Breaking: Margaret Thatcher passes away; Update: Obama issues statement

posted at 8:04 am on April 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Margaret Thatcher, the legendary Iron Lady of the United Kingdom, has passed away after suffering a stroke.  So far, CNN only has a banner headline carrying the announcement from her spokewoman, but more will undoubtedly be coming.

Update: CNN has its news report live now:

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday following a stroke, her spokeswoman confirmed.

Britain’s only female prime minister, Thatcher served from 1979 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the “Iron Lady” for her personal and political toughness.

ABC News has more:

Margaret Thatcher, the first woman ever to serve as prime minister ofGreat Britain and the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century has died at age 87.

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Lord Timothy Bell said today. “A further statement will be made later.” …

Many considered her Britain’s Ronald Reagan. In fact, Reagan and Thatcher were political soul mates. Reagan called her the “best man in England” and she called him “the second most important man in my life.” The two shared a hatred of communism and a passion for small government. What America knew as “Reaganomics” is still called “Thatcherism” in Britain.

Like Reagan, Thatcher was an outsider in the old boys’ club. Just as it was unlikely for an actor to lead the Republicans, the party of Lincoln, it was unthinkable that a grocer’s daughter could lead the Conservatives, the party of Churchill and William Pitt — that is, until Thatcher. She led the Conservatives from 1975 to 1990, the only woman ever to do so.

ABC also includes this archive video from her election victory, featuring the late anchorman Frank Reynolds:

Thatcher was the last living member of the triumvirate, along with Reagan and Pope John Paul II, that forced the Soviet Union into collapse.  Jonah Goldberg offers this tribute:

Would that were true here on Earth. Godspeed, Mrs. Thatcher, and thank you.

[more to come]

Update (AP): By popular demand, here’s Thatcher’s eulogy for Reagan.

Update (AP): Via Conn Carroll, another Thatcher classic:

Update (AP): Expect barrels-full of vitriol in social media today, needless to say. George Galloway gets started bright and early.

Update (AP): The White House grits its teeth and salutes an ideological opponent:

“With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend,” he said.

“As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.

“As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best.

“And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.

Obama added: “Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will.

“Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.”

Meanwhile, it’s come to this:

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Farewell and RIP Iron Lady…

d1carter on April 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

D-fusit on April 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I do, I do. Back when HotAir was, well… you know.

Midas on April 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

My apologies to both of you and the rest of the commenters here. I just find it very hard to let this ones pathetic commentary go unchallenged.

The apology is sincere.

hawkdriver on April 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

 
I fail to see why you are injecting race into this…
 
JohnAGJ on April 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

 
I know that wasn’t intended to be comical, but how many folks chuckled when they read it?

rogerb on April 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

When did HA die..?

d1carter on April 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Celebrating Margaret Thatcher and her well documented anti-black racism is just the latest example.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

And, yet, you and your fellow idiots still celebrate Che.

“We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.”

-Che Guevera

“The N3gro is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.”

- Che Guevara

“Given the prevailing lack of discipline, it would have been impossible to use Congolese machine-gunners to defend the base from air attack: they did not know how to handle their weapons and did not want to learn,”

- Che Guevara

Che Guevara also railed against “long hairs,” “lazy youths,” Mexicans, and homosexuals.

But, one can find any number of Progs wearing his face on t-shirts and singing his praises today.

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I don’t remember that; however, I DO remember Thatcher referring to some of the dudes in the British parliament as “white ni**ers”.

Bishop on April 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM

The time she referred to herself as a “single mom” is seared into my memory.

VegasRick on April 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Nancy Reagan

on Margaret Thatcher:

‘The world has lost a true champion of freedom and democracy’ – via @NBCNews

4 mins ago by editor

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I fail to see why you are injecting race into this…

JohnAGJ on April 8, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Are you kidding me? It’s liveenslavedthendie’s sole purpose for living.

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The apology is sincere.

hawkdriver on April 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

No apology needed. His sickness needs to be know by all.

VegasRick on April 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

You lie!

