Why Margaret Thatcher Matters
Hearing Lady Thatcher speak (in person) while I was a college student changed my life. She was an eloquent advocate for freedom then, and her speech inspired me to read more about her amazing life. She, working with President Reagan and Pope John Paul II, changed the course of history.
In the words of Sally McNamara, "Margaret Thatcher proved that national decline is a choice, not an inevitability. A nation can choose to be one in retreat, or it can march forward to the beat of its own drum. In the same way that President Reagan made Americans once again believe in the shining city on the hill, Lady Thatcher gave Britain back its sense of greatness."
"The Iron Lady," the newly-released movie about Mrs. Thatcher, does not do her justice.
Still, Meryl Streep is a masterful actress, and in her article, "Jobs, Thatcher and the Force of Life," Peggy Noonan calls the movie the "unexpected cinematic gift of the year." It may be worth seeing.
The first video below is a fascinating four minute interview with Claire Berlinski about her book, "Why Margaret Thatcher Matters." Claire tells how Lady Thatcher rescued the British economy when they were in serious economic decline. The second video is a trailer from "The Iron Lady."
"The Iron Lady" Trailer
Click here to learn more: Margaret Thatcher's Legacy of Liberty
This link takes you to two wonderful videos.
The first is Mrs. Thatcher giving a special tribute to President Reagan for his funeral. This part of her speech lasts seven minutes. Her affectionate tribute to President Reagan reveals her courage and nobility as well as his.
The second video is an excellent 58 minute interview from C-SPAN. Mrs. Thatcher discusses her book, "The Downing Street Years," and the ten years she spent as prime minister of Great Britain.
These are videos worth watching with your older children, especially your daughters.
Mrs. Thatcher is a powerful role model for young people preparing to make a difference in the world!