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The Grocerís Daughter - Sarah Palin on Thatcher
National Review Online ^ | 8 April, 2013 | Sarah Palin

Posted on 04/08/2013 3:00:24 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy

Margaret Thatcher not only broke a glass ceiling; she broke a class ceiling.

Today we say goodbye to a towering figure of the 20th century. With the passing of Margaret Thatcher, we’ve sadly lost the last living member of that great triumvirate that included Ronald Reagan and John Paul II — those giants who defeated the evil empire of Soviet Communism and allowed the liberation of its captive nations. We’ve also lost one of the great champions of economic freedom and democratic ideals.

Many will focus on the fact that Margaret Thatcher’s career was a collection of “firsts” for women — she was the first and youngest female Conservative-party member to stand for election, the first woman to hold the title Leader of the Opposition, and the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom.

But Thatcher not only broke a glass ceiling; she broke a class ceiling. She was a grocer’s daughter from the back of beyond who advanced to the height of power in a class-conscious society. Like her friend Ronald Reagan, she was an underestimated underdog and political outsider. Simon Jenkins, the former editor of the Evening Standard, once said, “There was no Thatcher group within the Tory Party. . . . She was utterly and completely on her own. She simply was an outsider in every way.”

She was at heart a populist taking on the Conservative party’s old guard, who disdainfully referred to her as “That Woman.” The disdain was mutual. She referred to them as “the not so grand grandees.” As Thatcher later said, “It didn’t matter what they called me as long as I got the job done. I mean, to me they were ‘Those Grandees.’ They just don’t know what life is like. They haven’t been through it. And eventually if they didn’t help our cause, they had to go. But it didn’t bother me too much that they were patronizing like that. Frankly, the people, who are the true gentlemen, deal with others for what they are, not who their father was. Let’s face it: Maybe it took ‘That Woman’ to get things done, and the real reason why they said it was because they knew they just hadn’t got it within them to see things through.”

In taking on “Those Grandees,” she wasn’t afraid of having strong opinions and fighting for them — something the establishment often found distasteful. British ambassador Sir Anthony Parsons recalled a conversation about this: “She said, ‘You know, Tony, I’m very proud that I don’t belong to your class.’ I said, ‘Prime Minister, what class do you think I belong to?’ She said, ‘I’m talking of course about upper-middle-class intellectuals who see everybody else’s point of view and have none of their own.’” And, of course, like all conservatives and trailblazers, she had to endure more than her share of vicious media attacks. Sir Archie Hamilton once recounted how he asked Thatcher whether she read the daily newspapers. “‘Oh no!’ she replied, ‘They make such hurtful and damaging remarks about me and my family, that if I ever read the papers every day, I could never get on with the job I am here to do.’” I know exactly what she meant. And as she said, “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.”

Anyone witnessing her brilliant debating skills in the House of Commons can understand why her opponents were reduced to childish attacks. She passionately demolished all their arguments with facts.

Thatcher didn’t have powerful patronage. All she had were powerful ideas, ideas based on liberty. During a meeting about the Conservative party’s best course to take in the economic crisis of the 1970s, some so-called pragmatist was arguing in favor of a Third Way between free-market capitalism and socialism. Before he was even finished, Thatcher reached for her handbag, pulled out a copy of Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty, threw it on the table, and said, “This is what we believe in!”

She put those beliefs into action. Like Reagan, she was a leader for whom word and deed were one and the same. A leader of a conservative think tank behind the Thatcher revolution famously said, “We were not interested in political office for the Conservative party. We were interested in power for them to get things done.” And that’s exactly what Thatcher did. While others in her party were interested in holding on to political office and overseeing “the orderly management of [Britain’s] decline,” she actually radically reformed a broken system and brought it back to free-market principles, leaving her country stronger, wealthier, and a leader in the world when just a decade before it had been dismissed as “the sick man of Europe.” Her push to privatize British industry and lower tax rates led to a substantial economic expansion and became a model for other countries shrugging off the yoke of socialism.

She was a visionary always ahead of her time because her vision was rooted in time-tested truths about man’s fallibilities and aspirations. Today, in light of Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis, all observers can recognize the wisdom of her unflinching defense of national sovereignty and democratic accountability. I’m sure there are many Europeans today who wish their leaders were as prescient as Britain’s Thatcher in her skepticism of ceding control to a centralized continental bureaucracy.

She was above all a patriot who loved her “Land of Hope and Glory” with all her heart and believed in its greatness and its history as the “Mother of the Free.” As her current successor in 10 Downing Street said, “She didn’t just lead our country; she saved our country.” And she changed the world in the process.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britain; conservatism; conservatives; ladythatcher; margaretthatcher; obama; palin; sarahpalin; toryparty; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 04/08/2013 3:00:24 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy
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To: admin

Could you please change the authorship of this piece: It should say Sarah Palin, only.