NotCoach on April 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM

“Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, speech to Conservative Central Council, 15 March 1986

“I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, speech to Small Business Bureau Conference, 8 February 1984

“The choice facing the nation is between two totally different ways of life. And what a prize we have to fight for: no less than the chance to banish from our land the dark, divisive clouds of Marxist socialism and bring together men and women from all walks of life who share a belief in freedom.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, speech in Perth, Scotland,
13 May 1983

“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he only had good intentions. He had money as well.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, London Weekend Television Weekend World, 6 January 1980

“Pennies don’t fall from Heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Speech at Lord Mayor’s Banquet,
12 November 1979

“Imagine a Labour canvasser talking on the doorstep to those East German families when they settle in, on freedom’s side of the wall. “You want to keep more of the money you earn? I’m afraid that’s very selfish. We shall want to tax that away. You want to own shares in your firm? We can’t have that. The state has to own your firm. You want to choose where to send your children to school? That’s very divisive. You’ll send your child where we tell you.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, speech to Conservative Party Conference, 13 October 1989

“Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”

- Margaret Thatcher, Thames TV This Week, 5 February 1976

“If a Tory does not believe that private property is one of the main bulwarks of individual freedom, then he had better become a socialist and have done with it.”

- Margaret Thatcher, “My Kind of Tory Party,” Daily Telegraph,
30 January 1975

“And I will go on criticising Socialism, and opposing Socialism because it is bad for Britain — and Britain and Socialism is not the same thing. (…) It’s the Labour Government that has brought us record peace-time taxation. They’ve got the usual Socialist disease — they’ve run out of other people’s money.”

- Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Conservative Party Conference,
10 October 1975

“No theory of government was ever given a fairer test or a more prolonged experiment in a democratic country than democratic socialism received in Britain. Yet it was a miserable failure in every respect. Far from reversing the slow relative decline of Britain vis-à-vis its main industrial competitors, it accelerated it. We fell further behind them, until by 1979 we were widely dismissed as ‘the sick man of Europe’…To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.”

- Baroness Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years, 1993

“They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations, because there is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, interview with Douglas Keay on 23 September 1987, Woman’s Own, published 31 October 1987, pp. 8–10.

“My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, The News of the World,
20 September 1981

“Economics are the method; the object is to change the heart and soul.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, interview for The Sunday Times, 1 May 1981

“I think, in a way, the fact that we went through that winter was a rather shattering experience for many many people and particularly the trade unions. Because the whole of public opinion was massively against them and I think they’ll think twice before they go through that again. Those particularly in the part of the public sector dealing with the social services. Yes we do have to get across to them that every penny we provide to the public sector, the non-marketing public sector, has to be earned for us by the marketing sector, whether it’s public or private. All of those in the public sector, who are not in the business side of the public sector, depend upon the success of business enterprise. And what is in danger of happening is that so much seems to be going into public sector pay, that the private sector is being drained of resources that it needs. That’s another reason why we simply have to stick and say I’m sorry there’s only so much money, there isn’t any more. And we just do have to stand and say no. But equally, I think we have a duty to explain. Some people then say to me, ah, you’ve got a pay policy. Of course I have. My pay policy is for the public sector to live within what the nation earns. It was called good housekeeping and living within your means long before it was called a pay policy. There really is no alternative.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Press Conference for American correspondents in London, 25 June 1980

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Cameron: She did not just lead our country…she saved our country.

d1carter on April 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM


Israel’s President Peres on Thatcher: ‘There are people, there are ideas. Occasionally those 2 come together to create vision’ – via @NBCNews

24 mins ago by editor

hawkdriver, no apologies are needed from you my friend my observation was directed squarely at the reprehensible liveslaveanddie.

D-fusit on April 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

You’re comparing a woman who called Mandela a terrorist to MLK Jr……OK then…..

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

And why not? She is to me and people like me who hate communism exactly what MLK is to people like you, fair enough. the comparison is more than apt. who cares what she called ‘Mandela’s ANC, you and your ilk called GWB terrorist too. What’s the difference? And don’t even try to go down on that path of incessant whining about Iraq and all, not before you point out how many people your guru in the WH killed by means of personally ordered drone attacks and such. hint: far more than GWB did…oh, and and add to that his own people killed by means of incompetence (see Benghazi)…

jimver on April 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

So, lets see by searching the wayback machine what Ms. Thatcher’s position on lillegal immigration and or immigration limits were past and did it change over time..

