Remembering Thatcher

ThatcherThumbby RobL
Conversing with younger and many older fellow Americans is a saddening event these days. Most readily believe the anti-conservative propaganda inundating their lives. They readily assume any criticism of the President or his policies is due to your inherent racism.

Offer a thought regarding traditional marriage and you instantly become a bigot.

An intellectual, reasoned — whether casual or philosophical — discussion is no longer possible. To do so invites immediate ostracization. An intriguing comment or provoking question posted on a Yahoo! article leads to calumny, slander, and censorship.

Such a lack of civility and debate portents of dark times I fear as our nation no longer has the will to remain strong, no longer the belief to know we were strong, and can be again so easily if we only desire it. It just requires a return to constitutional republicanism, yet now that document has been sullied as a racist document made by greedy woman haters which only has relative merit if it can provide extemporaneous meaning to ensure expedient results.

Bleak times is nothing new and depending on strength, character and will; people can persevere or, through supplicance induced by fear or folly, the misery can be invited as the barriers are willfully brought down.

I’m reminded of 1979 Britain when after three decades of destroying the barricades not even the dead could be buried for the grave diggers were on strike. Very ominous times indeed. But a figure emerged, a pillar among pillars in the pantheon of Western Civilization, so strong and forthright this column was that she alone rebuilt the parapets of freedom.

For eleven years Britain returned triumphant from the precipice. Margaret Thatcher stared down the chasm and the chasm blinked. So it is now in our dark American hour that I offer hope by offering a quick look at that indomitable spirit. If she alone saved Britain (if even temporarily) surely we can do the same. Let’s now enjoy Margaret thatcher in her own words, toss aside any sickly perverted visage the Hollywood and media wizards would offer. Their black magic only works in their artificial visions; lets now watch the real thing.

First – we see Thatcher gaining prominence as a popular conservative member of parliament espousing tradition, individual freedom, derision to an oppressive burdensome state:

Next is when she was elected by the Tories to be their party leader in 1976 (she wasn’t elected PM until 1979). Her wit and brains propelled the Tories to victory in 1979 and the rest is history. But back in 1976, the Soviet Union thought they could mock her and with the nasty sobriquet which would rally the British people towards more socialism. Well, not only did the Soviets fail in their attempted disparagement, it was Thatcher’s iron will that helped lead to the disbanding of the Soviet Union. Classic Thatcher offering of wit, confidence, and brilliance:

An indomitable Thatcher quickly dispatches a heckler:

As Prime Minister, her initial reforms caused an economic downturn. The British Left and most of her party were begging her to return to the previous big government spending ways to stop the economic downturn. In classic Thatcher fashion, she refused to yield. Her reforms took hold and Britain rose from sick man of Europe to the #3 economy in the world. Of note, apparently this was even better received in Britain at the time because she made a pun out of a popular British play at the time about the The Lady Turning:

Her second crisis after the economic crash was the Falklands invasion. The British military was not prepared for this contingency and most told her not to attempt to retake the Islands; let the Argentines have it. Of course, she would have none of that. After the first victory and recapture of South Georgia after a few initial failed attempts she answers back to reporter more interested in a gotcha than appreciating the events of the day:

The war was a close run thing and not only was she fighting the Argentines who invaded British Sovereign territory, the Left was attacking her daily. After she gave the order to sink the Argentine Cruiser General Bellgrano, the liberals in Britain attacked her for killing so many Argentines. I guess the fact their nation was at war was lost upon them but liberals can be that way. Anyway, she pretty much smacks down smug David Frost as he tries to tar her for such an ‘infamy’:

Another classic on low taxes, free markets and individual liberty principles:

This one takes some time but is well worth it, for it is the entirety Margaret Thatcher leading the government against a vote of no confidence on 22 November 1990. This is two days after her own party voted her out as Party leader while she was at a Summit in Spain and one day after she was informed of her defeat.

