Margaret Thatcher on Freedom

"I am not a consensus politician. I am a conviction politician." - Margaret Thatcher upon her assumption of leadership over the Conservative Party in 1975.

"Consensus? Consensus is the negation of leadership!"

"Communism never sleeps, never changes its objectives; nor must we."

"When I'm out of politics I'm going to run a business, it'll be called rent-a-spine."

Lady Thatcher has left an indelible mark on virtually all areas of international policy. Her extraordinary political vision and self-confidence, as well as her profoundly nationalistic approach to foreign policy, have prompted comparisons with Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Elizabeth I and Victoria.

But Lady Thatcher's legacy extends much farther than Great Britain. Her resolve and moral courage have served as a catalyst for our own conservative revolution which is sweeping the United States. Many of our recent successes -- be it in welfare reform, tax relief or in balancing our budget -- are successes that just a generation ago seemed impossible. Lady Thatcher's leadership helped get us there.

Margaret Thatcher was born the daughter of a grocer in 1925, and went on to earn a degree in chemistry from Somerville College, Oxford, and a master of arts degree from the University of Oxford. She worked for several years as a research chemist and then as a barrister, specializing in tax law. Elected to the House of Commons in 1953, she held several ministerial appointments, including Minister of Education and Science from 1970-74. She was elected leader of the opposition Conservative Party in 1975. In 1979 she was elected prime minister, and served in that position -- winning re-election in 1983 and in 1987 -- until resigning in 1990. In 1992 she was elevated to the House of Lords, becoming Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.

Thatcher was the keynote speaker at a Hillsdale College seminar on February 19, 2001. She spoke of her work within the Conservative party in the 1950's to free Great Britain from the death grip of socialism.

Her comments and perspective are very interesting and pertinent to the current state of affairs within our own country. Her points were:

1. The methodology employed to free Great Britain from socialism. If you think a similar methodology would be effective for freeing the US from the death grip socialism has on our nation, then visit the Constitution Party web page for details.

2. The necessary foundation of morality to the survival of freedom.

3. The contrast of prosperity and value of human life between free countries and those ravaged by socialism and communism.

4. Her advocacy for strong national defense.

5. Her tribute to former President Ronald Reagan. She refers to him as "Ronnie."

Thatcher Speech

Note from reader:

Please to see you include one of the great leaders in the modern era namely Margaret Thatcher. I was proud to work for her in 1984/85 and found her truly inspirational, anyone requiring information about her feel free to contact me.  Arthur




Patrick L. Hurd
Weatherford, Texas

EST. 01/01/01