Would be educational it seems.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

rogerb on January 31, 2013 at 8:32 AM

How is me reminiscing about an affair I had with an older man = “he fantasized about sex with young boys.” Like, just purely in an ontological sense the two can not coexist.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

“Socialism started out taxing the rich…soon they were taxing the middle income earners…”

d1carter on April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Meryl Streep

on Margaret Thatcher:

‘Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics’ – via @NBCNews

4 mins ago by editor

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

“They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations, because there is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation.”

- Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, interview with Douglas Keay on 23 September 1987, Woman’s Own, published 31 October 1987, pp. 8–10.

Fantastic quote, thank you RWM! Libfree should put this quote on a fridge magnet :)

jimver on April 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

**Update**

Senator Ted Kennedy has now been sober for 3 years, 8 months.

portlandon on April 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The time she referred to herself as a “single mom” is seared into my memory.

VegasRick on April 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Her father fought at Rorke’s Drift. Ok not really, he was actually an army clerk based in Liverpool, but same thing.

Bishop on April 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Liberals let others die for their causes, the numbers do not count as the liberals consider conservatives expendable.

Now a dole voteing zombie, now thats the ticket to power.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Labour leader Ed Miliband says his party ‘disagreed with much of what she did and she will always remain a controversial figure. But we can disagree and also greatly respect her political achievements and her personal strength’ – @Reuters

2 hours ago by editor

Is this the same Ed Miliband? Click here

EnglishRogue on April 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

rogerb on January 31, 2013 at 8:32 AM

 
How is me reminiscing about an affair I had with an older man = “he fantasized about sex with young boys.” Like, just purely in an ontological sense the two can not coexist.
 
libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

 
Reading comprehension for the win, professor.

rogerb on April 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Everything isn’t about you. As a matter of fact, nothing is about you. Go away.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Are you kidding me? It’s liveenslavedthendie’s sole purpose for living.

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

He’s got a PhD in injecting race and identity politics into everything.

Which we helped subsidize of course.

gwelf on April 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Is this the same Ed Miliband? Click here

EnglishRogue on April 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Yeppers. The same Red Ed.

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

EnglishRogue on April 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Let’s hope she gets the same jaw dropping treatment that Pres. Reagan received at his death. I thought the press was surprisingly fair to him.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

He’s got a PhD in injecting race and identity politics into everything.

Which we helped subsidize of course.

gwelf on April 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Which is justly-earned payback for 250,000 years of institutionalized racism, misogynist.

Bishop on April 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Via Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM (Nice post)

“No theory of government was ever given a fairer test or a more prolonged experiment in a democratic country than democratic socialism received in Britain. Yet it was a miserable failure in every respect. Far from reversing the slow relative decline of Britain vis-à-vis its main industrial competitors, it accelerated it. We fell further behind them, until by 1979 we were widely dismissed as ‘the sick man of Europe’…To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.”

- Baroness Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years, 1993

Who would have thought the Iron Lady could be describing Obama’s vision of American so well.

Rovin on April 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

The woman who had more steel than most men in politics, put together, will haunt them forever. None could/can even kiss her feet.

Rest well great lady, rest well.

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

How is me reminiscing about an affair I had with an older man = “he fantasized about sex with young boys.” Like, just purely in an ontological sense the two can not coexist.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Who the eff..care abut you and your affairs, dude, or whether you are a gerontophile or a pedophile… you can be a zoophile or a necrophile for all I care….this thread is about Margaret Thatcher and her legacy, so go back to writing your irrelevant memoirs and put those sordid details in there…nobody here cares…

jimver on April 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Ms. Brazile,

I heard PM Thatcher speak live quite a while ago. A woman in the audience asked her what she was doing to help women – you know, your comment. The PM’s answer was literally deafening – she expected people to EARN their way, no matter what. Threw the “progressive, liberal” audience for a loop.

