Sad news.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who became one of the most influential global leaders of the postwar period, died on Monday, three decades after her championing of free-market economics and individual choice transformed Britain’s economy and her vigorous foreign policy played a key role in the end of the Cold War.

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” said Mrs. Thatcher’s spokesman, Timothy Bell.

Queen Elizabeth II and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron immediately issued tributes, with Mr. Cameron saying: “We have lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton.” Mr. Cameron planned to cut short a trip across Europe and was due to return to London on Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Thatcher, who grew up in an apartment without hot water above her father’s grocery store in Grantham, eastern England, went on to become Britain’s first female prime minister and arguably the country’s dominant political figure since Winston Churchill. She was 87.

She was a key ally and close friend of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, sharing with him a view on free-market, monetarist solutions to the economic problems of the day, as well as an uncompromising stance on how to handle the former Soviet Union, earning her the nickname “the Iron Lady.”

A quote attributed to Thatcher is among my all time favorites: The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

During my lifetime, my favorite era for global leadership emanating from the free world came during my years in high school in the early 1980′s (I was a Reagan fan and had a lib Social Studies teacher who openly mocked me for it, which made me like Reagan even more). Thatcher, along with Reagan, touted the virtues of freedom and evils of totalitarianism like no other. Reagan affectionately referred to Thatcher as the “best man in England” and Thatcher called Reagan “the second most important man in my life.” Somewhere, they’re being reunited.

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Update: Figures… the White House responded faster to the death of Roger Ebert than they did Margaret Thatcher.

For that matter, the Obama administration had a faster response to Ebert’s death than they did the Benghazi attack.

Also: Be sure to check out the video at Michelle’s site, in which Thatcher exposes the trick inherent in the “gap between the rich and the poor has widened” argument the left likes to use.

Update II: Obama’s quite the comedian: Michelle and I will “carry on the work to which she dedicated her life.”

Unless Margaret Thatcher dedicated her life to crony socialism, non-stop fundraisers and golf, no they won’t carry on that work.

Comments

32 Responses to “Margaret Thatcher dies”

  1. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 1:15 pm

    "Update: Figures… the White House responded faster to the death of Roger Ebert than they did Margaret Thatcher."

    Considering that dear leader and his people had to first look up who Margaret Thatcher was, then they had to figure out how to take the British press release and re-word it into their own I am surprised they got it out that quickly.

  2. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 1:18 pm

    The passing of Maragret Thatcher has left us with one less sane person in the world. Somehow I have a image of Reagan and Thatcher looking down on the world from Heaven watching things unfold. And like many of us, they are screaming at their "tv screen".

  3. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 1:44 pm

    If I hadn`t given my copy of "Iron Lady" to my Sis and BinL I would have watched it again tonight. Seeing her in action against the sowshallist Parliament was fascinating and down-right comical. She stood her ground and made her good points and forced the entrenched parliamentarians to take notice, and take her seriously.

    She was a great model for people everywhere. She will continue to be greatly missed !

  4. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 1:48 pm

    Barry surely choked on his words when he said, "Mrs Thatcher was a champion of freedom and a role model for women everywhere". (para) That stands as anathema to all you hold dear, right Preezie FissBump ?

    That barely scratches the surface of who and what Maggie Thatcher was !

  5. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 1:53 pm

    That was an awesome movie. How I would have loved to have been there in Parliament to see it live. Now that would have been a sight to see.

  6. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 2:00 pm

    So true. Of course in dear leaders mind he sees the passing of this great lady as something that can hinder his ambitions. With the Iron Lady passing on it will bring her front and center into the public spotlight and many more people will be wondering more about her.

    First of all, people will see what a real leader is and dear leader doesn't like how that will make him look (so I am sure he will try to claim he is just like her). Secondly, it kinda deflats the whole meme of the "Conservative war on women" that he has been pushing. We Conservatives loved Maragret Thatcher for the leadership she provided during the cold war. Her princpled stance is something we long for in our own politicians. The fact that she was in fact a women was just that a fact. It didn't shape our view of her in anyway and that scares the crap out of the left.

  7. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 2:02 pm

    And speaking of "war on women" the left in Britain is showing how sick they are:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2305760/M

  8. Marshall_Will on April 8th, 2013 2:14 pm

    "Barry surely choked on his…"

    Choke, gag, SPIT.

    Also notice he can't get out of his first sentence before identifying, acknowledging and elevating minority status. Yes, Prezzie Fissbump, she was a woman. We get it. Thanks for bringing that to our attention.

  9. Marshall_Will on April 8th, 2013 2:15 pm

    Wiki to the WH rescue..! ( Who knew? )

  10. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 2:49 pm

    Makes me wish Margaret Thatcher was alive and the PM today. She would make dear leader squirm as as she would put him in his place on a daily basis and show him what it is like to actually have a set of b@lls!

