originally appeared at The Libertarian Republic By R. Brownell
1. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end." -Thatcher
Far too often people tend to overreact, give up, or burn bridges when they aren't getting their way. Small battles or giant wars have something in common though, its understanding when the time to lay down fire is smart, and when it's just a waste of time. Thatcher's constant fight with the Unions was done in such a way that would have broken most leaders, yet persistence and clever political planning caused her opponents to break first.
2. Common Sense Solutions
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."
Far to often everyday, average people have to strive on past the complexity of their lives, finding simple solutions to fix sometimes major problems. Growing up in an average family and having a modest upbringing, Thatcher's everyday appeal to the electorate, and understanding of how to boil down the UK's issues made her the success she was.
3. Walks like a duck, looks like a duck
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." -Thatcher
We all know that person who talks about how awesome and better than everyone else he is, but the question should be "do your actions match your words?" Something to consider in this upcoming election will be whether or not the candidates making these amazing promises are credible, and whether or not their past record can shed light on the future of America.
4. Harsh Reality
"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."-Thatcher
Thatcher was a conservative voice when it was least popular to state the obvious truth. Still, because of her tact and her willingness to be unpopular, she was able to take England out of its darkest periods and save the nation from total economic collapse. She knew in her heart that the fiscally responsible virtues she held were ultimately true.
5. Marathon not a sprint
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -Thatcher
Thatcher was not an overnight success. She had to face several losses and set backs before becoming the Iron Lady we know her as today. Her tenacity in never backing down and always persevering, shows her willingness to never back down from a fight worth fighting.
6. The Iron Lady
"If it is once again one against forty-eight, then I am very sorry for the forty-eight." -Thatcher
Confidence is what draws people to role models such as Reagan or Thatcher, or Donald Trump.
Whether it was her outfits to the way she spoke and how she carried herself, Thatcher knew that since she was always in the spotlight, she had to project the confidence and manner needed to be the leader of British people.
#7. Free Market Economics FTW
All levels of income are better off than they were in 1979. But what the honorable member is saying is that he would rather the poor were poorer provided the rich were less rich. That way you will never create the wealth for better social services as we have. And what a policy. Yes. He would rather have the poor poorer provided the rich were less rich. That is the Liberal policy. Yes it came out. He didn’t intend it to but it did.
Opposition questioner: The Prime Minister is aware that I detest every single one of her domestic policies…
I think the honorable gentlemen knows that I have the same contempt for his Socialist policies as the people of East Europe who have experienced it (rest of sentence drowned out by cheers). 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 be [indicates an everything lower gap]. Not up here [indicates an everybody higher gap]. But that [indicates an everything lower gap]
So long as the gap is smaller, they’d rather have the poor poorer.
Watch the exchange here:
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