But, the PM was correct – if you believe in yourself, your principles, you find a way. If you are lucky you get a mentor; if not, you still find a way. It’s called real confidence, not this phony “feel-good” garbage.

She was real; she bucked the system; she was a leader; she was a communicator; she was forceful; she was brilliant. She had guts! Thank goodness.

I love Jonah Goldberg’s tweet. Amen!

MN J on April 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Which is justly-earned payback for 250,000 years of institutionalized racism, misogynist.

Bishop on April 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Huh…250,000 years already?

How time flies when you’re having fun.

Solaratov on April 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Baroness Thatcher was an inspiration to my friends and I when we were young. She did prove that we could do anything.

Of course, none of the criticisms and celebratory exclamations you hear today from the left will be called ‘sexist.’ She would be pleased because she loved to get under the skin of her opponents and make them embarrass themselves. She might point out however, that had she been a member of Labour – the party of tribal politics, she never would have become Prime Minister.

And, yes, Obama, she was ‘likable enough.’

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

libfreeordie

your near illegal acts on public blog/forum

keep it up and you will get the internet cops on you

let us know if we can help in any way mr/ms internet cops

(the internet cops may be reading we can hope)

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) April 8, 2013

By this classless, absurd and nauseating standard, Donna Brazile (and her lifelong hero Hillary Clinton) is no better than a 300-pound druggie prostitute working the gas station bathroom circuit along America’s highways. GFY, you ignorant preening nobody.

Just sayin’

Sacramento on April 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) April 8, 2013

By this classless, absurd and nauseating standard, Donna Brazile (and her lifelong hero Hillary Clinton) is no better than a 300-pound druggie prostitute working the gas station bathroom circuit along America’s highways. GFY, you ignorant preening nobody.

Just sayin’

Sacramento on April 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

This made my day :)

jimver on April 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

How is me reminiscing about an affair I had with an older man = “he fantasized about sex with young boys.” Like, just purely in an ontological sense the two can not coexist.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

You still here? Who cares about your nasty sex life and your definition of “is’?

Keep telling yourself that. BTW, your response to the Winnie Mandela Necklace????

AH_C on April 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Still waiting for you to address the nasty way Mandela’s ANC dealt with fellow blacks and how that puts Maggie’s assertion to lie, that the ANC is a terroist organization.

AH_C on April 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin
 
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) April 8, 2013

 
Who are you again?

rogerb on April 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

This libfreeordie in my opinion is a very useful fool to use as the “poster” of evil to point out and link to, sort of the bottom of the wash tub scum for exibit “A” of how low the liberal kook mind does dwell and go.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Barry finally did release something after all? Guess it took a while for him to stop searching for just the right photo of himself to go with it…

Naturally he charges right for the feminist angle that all the libtards love, was central to the movie, and is exactly the wrong way to study her career.

Gingotts on April 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

From Slick Willy!!

Bill Clinton

on Thatcher:

‘The United Kingdom has lost its 1st woman Prime Minister, an iconic stateswoman, and a fearless leader’ – via @NBCNews

April 8, 2013, 4:43 p.m. GMT by editor

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Obama will use a 9 iron in her honor today.

Don’t go wobbly on me, Titleist!”

profitsbeard on April 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

libfreeordie,

How are the lies and fraud of the Global Warming/Climate Change/CO2 fraud working out for the redistribution of other peoples wealth to you and other free loaders?

here is some help, only danger on this blog I ref. is truth

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

And, yes, Obama, she was ‘likable enough.’

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Stayed up late tonight just to see how you’d be doing. :) “Well,” it seems.

And you make me think of Thatcher often. I can’t imagine how many women, in particular, were positively influenced by her. All the heels that dig in, all the ground that gets fought-for that would have only been weakly resisted in other possible worlds.

This woman’s accomplishments for all of us can’t be erased.

Carry on. :)

Axe on April 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

…..and sadly, NO ONE in the gop has the courage to be Margaret Thatcher.

A towering figure of the 20th Century.

God help us find another one.

PappyD61 on April 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

From Slick Willy!!

