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It looks like the heroes of my youth are fading off into the sunset.  But the ideas of Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Margaret Thatcher will endure forever.

I could hardly improve upon the thousands of columns on the late PM but I honoured Baroness Thatcher by listening to this speech which could nearly today be given by UKIP’s Nigel Farage, waving the British flag at the Capitol Square as I prayed for several missionaries and Nazarene leaders I know in the UK, and reading about the Falklands victory (I shudder to think what our present President would do today) over the Argentine invasion in 1982.  Thatcher reported in her memoirs that the US was not has helpful as they could be.  But the class of my reading are these quotes from former MP Enoch Powell (Thanks to ConservativeHome for the quotes):

“Enoch Powell speaking in Parliament which was recalled to sit on a Saturday referred to the Russians calling you an Iron lady. In the next week or two this house, the nation and the Rt Hon Lady herself will learn of what metal she is made’… After Victory was declared Enoch Powell asked  the Prime Minister another question in Parliament: “Is the Rt Hon Lady aware that the report has been received from the public analyst on a certain substance recently subjected to analysis and that I have obtained a copy of the report. It shows that the substance under test consisted of ferrous mater of the highest quality and that it is of exceptional tensile strength, is highly resistant to wear and tear and to stress and may be used to advantage for all national purposes.” (emphasis added)


I do not know the deep wisdom of God.  But I do know this:  In 1978, a Polish cardinal was elected Pope (At the time, about the equivalent of a fifteenth seed basketball team making the Sweet Sixteen!), in 1979, a Tory leader was elected the first woman British MP, and in 1980, in a mild upset, Ronald Reagan defeated a incumbent Democrat President.  Thank God we have no more Soviet Union.  There are still fights to fight and today, the Tory Party that I still admire much has left me on the EU/Sovereignty issue and I would have to be a UKIP member.  But there was only one Margaret Thatcher and she was indeed as Enoch Powell put it:  Ferrous matter of the highest quality.  God bless her and her family!


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Clay Alward says:

    If we could find even one leader anywhere near the caliber we had in the 80s maybe we would not be in the mess we are now. I hope Cruz and Paul and the few others who have the courage to defend the constitution will retain their backbone and not sink into the ooze of the DC swamp as so many others have done.

    When I read Thatcher’s quote yesterday – “This lady is not for turning” – it made me very nostalgic for those times. I remember there were people then who foolishly thought we had liberalism (they didn’t say ‘progressive’ much then) on the run.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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