Thatcher, may our childrens’ memory of your life be as one of this world’s greatest champions of liberty. While you stood with dignity on the solid principles of the morality of rule of law and conservative ideals, your enemies mocked. Your lost country and ours have momentarily forgotten and now churn around in a confused sea of illusive collectivist foam. May your death be a reminder of your life and what we must do.
Rest in peace, Maggie. How fitting that you, one of my heroes, are laid to rest on what would have been the 107th anniversary of my other hero’s birthday – my mother Dorothy Bacon.