  11. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 2:49 pm

    No kidding. Does make you wonder at the timing of the latest release.

  12. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 2:58 pm

    Maggie was exactly correct; the left does not care that their policies make the poor poorer as long as the gap between the rich and the poor narrows. They accomplish that by making EVERYONE poorer.

  13. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 3:02 pm

    "(so I am sure he will try to claim he is just like her)" You called it ! See Update II .

  14. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 3:06 pm

    Dear leader is so predictable…..yet the GOP leadership seems to think his is an upredictable maverick (and they wonder why they keep losing).

  15. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 3:06 pm

    Perzackly ! Maggie demonstrated that she cared about everyone of all social levels. Pres. Double-Downgrade w/ a 3rd Waiting in the Wings and the Asst. Preezy have to tell us who they care about and clearly demonstrate caring for no one !

  16. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 3:08 pm

    She really did have the ability to make her point in such direct and simple way as to make it understable by the average person, just like her counterpart her in the US did.

    That is what we are lacking in the leadership of the GOP.

  17. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 3:20 pm

    Fascinating isn`t it that when a woman grows a set, she gives them spines ?

  18. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 3:21 pm

    Speak the truth simply and clearly and never apologize for it !

  19. jeffythequick on April 8th, 2013 4:43 pm

    Update II: Obama’s quite the comedian: Michelle and I will “carry on the work to which she dedicated her life.”

    Surely, Barky, no one real American will say that about you.

  20. jeffythequick on April 8th, 2013 4:51 pm

    It's missing from both parties. Barky will make it about himself, and the R's will simply say, "what he said, only less so."

  21. Marshall_Will on April 8th, 2013 6:28 pm

    Pffttt..!

    Epic Truthspeak FAIL. That won't even 'resonate' w/ the guy at the end of the bar ready to fall off his stool…

  22. Marshall_Will on April 8th, 2013 6:35 pm

    "and the Asst. Preezy have to tell us who they care about and clearly demonstrate caring for no one !"

    Great phrasing. I think nowhere more evident than right where I'm at in S. Oregon. A clearer example of everyday Americans teetering on the bubble between self-determination ( and a life sentence of gov. dependency! )

    You can't help but see it everywhere you GO? With its old west legacy, fierce sense of independence and patriotism they're bravely fighting the good fight. Other parts of the country where you don't have that "tripod" of character I wonder if they're carrying on as valiantly?

    Because there IS nobility in struggling you know!

  23. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 7:48 pm

    Maybe I could have said, "(unelected) Asst. Preezy" or "Self-Appointed-" ?

    There IS Nobility in the struggle, even if it is only noticed by the strugglee and no one else notices.

  24. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 8:05 pm

    Can`t sing OR dance to it ! ;-)

  25. SignPainterGuy on April 8th, 2013 8:10 pm

    No kidding ! Our guys negotiate right up to the point of winning and then go all compromise on us, yanking defeat from the jaws of victory. Then some weeks later they tell us they pulled some slick parliamentary move that forces the left to go thru a bunch of hoops. NO Danggit, a trip from shoulder to elbow need not include a toenail and an underwear sniff !

  26. Granny55 on April 8th, 2013 9:06 pm

    My favorite comment over at Twitchy:

    Heather @hmfearny

    Has Obama released a statement about himself on Thatcher's death yet?
    12:38 PM – 08 Apr 13
    35 Retweets 10 favorites

  27. Granny55 on April 8th, 2013 9:11 pm

    A sad, sad day for conservatives world wide. And as usual the liberals are attacking with a vengence. For the party of tolerance they sure show their true colors of tolerance when someone they disagree with passes on. Like my dad used to say….if you don't have anything nice to say – just don't say it. But liberals just can't help themselves. Yup gotta love those tolerant, peace loving liberals.

  28. Truesoldier__ on April 8th, 2013 9:17 pm

    That drives me crazy. The GOP leadership pays waaayyyy too much attention to what the LSM has to say about govt shutdown, CR's, debt ceiling, etc. While history shows us that when Conservatives stand up on principle they win (Ronald Reagan, The House in the mid 90's, etc).

  29. ChapBix on April 8th, 2013 10:35 pm

    Has Barry blamed a YouTube video for Roger Ebert's death? Inquiring minds want to know!

  30. ChapBix on April 8th, 2013 10:37 pm

    Ms. Thatcher was a giant among the smaller (ie. liberals) people in the British parliament of her time and since.

  31. SignPainterGuy on April 9th, 2013 12:33 am

    The Rs want to be liked and worry about what the LSMbs will say about them. TUFF ! They are gonna bad-mouth you regardless ! Give it a rest already and do the right thing for a change and watch how much your own people LOVE you !

  32. SignPainterGuy on April 9th, 2013 12:41 am

    I think a close second on their hypocrisy scale is "diversity". They have that`n backards too !

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