Iron Lady had Faith

Whatever you say, Margaret Thatcher had her faith and it was rooted. I didn’t know this much about it.

God and Mrs. Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul

National Review

“Economics is the method; the object is to change the soul.” So said Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady always believed that democratic capitalism involved the transformation of values as much as it did the improvement of Britain’s ailing GDP. Yet few people are aware that Thatcher was a woman of profound faith. She had been a lay Methodist preacher while a student at Oxford University. Later, she would transfer this missionary energy from the pulpit to the political podium. The solid Christian base for Margaret Thatcher’s politics goes back to her strict Methodist upbringing and, more specifically, to her father — greengrocer, councilor, and Wesleyan lay-preacher, Alf Roberts. As a child, Margaret Roberts would sit in the pews of Finkin Street Methodist Church in Grantham, listening to her father hammer home sermons on the individualized nature of faith, God-given free will, moral and fiscal restraint, and the Protestant work ethic. If one were sourcing the origins of Thatcher’s free-market ideology, one should not look to the pages of Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom or Milton Friedman’s monetarist theory, but in the sermons of her father.

As one of her chief aides Alfred Sherman correctly noted, Margaret Thatcher “was a woman of beliefs, not ideas.” In this, Sherman above all recognized that Christian values and convictions were central to Mrs. Thatcher’s DNA.
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Well, that’s just an extra reason for the Left to despise her, as if they need any more reason than politics. I ran into a liberal Christian woman not long after Thatcher’s funeral. We were having small talk on current events and I just mentioned Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. Just the mention her name almost caused her jaw to get dislodged. I watched her boil up just like a tea pot. “Oooh, I couldn’t stand her” she said. So much for not speaking ill of the dead. All I did was mention her name. The facial expressions said it all. “What about her,” she asked? I said “just the treatment she got in passing with a boycott and protests, kind of sad.” That look was still on her face as if she deserved it. I dropped it but it told me all I needed to know. I wondered what was so evil about her? Where was the respect for her as a woman achiever? That didn’t count for anything.

15 comments on “Iron Lady had Faith

  1. peppermintfarm says:

    She was an outstanding woman and Hillary could take a few lessons from her but since she’s a lib, I’m sure she hates her too. Instead we have the ungodly Hillary.

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  2. I like the Iron Lady. I see her as setting an example for those who worry about their country going in the wrong direction. She got involved and did her best at setting things straight (right) with her government.

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  3. Davetherave says:

    I think she was an amazing lady. Very strong Christian convictions, very conservative and was good friends with Reagan. That says a lot in my mind.

    She gained traction and popularity stating her beliefs that government had become too involved in the economy and folks personal lives. She attacked labor unions. I find that very insightful for someone that grew up and lived their entire life in the United Kingdom. She strongly believed in free market and free capitalism and she completely turned around their economy from near bankruptcy.

    Combining strong Christian beliefs with good conservative economic and social policies sounds like a winner to me. She sure made it work.

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    • Bullright says:

      Dave, so she did and didn’t need anyone to praise her, she just did it. They won’t have another like that in Britain for a long time, if their lucky enough to get one. Imagine having the liberats against you along with the media on everything. That’s what they do to conservatives. I don’t remember her crying about it like Barry at the first sign things aren’t going his way.

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      • Davetherave says:

        Bull, if anyone questions a woman can be a very strong and successful leader then I suggest they brush up their history! They desperately need to read up on Thatcher and Golda Meir.

        The commies have gone beyond belief attacking anyone with different views. Ya’ don’t agree with them then they attack you personally with no mercy. The liptards love praising the name of Sanger, but never hear them bring up Thatcher or Meir.

        Of course I’m a gun toting, bible thumping, southern, redneck, racist, woman hater, homophobe, so what do I know….

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      • Davetherave says:

        There’s a time and place for everything Bull. Hmm, except really can’t think of a good time or place for Barry and his ilk. Maybe hell and maybe any and all the time???

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        • Bullright says:

          Right Dave, I think Biblically it’s a season to everything. If there was one, his season is long past. But that’s the way it is with the libs, you think its over and done and it just comes back. (I see the Blubonic plague is back — sure we have antibiotics but it keeps coming) That’s probably how he was born as a throwback.



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