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Editorial: “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher passes on

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chances are, there was quite a reunion at the Pearly Gates Monday morning. The Iron Lady most likely was met by The Gipper and the once frail but tough-minded man in white, Pope John Paul II.

Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain, President Ronald Reagan of the United States and Pope John Paul II, Karol Jozef Wojtyla of Poland, formed the basis for the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics — the U.S.S.R.

That triumvirate of world leaders led the way for the fall of communism in many places.

Thatcher's  leadership and inspiration meant a lot in the fight against tyranny.

Margaret Thatcher was a grocer’s daughter who reversed “Great Britain’s path toward socialism and labor union domination, and helping to defeat international communism.” So said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday.

The Palmetto State’s first female governor said “Thatcher broke numerous barriers of class and gender, just by being who she was. Her determination and achievements will make her a towering historical figure for generations to come.”

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham also had high praise for Thatcher.

"Her foreign policy was clear eyed and firm. She, along with Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II stood up to communism, the great evil of their time, with an uncompromising conviction. They understood the ideology was evil and restricted the better nature of mankind.”

“… in my view the best way to pay homage to Margaret Thatcher is to follow on the path she laid out — trust in the people and stand up to evil when you find it.”

Thatcher and Reagan led their respective countries in the military and political arenas. Pope John Paul II in his unwavering opposition to evil led a spiritual and moral battle against communism.

Together, these three world leaders helped deliver a new birth of freedom to the world.

No doubt, the Iron Lady got some pretty powerful hugs as she joined the others at the Pearly Gates.

Thank you, Margaret Thatcher.

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