April 8, 2013 by Jan Stone
Death of Margaret Thatcher
Much of our country is extremely US-centric, as if there’s no awareness that we are amongst the youngest countries with the least experience. Subsequently, many U.S. citizens are skeptical of the concept of a female in top government positions. As Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher had more power than a U.S. President. And what she did with it was move the UK further from socialism to a more capitalistic society. She worked within her own government and with other world leaders. Ultimately, she did what most parents hope their offspring at least attempt to do when they grow up: make the world a better place for others.
I hope one day soon we are not celebrating the rare female who has been in power and used her innate compassion and intelligence for positive change. That we have Gender Equality Days, Black History Month and the like are a blight on our country. Man, woman, color, culture, sexual orientation—all irrelevant. We are equal. Any argument against it is flat out wrong.
Open your eyes, widen your lens, view a larger perspective with an open mind. Please. If we don’t start doing so soon, we will continue harming our country’s reputation rightly considered one full of bitterness, in-fighting, selfishness and stubbornness to an irrational degree.
It’s time we start revisiting the lessons of our childhood: play nice, it’s best to hold hands when you go out into the world, do unto others as you would have others do unto you, honesty is the best policy.
Rest in peace M. Thatcher. You’ve earned it.