Bill Clinton

on Thatcher:

‘The United Kingdom has lost its 1st woman Prime Minister, an iconic stateswoman, and a fearless leader’ – via @NBCNews

April 8, 2013, 4:43 p.m. GMT by editor

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Love him or hate him, even Bubba has more class than the collective pile of garbage called ‘Left’ in this country…

jimver on April 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Godspeed Lady Thatcher..RIP..

Dire Straits on April 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Which is justly-earned payback for 250,000 years of institutionalized racism, misogynist.

Bishop on April 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Well at least libfreeordie can point to the resounding success of the black community ever since it fully backed liberal Democrats. We’re just trillions of more dollars and several more government programs away from creating “equality”.

/sarc

gwelf on April 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

You’re comparing a woman who called Mandela a terrorist to MLK Jr……OK then…..

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Mandela was a terrorist.

Now he’s just a pathetically stupid old man.

HondaV65 on April 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Another “Broken (Glass ) Ceiling Lefty comment!

John Kerry

on Thatcher:

‘The US has lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a transformative leader who broke the glass ceiling in global politics’ – via @NBCNews

April 8, 2013, 4:53 p.m. GMT by editor

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Love him or hate him, even Bubba has more class than the collective pile of garbage called ‘Left’ in this country…

jimver on April 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

jimver:Yup,for some reason,I believe him!!:)

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Goodbye, Mrs. Thatcher. The world was truly a better place for your having been in it. Rest peacefully.

alchemist19 on April 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM

…..and sadly, NO ONE in the gop has the courage to be Margaret Thatcher.

A towering figure of the 20th Century.

God help us find another one.

PappyD61 on April 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Worth re-quoting! Bravo Pappy.

Rovin on April 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Stayed up late tonight just to see how you’d be doing. :) “Well,” it seems.

And you make me think of Thatcher often. I can’t imagine how many women, in particular, were positively influenced by her. All the heels that dig in, all the ground that gets fought-for that would have only been weakly resisted in other possible worlds.

This woman’s accomplishments for all of us can’t be erased.

Carry on. :)

Axe on April 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Thanks. I’m sad, but this is not unexpected. She had been ill for a long time. My grandmother was friends with her so I got to meet her a few times. She was a terrific lady and ever inspirational.

As I got older, I disagree with her on some things, especially her unwillingness to take on the NHS as she did other inefficient, costly, and soul-deadening programmes and policies. In the last week, the entire country has been debating the disgusting Philpotts – a husband and wife who were convicted of murdering 6 of their children. The husband, Mick, had 17 children by 5 women and earned benefits in such a large amount that he would be in the top 2% of the income earners. The Left – led by The Guardian – has been beside themselves in trying to say that he is an outlier (not really) and banging their spoons on their highchairs wondering why the majority of people on benefits and the working class agree that the welfare state has gotten out-of-control and needs to be cut. They’ve been screaming: ‘DON’T THEY REALISE THEY ARE ARGUING AGAINST THEIR OWN SELF-INTERESTS!!!!’

Yes, they know what their self-interests are and the dead-end of poverty and welfare are amongst them.

While Mrs Thatcher’s death may allow Labour to connect with some older, disaffected, retired miners, etc, it and its friends in the media are compounding the mistakes they have been making with the Philpotts. Trashing Mrs Thatcher for saying 30-40 years ago those things about welfare, the euro, immigration, and other Lefty-sacred cows in a country that believes something has gone terribly wrong and that work is still noble will just show that they once again have lost the connection with their own base.

Michael Philpott Is A Perfect Parable For Our Age: His Story Shows The Pervasiveness Of Evil Born Out Of Welfare Dependency

Labour Has Completely Lost The Plot On Philpott

Resist We Much on April 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM

“Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family

but no prayers.

multiuseless on April 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Another Icon,pass`s!
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*** M-I-C-K-E-Y………… M-O-U-S-E*****!!!!!!

Former ‘Mouseketeer’ Annette Funicello has died, family tells @extratv; she was 70

3 mins ago from http://www.extratv.com by editor

http://www.extratv.com/2013/04/08/former-mouseketeer-annette-funicello-dead-at-70/
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

“No theory of government was ever given a fairer test or a more prolonged experiment in a democratic country than democratic socialism received in Britain the United States. Yet it was a miserable failure in every respect. Far from reversing the slow relative decline of Britain the U.S. vis-à-vis its main industrial competitors, it accelerated it. We fell further behind them, until by 1979 we were widely dismissed as ‘the sick man of Europe’…To cure the British American disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.”

