Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the ‘Iron Lady’ who was the only woman ever to serve as British prime minister, passed away on April 8 at age 87. (Baroness is a political title.)
Lady Thatcher carved out her place in history by working with US president Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to confront Soviet communism and to defeat it.
Lady Thatcher always will be remembered by us conservatives as the classic strong woman – never emotional or petty, always confident and assured, always optimistic and rational.
Here are various quotes from Lady Thatcher that show who she really was, in her own words. Each is followed by a Nikitas3.com comment. Thanks to wikiquote.org for these:
Baroness Thatcher once said: “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.” Comment: This is type of the political panache that made Thatcher an indelible figure on the world stage.
Baroness Thatcher once said (referring to the Soviet Union): “A huge, largely land-locked country like Russia does not need to build the most powerful navy in the world just to guard its own frontiers. No. The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. The men in the Soviet politburo don't have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns. They know that they are a super power in only one sense—the military sense. They are a failure in human and economic terms.” Comment: This is a bold leader at a time when many world politicians were cowering before the Soviets.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “And I will go on criticising Socialism, and opposing Socialism because it is bad for Britain — and Britain and Socialism are not the same thing. (…) It’s the Labour Government that have brought us record peace-time taxation. They’ve got the usual Socialist disease — they’ve run out of other people’s money. Comment: This is one of her great quotes. Other people’s money. How true.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “My job is to stop Britain going red.” Comment: Love it!
Baroness Thatcher once said: “I can't bear Britain in decline. I just can't.” Comment: Where do we have a leader with this kind of courage in America?
Baroness Thatcher once said: “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.” Comment: Common sense. Period. End of story.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “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.” Comment: Was she one of our American Founding Fathers? She sure could have been.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “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. Comment: She was no Oxford elitist. Her father was a grocer. She understood what works in the real world.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “I personally have always voted for the death penalty because I believe that people who go out prepared to take the lives of other people forfeit their own right to live. I believe that that death penalty should be used only very rarely, but I believe that no-one should go out certain that no matter how cruel, how vicious, how hideous their murder, they themselves will not suffer the death penalty.” Comment: Brilliant. What more need be said.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “At one end of the spectrum are the terrorist gangs within our borders, and the terrorist states which finance and arm them. At the other are the hard left operating inside our system, conspiring to use union power and the apparatus of local government to break, defy and subvert the law.” Comment: Thatcher saw reality for what it was and was unafraid to say it.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “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.” Comment: This is a truth that few have ever fully enunciated.
Baroness Thatcher once said about the Labour party, the equivalent of American Democrats: “In a decision of the utmost gravity, Labour voted to give up Britain's independent nuclear deterrent (against the Soviet Union) unilaterally. Labour's defence policy—though "defence" is scarcely the word—is an absolute break with the defence policy of every British Government since the Second World War. Let there be no doubt about the gravity of that decision. You cannot be a loyal member of NATO while disavowing its fundamental strategy. A Labour Britain would be a neutralist Britain. It would be the greatest gain for the Soviet Union in forty years. And they would have got it without firing a shot.” Comment: No wonder Ronald Reagan loved her. They were two peas in a pod.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “A world without nuclear weapons may be a dream but you cannot base a sure defence on dreams. Without far greater trust and confidence between East and West than exists at present, a world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.” Comment: She made this statement in a speech inside the Soviet Union!
Baroness Thatcher once said: “I, along with something like 5 million other people, insure to enable me to go into hospital on the day I want; at the time I want, and with a doctor I want.” Comment: She was explaining bluntly why she had private health insurance and would not want to rely on Britain’s public health system.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn't you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!” Comment: She not only understood politics, but she understood human nature too.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “Imagine a Labour canvasser talking on the doorstep to those East German families when they settle in, on freedom's side of the wall (after escaping communism). ‘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.’” Comment: She knew how to skewer the socialists and took every opportunity to do so.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “The trouble with you John, is that your spine does not reach your brain.” Comment: She said this to a conservative member of Parliament, who left her office in tears.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “I am not sure what is meant by those who say that the Party should return to something called "One Nation Conservatism". As far as I can tell by their views on European federalism, such people's creed would be better described as "No Nation Conservatism".” Comment: Like any freedom lover, she was opposed to the monster of the single-state European Union.
Baroness Thatcher once said: “The West as a whole in the early 1990s became obsessed with a 'peace dividend' that would be spent over and over again on any number of soft-hearted and sometimes soft-headed causes. Politicians forgot that the only real peace dividend is peace.” Comment: Is that ever the truth…
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