Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Remembering Baroness Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013
I’m a week late on this one, but with last week’s passing of former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, one cannot forget about her contributions to British society and the world in general.
The Baroness and her Conservative Party took power at a time in Britain when unions were holding the country hostage with crippling strikes, the economy was stagnant and there was the impression that the sun was beginning to set on an empire where the sun never set. Thatcher, with a strong will and incredible resolve, faced her detractors and opponents head on, not giving in and making Great Britain all the better for it. They even tried to assassinate her and the Baroness kept on going She applied her vision to British society, instituting economic, smaller government reforms, while strengthening the once vaunted British military, which gave Britons a sense of national pride that has been missing since the days of Winston Churchill.
On the international stage, the Baroness built a strong alliance with Ronald Reagan in order to bring an end to Soviet influence, ending once and for all the Cold War. By bringing an end to détente, she was not afraid to stand head to head against the Soviets in the interest of freedom. With her regional knowledge and intuition, she was able to see Mikhail Gorbachev as a man the West “could do business with,” while at the same time, aligning with Reagan’s policy of “Peace Through Strength.”
Baroness Margaret Thatcher will go down in history as not only being one of Great Britain’s greatest leaders, if not its greatest, but more importantly, her vision, will and resolve, as well as her ability to see things through, strengthened Western Europe and saved Great Britain!