- Baroness Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years, 1993

Who would have thought the Iron Lady could be describing Obama’s warped vision of America to a tee?

Rovin on April 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

but no prayers.

multiuseless on April 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM

. . . that’s freakin’ bizarre. I didn’t read that far. I’ve never heard that turn of phrase. It’s the prayer cliche structure redacted.

“My thoughts are with you,” maybe.

I send my thoughts?

Wonder who penciled out “prayer” and wrote in “thoughts.”

Axe on April 8, 2013 at 1:21 PM

O/T Annette Funicello has also died.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Now its time to say goodbye to all our company…

coldwarrior on April 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

coldwarrior on April 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Opps, I was fighting with the log in and missed canopfor’s comment. Wasn’t she an Ambassador to Africa under Reagan?

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

RIP Iron Lady

Thank you for your words and deeds.

I’m so grateful to be able to have lived through the time when you and Reagan worked together in the free world.

“They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations, because there is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation.”

– Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, interview with Douglas Keay on 23 September 1987, Woman’s Own, published 31 October 1987, pp. 8–10.

Resist We Much, that’s one of my favorite quotes. Thanks for posting it.

INC on April 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Shirley Temple Black was.

INC on April 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Everything isn’t about you. As a matter of fact, nothing is about you. Go away.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

*APPLAUSE*

Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) April 8, 2013

Who are you again?

rogerb on April 8, 2013 at 12:43 PM

This is what I tweeted back to her: “@donnabrazile you are weapons grade silly & quite useless. the only positive if that no one will pose this ? on your passing for obv reasons”

Bah.

kim roy on April 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Now its time to say goodbye to all our company…

coldwarrior on April 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Brought tears of joy to these old eyes coldwarrior…..thanks for the memories.

Rovin on April 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Rip Iron Lady. Your resolve and foresight helped bring down the Soviet Union. You lifted GB out of shabbiness.

tom daschle concerned on April 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

INC on April 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM

That’s right, thanks for the correction.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Mandela was a terrorist.

Now he’s just a pathetically stupid old man.

HondaV65 on April 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Hi Obama voter! Do you think Mandela would have voted for Obama too if he could?

kim roy on April 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Now its time to say goodbye to all our company…

coldwarrior on April 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

One of my earliest memories. Part of my childhood is gone.

INC on April 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

From Allen West:

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Margaret Thatcher. Yet another icon of freedom and conservative principles is gone. She stood for free markets, against communism and socialism, and restored her nation’s greatness. We are so starving for this type of resolute principled leadership today and must ensure there is a next generation of leaders waiting to take up the gauntlet.

Read her words, and you’ll understand why I respect her so.

“If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and would achieve nothing. ”

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

“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.”

“When I’m out of politics I’m going to run a business, it’ll be called rent-a-spine”

That last one is new to me. I love it!

INC on April 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Opps, I was fighting with the log in and missed canopfor’s comment. Wasn’t she an Ambassador to Africa under Reagan?

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

From 1981-1989, she was a Foreign Affairs Officer-Expert with the Department of State (Foreign Service Institute). Ambassador Black also served as the US Representative to the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN); Deputy Chairman of the USSR-USA Joint Commission;

AH_C on April 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Thatcher on the NHS: “I believed that the NHS was a service of which we could genuinely be proud. It delivered a high quality of care — especially when it came to acute illnesses — and at a reasonably modest unit cost, at least compared with some insurance-based systems.”

She may have represented conservativism and her legacy is important in that sense. However, she also supported gun control and global warming. She was no Reagan.

KingOfTheRoad on April 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

…..and sadly, NO ONE in the gop has the courage to be Margaret Thatcher.

A towering figure of the 20th Century.

God help us find another one.