2 posted on 04/08/2013 3:02:15 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Absolutely beautiful..thank you for sharing. Margaret Thatcher was such an inspirational human being..she lived her live embracing freedom and lived her life with elegance and class. RIP Lady Thatcher, you will never be forgotten


4 posted on 04/08/2013 3:05:08 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ScaniaBoy

And retards like Ann Coulter think Sarah needs lessons in English.


5 posted on 04/08/2013 3:06:08 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: ScaniaBoy; onyx; Abbeville Conservative; abigailsmybaby; afnamvet; alley cat; antceecee; ...
Margaret Thatcher was an Iron Lady, Sarah has a heart of Gold Ping!

If you are judged by your enemies, The Baroness had some good ones.

Just like Sarah.

Sarah has posted at least three articles on Facebook Book mourning Lady Thatcher's passing.

https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin


6 posted on 04/08/2013 3:06:12 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: ScaniaBoy

BTTT


7 posted on 04/08/2013 3:07:48 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama murdered the SEALs.They "were hung out to dry, basically exposed like a set of dog balls,...")
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To: Sirius Lee

Ann Coulter will never get over the fact that Sarah doesn’t support Chris Christie..thats what her hate is about..its not about “Proper English” or anything else, its that Sarah Palin doesn’t support Christie, who Coulter worships the ground his fat ass walks on


8 posted on 04/08/2013 3:10:53 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ScaniaBoy

Great tribute.

“She said, ‘I’m talking of course about upper-middle-class intellectuals who see everybody else’s point of view and have none of their own.’”

Like Reagan, Maggie understood the enemy, and a good turn of phrase.


9 posted on 04/08/2013 3:15:45 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: KC_Lion
Thatcher didn’t have powerful patronage. All she had were powerful ideas, ideas based on liberty. During a meeting about the Conservative party’s best course to take in the economic crisis of the 1970s, some so-called pragmatist was arguing in favor of a Third Way between free-market capitalism and socialism. Before he was even finished, Thatcher reached for her handbag, pulled out a copy of Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty, threw it on the table, and said, “This is what we believe in!”

Hardcore.

10 posted on 04/08/2013 3:16:25 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Sarah's article on National review says "BY SARAH PALIN" so why did you share her author name with Mary Beth??? It is NOT on the original article. Not nice at all.

Please admin can you make it true to the original article and remove Mary Beth - should be just "By Sarah Palin". Stay honest!!! Thanks.
11 posted on 04/08/2013 3:19:19 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: American Dream 246; admin

A mistake, and I have already asked the Admin (post#2) to change the authorship. But if you can help me to shout louder I’m grateful.

:-)


12 posted on 04/08/2013 3:22:24 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: American Dream 246

Im not the one that posted this article


13 posted on 04/08/2013 3:27:46 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ScaniaBoy

Done! Thank you So much admin :-)


14 posted on 04/08/2013 3:28:23 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: admin

THANKS!


15 posted on 04/08/2013 3:29:26 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Sorry about that Barracuda..I should have put “to all”. Sorry :-)


16 posted on 04/08/2013 3:29:27 PM PDT by American Dream 246 (Open your eyes. Freedom is not a one day fight. Enemies of Freedom are legion.)
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To: American Dream 246

Its all good no worries :-)


17 posted on 04/08/2013 3:29:48 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ScaniaBoy

...when speeches were given without being screened, or hyped, or tweaked by others. When it came with sincerity without a token payment or favor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpINZjU1lgw


18 posted on 04/08/2013 3:30:21 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ScaniaBoy

I was very, very sad to hear about Mrs. Thatcher’s death. It means the loss of one of our last living contacts to a very exciting time.


19 posted on 04/08/2013 3:31:00 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The economy is not a pie, but a bakery.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Ann Coulter will never get over the fact that Sarah doesn’t support Chris Christie..thats what her hate is about..its not about “Proper English” or anything else, its that Sarah Palin doesn’t support Christie, who Coulter worships the ground his fat ass walks on

Actually, I think it's more the Green-eyed monster of Jealousy rearing it's ugly head.

Ann realizes that Sarah Palin is the real deal, and because of her Political Whoredom, she can no longer be trusted and she is no longer the standard bearer of conservatism, but just another money-grubbing, power-grubbing political hack.

She sold her soul supporting Mitt "Progressive Liberal" Romney and Chris Christie and now she is on the outside.
20 posted on 04/08/2013 3:34:52 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: KC_Lion

RIP


21 posted on 04/08/2013 3:40:02 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Sarah Palin is always such a breath of fresh air.

