“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 Iron Lady has left us. And we are sad.
An endless champion of right, independence, and principle, the world has rarely seen her equal. And I fear the possibility that we ever will again is very slim indeed.
"Consensus is the absence of leadership."
And that's the basic problem.
Madam Thatcher was never afraid to call out the opposition. She was never afraid to do what Rush called today, "push back." He cited her in her last address to the House of Commons as PM. An MP, one Simon Hughes, attempted to call her on the widening gap between the top and bottom 10 percents in the UK. She didn't humbly sit by and let the gentleman speak. She got in his face and challenged him with the truth of his own POV.
"…I think I must have hit the right nail on the head when I pointed out that the logic of those policies are they'd rather have the poor poorer. Once they start to talk about 'the gap,' they'd rather the gap was that, down there. That. Not there. But that. So long as the gap is smaller – so long as the gap is smaller – they'd rather have the poor poorer. You do not create wealth and opportunity that way. You do not create a property-owning democracy that way."
Rush went on to opine that there is no such leader in America today. There is no one willing to stand up and push back at their colleagues when the time comes to call them out. There is no one consistently defending conservatism.
Oh, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have their moments, but there's no consistency to their methods. They're still way too willing to compromise. Still too willing to work for consensus instead of standing for principle.
Where there is no leadership. Or balls. (Call it what you want – she had 'em.)
I read comments on other obituaries where many Brits are talking about the "misery" of the Thatcher years. I expect that's what some will choose to remember, because when one is adamantly opposed to something on an emotional level, it's difficult to see anything else. And in any case, when you're trying to drag an economy from "gimme gimme" socialism into "get it yourself, slug" capitalism, people are going to sulk and drag their feet and whine about how much they're suffering. It doesn't happen overnight, and someone's going to get hurt. I expect it's only the whiners posting. Or partying, celebrating her demise. Classy people of principle don't act that way.
Not that she'd have given a tuppence for their opinion in the first place. Which was part of what made her so grand.
Farewell, Mrs. Thatcher.