Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Berlinski said in a telephone conversation with me earlier this week, to defeat Obama in 2012, the Republican nominee will have to be "capable of delivering the message. ... The business of American has always been business." The current administration is "destroying American values, creating people with bad character."

Berlinski believes that someone has to stand up and clearly communicate directly to the American people that the system is bad and that it creates a bad society. That person needs to articulate what it is to be an American, and why we must defend America's core values, why they are good values.

Thatcher had an unwavering confidence to do what she believed was right, an ability to transform situations by moving forward even as she ignored her critics. No one knows from where she got her belief that she had what it took to become prime minister.

And no one knows for sure where such a leader will come from to take up this mantle in the 2012 election.

I asked Berlinski about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's potential to pick up this mantle. Berlinski said Palin has "good instincts, is attractive and charismatic," but is not a potential heir to Thatcher because she does "not inspire confidence" required of a potential president.

So who does Berlinski think could potentially pick up the Thatcher mantle and articulate the importance of the moral imperative? "Right now ... Newt (Gingrich)," she said.

According to Berlinski, Thatcher must have looked around, noticed there was no one else who could do the job and determined that she had what it takes. She was right -- she took on socialism and turned the tide for her country.

Often cited as ignoring her critics and for not reading anything negative written about her personally, Thatcher allowed neither the media nor her opponents to distract her from her goal of standing up for what was right to save Britain.

It's to soon to tell. But it will be interesting to see if Berlinski is right about who can help Save America.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.