Sarah Palin — 2016


22 posted on 04/08/2013 3:45:13 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: Doogle

Thanks for the link. Those speeches deserve a thread of their own.


23 posted on 04/08/2013 3:49:12 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Excellent piece by Sarah.

RIP, Lady Thatcher.


24 posted on 04/08/2013 3:49:55 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Beautiful tribute to the Lady of the past century from the Lady of this century, provided she’s given her chance.

Thank you so much for this wonderful posting.


25 posted on 04/08/2013 3:50:20 PM PDT by onyx
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To: All

Watch for a run on Thatcher biographies in the coming days. I downloaded one a while back and haven’t read it...looks like a good reason to do so now.


26 posted on 04/08/2013 3:54:03 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: KC_Lion
I'm not being superficial . Both Sarah Palin and Thather are great ladies and they are both for freedom and against socialism. but imo Sarah Palin is far better looking . and that is important in winning elections. Sarah Palin the world was yours in 2012, it still is, I hope you run, destiny calls. Sarah we need you to save the U.S.A from an evil that is the worst the world has seen, the coming evil , terrible socialism that is creeping up on America
27 posted on 04/08/2013 3:58:07 PM PDT by Democrat_media (Mary Landrieu voted for the UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: Democrat_media; onyx
Sarah can only help us. If the country is rotten, then we shouldn't look for a "Strongman/woman" to save us.

Sarah however does offer a solution and that is my Tag Line.

Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin

28 posted on 04/08/2013 4:03:31 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: onyx
Sarah's inner beauty shows through in her sincere appreciation of a great leader.

Go Sarah!


29 posted on 04/08/2013 4:06:22 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: ScaniaBoy

AWESOME...SARAH...YOUR MY HERO !!!!!!!!!!!


30 posted on 04/08/2013 4:09:10 PM PDT by fedupjohn (America...Designed by Geniuses...Now inhabited by Idiots..Palin 2016...)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Take that, Ann Coulter.


31 posted on 04/08/2013 4:19:57 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: fedupjohn

I would bet you that Ronnie has trained the angles with harps to play “ Maggie’s Back in Town” and he and the Angles will meet her at the pearly gates.


32 posted on 04/08/2013 4:21:28 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy,,, other times I just let her sleep.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Ann’s probably more catty because the “picture rule” for her is no longer in effect here, as opposed to Sarah.


33 posted on 04/08/2013 4:21:45 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: ScaniaBoy

within 10 years of leaving office, Blair sold their at least 50% of their gold reserves at near historic lows. (wiping out at progress made by Lady Thatcher and her conservative push)

progressives are a blight on anything they touch


34 posted on 04/08/2013 4:25:03 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: KC_Lion
I didn't mean it like that , her as a strong woman . I'm just trying to get her to run cause she'd be great and and as President she could communicate to the people how government is the problem.
35 posted on 04/08/2013 4:29:18 PM PDT by Democrat_media (Mary Landrieu voted for the UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: onyx; All
I would imagine I am the only one on FR who has a picture of herself with Margaret Thatcher.

I was one who was invited to Madame Tussaud’s House of Wax in London for a dinner party on the floor with the rulers of the world. There was the wax Margaret Thatcher that looked exactly like Thatcher. Everyone else was looking at the various Kings and Queens and Churchill and our presidents, etc. The only one that mattered to me was Thatcher - the honor of having my picture made standing by her was grand. I still have that picture.

Now, I will tell you those figures looked so alive, it bothered my dinner to eat in the middle of them standing there.

Yes, I stood by Margaret Thatcher and I can prove it with that picture.

36 posted on 04/08/2013 5:12:56 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Democrat_media
I agree 100% Democrat Media.

Though I am not sure if the people of this country Deserve Sarah.

Ubama is treated like a god and Sarah....didn't she say she could see China from her house or something?

37 posted on 04/08/2013 5:34:27 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Marcella
That is awesome Marcella!!

Glad to know what the Iron Lady was like in person :)

38 posted on 04/08/2013 5:35:26 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

“Glad to know what the Iron Lady was like in person :)”

She was gracious and didn’t mind our picture being taken together. I think she could tell we were both conservatives. :o)


39 posted on 04/08/2013 5:42:02 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

I’ll wager you are the only one!

God bless and keep you, dearest Marcella and God hold dear Baroness Lady Thatcher.


40 posted on 04/09/2013 9:06:36 AM PDT by onyx
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To: ScaniaBoy
“We were not interested in political office for the Conservative party. We were interested in power for them to get things done.”

Amen. One of the main problems with the GOP establishment is that it is interested in elective office for its own sake, and not for seeing it only as a means necessary to achieve certain ends.

41 posted on 04/09/2013 9:13:47 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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