The world lost a great Conservative leader on April 8th. The passing of Margaret Thatcher is a sad moment but one that opens up a discussion about the amazing contributions that this woman made to her country and to the Conservative movement as a whole.
She was known as “The Iron Lady” and withstood criticism that came at her from all sides. When she made bold decisions she did not waver from her beliefs and when Margaret Thatcher looked at the big picture she saw a better future. She was truly a woman who was strong in every sense of the word and made tough decisions based on sound morals and principals that she felt were right for her country and its people.
Today as we look at the members of government in both Europe and the United States we see a glaring lack of fortitude and leadership. It seems like every move of today’s leaders is carefully calculated and based on political advantage and party superiority. It is rarely for the good of the people or their country. Much lip-service is given in speech after speech about “helping the people” and “building a strong country”, but that is all that it is, lip service. The words are hollow and empty, spoken over and over again to a world that isn’t buying it anymore.
So where is America’s next Margaret Thatcher? Where is the strong, powerful, but calm voice that will resonate with this country? Who is the person that will make people turn away from reality television and blaring music, even for a moment, and speak words that are clear and concise and hit home with every soul?
Is that even possible anymore? I think it is. A perfect example is Dr. Ben Carson who spoke so calmly and clearly at the National Prayer Breakfast. This is what we need; this is what the American people are begging for. Even the ones who don’t know it yet will take notice eventually, especially when they see their standard of living plummeting off of a cliff and watch as their Constitutional rights are being shredded.
Now that Congress is back in session and it looks as though the Senate is going to take up the gun control issue, maybe it is time for a new Margaret Thatcher to step up on the floor of the Senate. The buzz has already started about Rand Paul and Ted Cruz willing to hold another filibuster over this issue, but what about our four Republican women Senators? What about Deb Fischer (R.Neb.), Kelly Ayotte (R.NH), Lisa Merkowski (R.AK) or a longshot, Susan Collins (R.ME). Why don’t we have a strong woman stand toe to toe with Paul and Cruz and turn the Senate on its head? A bold move like that would garner the attention of the lamestream media and it would show that Republican women are a force to be reckoned with. It would rip the gun control issue right out of the Democrats hands to have a woman state the facts on the second amendment and the right to bear arms. Maybe one of them should take a page from a 15 year old girl’s speech on the second amendment when she made the case in her state.
Margaret Thatcher, we will miss you. But with your passing, your words will ring again and perhaps they will stir our representatives to action.