Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher may be gone, but her legacy, we hope, will live forever. The “Iron Lady” died last Monday, and, among other things, she left us with powerful insights too numerous to list here. In tribute to her, we’ve chosen our favorite: “I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. … People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”
It is our opinion that Thatcher was the most dynamic and decisive leader of our time, a politician of true conviction. She took office following Britain’s “Winter of Discontent” of the late 1970s; hers was a nation plagued by strikes by public-sector unions. She, in effect, saved Britain from socialism, turning around a moribund economy. And, her steely resolve and candid relationships with President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev converged to help end the Cold War. Not a bad legacy.
In this day and age of wishy-washy politicians without conviction – think House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – it’s painful to learn of the passing of a vanishing breed of leader. What a shame Lady Thatcher wasn’t born an American. We could have used her in the White House. We’ll leave you with one more Thatcher quote: “When I’m out of politics, I’m going to run a business, it’ll be called Rent-A-Spine.”
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It is our opinion that the Friends of Chaucie’s Place Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. on April 24 at Ritz Charles in Carmel, is an apropos opportunity to focus on National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We urge your attendance. To make a difference, please visit www.chauciesplace.org for more information.