In my opinion this is Thatcher’s finest hour. After 30 minutes or so of the Opposition Leader, Neil Kinnock, making the case for Torrie government incompetence, Thatcher takes center stage and ‘mops the floor with them’. Watch members of her own party who voted against her perhaps realizing their folly. Like the Hebrews making a false god in Moses’ absence, weak conservatives throw out their heart and soul to make amends with the liberal and leftist’s to ensure reelection.

Can you say RINO?

Britain has been in decline since. But Thatcher has this hour to remind and serve notice to the world once again of who she was and what she stood for. Let’s not forget her what she did and how we too can recover our liberty, dignity, and nation. Advance to the 30 minute mark or so if you just want to see bravura Maggie. But in its entirety the build up is good as the case against the conservatives is made. That is until Thatcher comes along and blows away their ‘windy rhetoric’ and by the end the Opposition is in retreat and the Torries are wondering what the heck they did. But they know, they killed themselves when they killed her career, and by the end of the hour, they know its too late:

No Confidence Vote Debate

My only regret is when I was a kid I was very liberal and disliked Thatcher and Reagan but for the life of me I don’t know why, I wish I could have appreciated them while they were our leaders. Well I certainly appreciate them now and cannot imagine what the world would be like if Carter got reelected in 1980.

Post script – this is Thatcher’s last Q and A as Prime Minister 1 week later:

And for sake of completion Thatcher this time from the backbenches, no regret, no resentment, just her usual thoughtful and sharp comments: • (1252 views)

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4 Responses to Remembering Thatcher

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    This is great stuff, Rob. I’m going to be plowing through this in the coming days.

  2. RobL_V2 RobL_V2 says:

    Her 30 minutes in the no confidence vote video is a tour de force, just a day after being dumped by her own party, its simply amazing. She is without a doubt one of the most seminal figures of the 20th century.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I’ll definitely start with that one, Rob. One of the interesting factors that I think any conservative will run into is the fraidy-cat RINO factor. It’s not wrong at all to be moderate in one’s mindset (as opposed to a flaming radical), and even-keeled in one’s approach.

      But there is consistently this human drive toward melded mediocrity. The human mind becomes very good at coming up with reasons why one should not make any waves. And it would seem from your description that Thatcher ran into that in regards to her vote of no confidence by her mush colleagues.

      This is surely what Reagan meant by painting in bold colors and not wimpy pale pastels. And if one wants to be a leader, one must do so. Even those on the Left have gotten that message. But many on the right have become such fraidy-cats.

      I’ve pretty much given up on Facebook. But I would run into this fraidy-cat attitude all the time amongst people who really did think they were conservatives. Any perhaps some of them were. But utmost on their mind was to make sure that no one was embarrassed by taking controversial stances. The path to electoral victory, as far as they were concerned, was by making sure you never took a stand that could upset anyone.

      That is the very definition of a RINO. Yes, we need chiefs and we need Indians, we need leaders and we need followers. But the follower mindset does not work well in terms of governance. One must lead. One must offer a distinctive choice. Reagan did. And unless and until someone offers us a better choice, we’re just going to keep slouching down this road of socialism.

      I’m sure Thatcher knew all this. She was opposed by “the best and the brightest” coming and going. Even after the success of her bold example, you can see this almost magnetic force that causes so many people to go all wobbly. But not Maggie.

  3. RobL_V2 RobL_V2 says:

    Agree Brad but I’d add there is nothing controversial about conservatism. It’s the Left successfully painting anything conservative as ‘controversial’ (at best) that has weakened conservative resolve. Its conservative belief in the Lefty narrative and fear of slander that has contributed to this successful tactic.

    Thatcher didn’t surrender to Leftist tactics; she defeated them with a simple strategy. Truth. She didn’t cow, she answered loud clear boldly and correctly. She was successful but every time conservatives try to placate leftism, they only serve to alienate their base and patronize the independent surrendering their gains and advance the cause of Leftism.

    I believe if one word can describe RINO’s its surrender. It’s the TEA Party who has reengaged the truth strategy and it is working, thus the RINOs and Lefties are mustering mobilizing marshalling their forces to flank Truth using the best weapons in their armamentarium; deceit, lies and perfidy.

    (Sorry I’m veering a bit of topic…)

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