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Some of Margaret Thatcher’s policies wouldn’t likely sit well with today’s Republican Party

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Annie-Rose Strasser EXPLAINS why Margaret Thatcher’s “old school conservatism would never mesh with the ideology of the modern Republican Party in the United States.”

– She supported socialized medicine.

– She increased taxes.

– She believed in climate change.

– She recognized that gun laws can limit gun violence.

 

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  1. I think that both she and Reagan diverted away from “old school conservatism”. But they’re still upheld as champions of it. It doesn’t make sense.

  2. Neftali

    Liberals don’t seem to care much for Thatcher. Presidential historian Eric Ostermeier explains how Republican Presidents gave Thatcher more recognition than Democrats.

    http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/2013/04/how_us_presidents_talked_about.php

  3. Neftali

    Here’s an MSNBC host who doesn’t hesitate in stating that Thatcher “embodied selfishness and greed” and also said she “had the eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe.”

    Stay classy, libs.

    http://youtu.be/ejf_23hosJw

  4. Brian Opsahl

    The Lady was tuff as nails and when your seen as being tuff you will have many that will not like you. You might say she was the perfect leader for that time and place.

  5. Neftali

    A collection of Thatcher quotes which I like:

    “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.”

    “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

    “Pennies don’t gall from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.”

    “Left-wing zealots have often been prepared to ride roughshed over due process and basic considerations
    of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them the ends always seems to justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the gulag.”

    “They would rather have the poor poorer”

    “Socialist 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”

    “One of the great debates of our time is about how much of your money should be spent by the State and how much you should keep to spend on your family. Let us never forget this fundamental truth: the State has no source of money other than money which people earn themselves. If the State wishes to spend more it can do so only by borrowing your savings or by taxing you more. It is no good thinking that someone else will pay—that “someone else” is you. There is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers’ money.”

    “To cure the British disease with socialism is like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.” and “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”

    “where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope.”

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

    “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.”

    “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”

    “We must break out of restraint if we are to have a prosperous and successful future. We shall do this by providing a stable economic background so that expansion and growth will pay and be seen to pay. We shall do it by letting profits rise to a level which offers a real incentive to expand. We shall do it by ensuring that men and women who invest their savings in their own business, or in someone else’s business, can once more earn a reasonable return.”

  6. Don’t forget the Iron Lady thought Nelson Mandela was a terrorist while providing a safe haven for General Pinochet.

  7. Neftali

    Steverino – You are correct that Thatcher made mistakes by not forcing sanctions on South Africa for their apartheid policy. She was certainly wrong to label Mandela’s group as terrorists.

    However, according one of Nelson Mandela’s closest friends, Ahmed Kathrada, Thatcher played a role in saving the former South African President. Details in the link:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22069896

  8. Citizens of Chile celebrate her death and for good reason.

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