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In the spring of 1979, in the wake of Britain's "Winter of
Discontent," Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party won a landslide
victory. The Iron Lady took the helm of a fading Britain,
the sick man of Europe as it had come to be known, but she refused to accept that
decay was inevitable and that the job of the British government was to manage
decline.
Britain, should believed, could do better.
THATCHER: "Some socialists seem to be
believe people should be numbers in a state computer.
We believe they should be individuals.
We're all unequal.
No one, thank heavens, is quite like anyone else, however much the socialists
may pretend otherwise.
And we believe that everyone has the right to be unequal.
But to us
every human being
is equally important."
NARRATOR: And while she had no shortage of critics,
SILLARS: "The Prime Minister is aware that I detest every single one of her domestic
policies, and I have never hidden
that fact."
THATCHER: "I think the Honorable Gentleman knows
that I have the same contempt for his socialist policies of that the the people
of east Europe, who have experienced them, have for theirs."
NARRATOR: She was secure in her faith that her conservative vision was right.
THATCHER: "One of the great
debates of our time
is about how much of your money should be spent by the state,
and how much you should keep to spend on your family.
If the state wishes to spend more,
it can do so only by borrowing your
savings, or by taxing you more.
And it's no good thinking someone else will pay.
That someone else is you."
NARRATOR: She knew what Ronald Reagan knew.
That free markets and a free people are the best defense against tyranny
and that peace comes through strength,
not accommodation.
THATCHER: "Mr. Speaker,
wars are not
caused by the
build-up of weapons.
They are caused when an aggressor
believes he can achieve his
objectives at an acceptable price."
NARRATOR: America now stands at a crossroads
One path leads to deficits, decreasing influence and decline.
The other
a renewed American dream
we all want.
THATCHER: "Mr. Chairman,
people want to live in peace,
real lasting peace.
The peace that comes
from independence of the state
and being able to run your own life,
spend your own money,
and make your own choices.
And, above all,
the peace of a country
which is properly defended
against any potential adversary."
NARRATOR: As we take stock of our choices, the legacy of Britain's Iron Lady
remains a steadfast guide.
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The Real Legacy of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Iron Lady

14563 Folder Collection
Zenn published on April 9, 2013
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