PappyD61

No, the sad thing is no one in the GOP wants to be her. They aspire to be more like Teddy Kennedy these days.

xblade on April 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Now its time to say goodbye to all our company…

coldwarrior on April 8, 2013 at 1:42 PM

coldwarrior:

Had to step out,sorry for the late response,
and thanks for the Link,yes…..the memories!:)

canopfor on April 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

http://theoptimisticconservative.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/the-iron-lady/

Good post as per usual from J. E. Dyer.

She’s included a photo of Reagan and Thatcher walking and talking. I’ve seen it before, and believe it was taken at Camp David.

INC on April 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

kim roy on April 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

What makes you think he didn’t? Twice.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

This is a woman who called Nelson Mandela a terrorist.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Can you kindly provide a link with her exact quote? wiki fails to mention that, and all I can find on Democrat Party Search Engine Google is idle Leftist gossip.

wiki did have this to say:

In October 1988 Thatcher said she would be unlikely to visit South Africa unless black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and in March 1989 she stressed the need to release him in order for multi-party talks to take place, urging that the African National Congress’s promise to suspend violence should be enough to permit his release, and that the ‘renunciation of violence’ should not be an absolute condition for negotiations for a settlement.

Del Dolemonte on April 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM

From Gov Palinhttp://www.nationalreview.com/articles/345014/grocer-s-daughter-sarah-palinKBird on April 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I have no doubt that had Maggie been of sound mind and health, she would have welcomed Sarah with open arms. Sadly, her son was more interested in the DFW socialite scene back in the late 80s.

AH_C on April 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM

ANC was not removed from the United States terrorist watch list until 2008.

NotCoach on April 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Certainly not a political document.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Actually that watch list is a legal document, isn’t it?

Let me guess-you only recognize “watch lists” that you ideologically agree with? Such as the corrupt UN claiming Israel is a “terrorist nation?”

Your “students” have our deepest sympathy.

Del Dolemonte on April 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Furthermore, Thatcher never called Mandela a terrorist. She called the ANC terrorists.

NotCoach on April 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

You lie.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Seems to me that you could have easily proven NotCoach a liar, simply by giving us Thatcher’s exact quote. And yet even after being challenged to do so, you cannot.

Your “students” must be so proud of you.

Del Dolemonte on April 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family

Seriously? How do you do that? Typically someone is in one’s thoughts; one sends prayers.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Everything isn’t about you. As a matter of fact, nothing is about you. Go away.

Cindy Munford on April 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Lol X 7

SparkPlug on April 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Margaret THATCHER was a Titan, RIP

SparkPlug on April 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Seriously? How do you do that? Typically someone is in one’s thoughts; one sends prayers.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Someone didn’t like that word!

Yes, you give the family sympathy and prayers.

INC on April 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family

Seriously? How do you do that? Typically someone is in one’s thoughts; one sends prayers.

Buy Danish on April 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

God doesn’t send prayers.

YiZhangZhe on April 8, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Rest in peace, Iron Lady.

Vitrol for the next week.

mythicknight on April 8, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Hey Libturd. How’s Mandela’s South Africa hanging these days? You and Kunta Kinte (our erstwhile FB blogger and nonpartisan’s alter ego) ought to check this FB page out.

AH_C on April 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin

LOL. No, of course not Donna. Being the first female PM of Britain meant absolutely nothing, and nobody will ever remember Thatcher or any of her many accomplishments.

Could Donna Brazile be more friggin’ clueless? Talk about an embarrassment to her gender.

AZCoyote on April 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

I wonder if she’s chilling with her pal Pinochet.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I wonder if she’s chilling with her pal Pinochet.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Furthermore, Thatcher never called Mandela a terrorist. She called the ANC terrorists.

NotCoach on April 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

You lie.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Seems to me that you could have easily proven NotCoach a liar, simply by giving us Thatcher’s exact quote. And yet even after being challenged to do so, you cannot.

Your “students” must be so proud of you.

Del Dolemonte on April 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Found that exact quote yet?

Del Dolemonte on April 8, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I wonder if she’s chilling with her pal Pinochet.

libfreeordie on April 8, 2013 at 9:12 PM

You’re a pig.

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 12:59 AM

The Iron Lady RIP.

Bmore on April 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

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