April 8, 2013
by Scott L. Vanatter
Please see below for few items from our website by and about Margaret Thatcher.
From Margaret Thatcher’s eulogy for Ronald Reagan.
“With the lever of American patriotism, [Ronald Reagan] lifted up the world. And so today, the world . . . mourns the passing of the great liberator and echoes his prayer: God bless America.”
As Thatcher said of Reagan’s passing, so we mourn Lady Thatcher’s passing — one of the great liberators of our time. She liberated lives from the crippling slavery of socialism, and from the harsh slavery of communism.
Margaret Thatcher on just one of the problems with socialism (from book review, Becoming Europe).
“Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess,” declared Margaret Thatcher in a television interview before she became Britain’s prime minister. “They always run out of others people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”
That nation states, especially the United States, still need to learn this basic lesson is . . . Well, it is one of the things every rising generation needs to be taught. Therefore, those of us who believe the Thatchers and the Reagans of the world need to step up. As they did.
Years prior to becoming Prime Minister and immediately after conservatives lost a major election, Margaret Thatcher had this to say about workers’ “feelings for freedom” and the strong resentment they felt for “State subsidies to shirkers.”
“Do British workers have no deep feelings for freedom, for order, for the education of their children, for the right to work without disruption by political militants? Of course they do. . . . Most of them want to do a fair day’s work in a job that gives them satisfaction—and strongly resent what they regard as State subsidies to shirkers.”
This is the kind of language that got her elected; and in the face of a certain number her fellow countrymen who actually received State subsidies.
Ronald Reagan thanks Margaret Thatcher at his 83rd birthday celebration.
As most of you know, Margaret and I go back quite a ways. We met at a time before she became Prime Minister and I became President. From the moment we met, we discovered that we shared quite similar views of government and freedom. Margaret ended our first meeting by telling me, “we must stand together,” and that’s exactly what we’ve done in the years since–as friends and as political allies. Margaret Thatcher is one of the giants of our century. Her many achievements will be appreciated more and more as time goes on and history is written. For me, she has been a staunch ally, my political soul mate, a great visionary and a dear, dear friend.
Reagan rightly identified Thatcher not only as an ally and a dear friend, but as “a great visionary.” She was a visionary not so much because she saw the future, as that saw what is. And what could be. She saw clearly the laws and value of supply and demand, the laws which dictate why individuals act. And, more importantly, she saw what is deep within us all. As desire to matter to contribute, to be self-reliant. Reagan saw this too. Most great politicians see this. The fact that this seeing is so rare is somewhat astounding.
Before Reagan was elected, Thatcher was firing the opening salvos in favor of limited government, the core values of personal freedom and responsibility, and against socialism and communism.
Fortunate that we have lived in the Reagan/Thatcher Era. Now, in this post-Reagan/Thatcher Era we continue their campaign to advance the frontiers of freedom in our own lives and the lives of our fellows. Here and across the world.
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Tags: Communism, frontiers of freedom, liberator, Reagan, shirkers, Socialism, Thatcher