She also shared Reagan's gift for turning a phrase. Among many reprinted in the British press: "For me, pragmatism is not enough. Nor is that fashionable word 'consensus.' . . . To me consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects..."
In a 1981 speech she said, "My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police."
True to her principles to the end, she requested that she not be given a state funeral with military flyovers. "It would be a waste of money," she reportedly said. Instead, Thatcher's ceremonial funeral will be conducted at St. Paul's Cathedral with Queen Elizabeth breaking protocol by attending her first funeral for a prime minister since Winston Churchill's nearly 50 years ago.
UK Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson wrote: "Lady Thatcher wasn't normal, but then neither was her achievement. She sacrificed family life and got the job done."
Not a bad epitaph.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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