Remembering the Iron Lady

I grew up admiring Margaret Thatcher. She epitomized the kind of woman I wanted to be. Tough in the right areas, uncompromising on principle, courageous, able to take attacks from cowards and bullies and still keep going from strength to strength. She was also womanly in a way I liked. She was human, and no doubt had weaknesses that the public never saw, but remembering her life today, I’m thankful for her example. She was a woman of consequence who defended freedom at a critical time in history, and she did it with dignity and integrity, so often lacking in the conservative political world today. Iron Lady, I salute your memory today. This video made me smile. The Iron Lady at her finest.



8 thoughts on “Remembering the Iron Lady

  1. Lisa Green Kentala says:

    Interesting obit for Thatcher in Chicago Trib today with the headline calling her polarizing. Also today, the Trib devoted a huge amount of space – with accolades galore – to the funeral of Chicago film critic Roger Ebert – and guess what? Not one WORD about his extremely polarizing political writings in recent years.

  2. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    As Gomer Pyle would say, “Well, surprise, surprise, surprise!” The only figures in politics who aren’t polarizing are the ones who stand for nothing, which is most of the Republican party these days!

    I like this quote from Baroness Thatcher.

    ““If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

    I also loved this quote about the spiritual side of Margaret Thatcher from the article linked below.

    It was a speech to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1988, in which she outlined what she identified as the ‘distinctive marks of Christianity’ which ‘stem not from the social but from the spiritual side of our lives’. And perhaps in a swipe at those ‘meddlesome priests’ who were critical of some of her policies throughout the 1980s, she declared that ‘we must not profess the Christian faith and go to Church simply because we want social reforms and benefits or a better standard of behaviour; but because we accept the sanctity of life, the responsibility that comes with freedom and the supreme sacrifice of Christ’.

  3. Lori Glass says:

    Great post Ingrid.As a young woman I felt the same way about Margaret Thatcher. When Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were working together I felt that the world was a better and safer place to live in.

  4. Bridgette says:

    Hello Ingrid! I admired Thatcher’s tenure in politics also.
    I wrote an article about her in 2010: Margaret Hilda Thatcher was elected Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1979, and again in 1983 and 1989. During her reign she healed economic wounds caused by the policies of Edward Heath (Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974), vowed to end the culture of dependency created by entitlement programs, embraced free enterprise, held a hard-line against communism, and boosted British nationalism during the Falklands War.

    In her first term, Thatcher had a role in deceasing inflation of the Pound Sterling and enacted many policies to stimulate Britain’s economy. One of the most popular things she did was decrease the income tax rate in Britain from 98 percent to 40 percent for the top earners, 83 percent to 60 percent for the middle class, and 33 percent to 25 percent for low wage earners. Folks like Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney could stand to live in Britain then, and two million people who made next to nothing did not have to pay income taxes at all. Thatcher kept money in the pockets of her constituents by keeping less government hands out of them.

    Thatcher wanted British businesses to create jobs and flourish. She encouraged free enterprise by directing the privatization of under-performing government owned enterprises. She gave ordinary people the chance to buy stock in those companies, cementing the London Stock Exchange as the most powerful stock market in Europe.

    Thatcher’s toughness against communism during the Cold War signaled to the public that she would help in any way she could to prevent a nuclear holocaust; an assurance that must have meant much to the people of Britain who were mercilessly bombed by the German Luftwaffe in World War II. Thatcher was a formidable ally with Ronald Reagan, the President of the United States at the time. Together, they exerted considerable pressure on the Soviet Union to bring about the end of the Cold War.

    Thatcher’s success with the Falklands War campaign gave a much needed boost to British nationalism after the embarrassing Suez Crisis under Prime Minister Anthony Eden. The Falklands War showed that no matter where you were in the world, if you flew the flag of the British Commonwealth, you would be protected.

    Although Thatcher is probably second to Sir William Churchill as the most iconic British political leader in modern times, she was considered a controversial figure, and even survived an assassination attempt. However, absence makes the heart grow fonder. In recent years, publication after publication has evaluated her legacy, and in the words of a recent National Post article, deemed “Margaret Thatcher was right”.

  5. Teeky says:

    Well, we have our very own Magaret Thatcher of Christian radio – Ingrid Schlueter of course!! Keep fighting and standing for God’s word sis’

  6. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Well, thank you for your kind words, Margaret and Teeky. Thatcher was surely made of sterner stuff than I was. I took flak for many years, but there came a day when I realized the corrosive nature of non-stop attacks, so many personal ones and often from fellow Christians who had specific reasons for caricaturing me in ugly ways. Those attacks are always the worst. And when you are out there on the front line contending, you become easy to caricature. Because those hearing you for an hour on radio a few times a week don’t see you as a mother bathing toddlers and reading to your children or rocking a sick child at 2am, or helping a teen write a paper for school. They don’t see that inside you are not tough and so fearless. They don’t see your feminine side and the fact that you appreciate beautiful things in nature and in your home and that you love quiet and peace. That’s the hard part of doing issues blogging or radio.

    I’m glad I could/can lend a voice now and again for the Lord and for what is right and true, and I enjoy it. We can be strong women and still be feminine and loving.

  7. Teeky says:

    I KNOW IT’S HARD friend, but when we see HIS face it will all be worth it!!

    “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor 12:9

    Amen & Hallelujah!

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