RMC Remembers Britain’s Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher

Republican Majority for Choice remembers Britain’s famous Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at the age of 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to become Prime Minister of Britain, and the first to head a major Western Democracy. A true champion of the real conservative principles of economic freedom and individual liberty, Mrs. Thatcher understood that personal responsibility and hard work were the keys to national prosperity. And she always worked hard.  From her start as a shopkeeper’s daughter, Mrs. Thatcher led the Conservative Party to three straight election victories, holding the office of Prime Minister longer than any other British Politician of the 20th century.

A close friend to America and President Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher was a conservative icon in her own right.  In foreign policy she fought to protect free-market democracies from outside aggression, and in domestic policy she defended personal choice. In a 1974 speech, Mrs. Thatcher said, ““Any set of social and economic arrangements which is not founded on the acceptance of individual responsibility will do nothing but harm… The basic ties of the family [are] at the heart of our society and are the very nursery of civic virtue. And it is on the family that we in government build our own policies for welfare, education and care… Intervention by the State must never become so great that it effectively removes personal responsibility.”

As Prime Minister, Thatcher voted in favor of legalizing abortion, increased funding to combat breast cancer and cervical cancer, and cracked down on flimsy rape sentencing guidelines. Under her guiding hand, the numbers of women at work and in universities grew aggressively. During this current period of stalled partisan politics, RMC remembers a great conservative who stood by her principles and led by example.

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