Remembering Baroness Thatcher

In my lifetime, I have witnessed only three cases of what I consider masterful governance: Ronald Reagan's presidency, Rudy Giuliani's mayoralty, and Margaret Thatcher's prime-ministership.  I have certainly witnessed other prominent historical figures -- great moral figures such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa, and Pope John Paul all come readily to mind here.  But for taking an unwieldy government, in the midst of crisis, in the face of massive resistance by rent-seeking special interests and ideologically opposed elites, and forcing major economic and social improvements in the body politic over which one has been given executive power, those three were peerless. In each of the three cases, the leader took office in a time when the citizens were discouraged, the economy desperate, and the social fabric frayed.  And in each case, the executive was able to turn the situation around. Margaret Thatcher is once again brought to mind by several recent...(Read Full Article)

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