Today marks one year since the passing of the Iron Lady-Margaret
Thatcher. Thatcher is best known for her strong conviction
and influential international leadership.
Thatcher's legacy is one that should be passed down to every
generation especially to young conservatives who wish to make a
difference in America and see the advancement of a free
society. She's a tremendous example because of her
courage-she was never afraid to speak up for her principles or her
beliefs, she never backed down. When she launched her
revolution she constantly faced adversity from the media where she
was mocked and ridiculed. Eventually her persistence paid off
and it was clear to the British people that she had a deep
understanding of the true heart of the British nation.
One of Thatcher's most admirable qualities was that she kept the
interests of the British people at heart; she never acted out of
personal interest. Today it is rare to find a leader who puts
the interests of their constituents above their own interests.
Her most defining quality was decisiveness, she knew what she
believed in and was never afraid to implement the right decisions
for her country. Contrast this to President Obama who appears
weak and feeble in his decision making especially when it comes to
foreign policy. It seems as though more and more of our
policy makers need focus groups to tell them what to do rather than
making their own decisions.
Most importantly, Thatcher was a deeply patriotic woman.
One of her most famous quotes was, "Constitutions have to be
written on hearts, not just paper." She truly embodied that
quote and lived for her country as well as for the sake of the
British people. Her deep love for her country can be seen in
every decision that she made. She truly believed in American
exceptionalism as well and saw her role as standing with the United
States on the world stage. Thatcher's personal and
professional partnership with President Reagan proved that she had
endless faith in America's leadership. She made it known to
the world that Britain would stand with the United States even if
she was vilified for doing so-believing that loyalty stood above
Lady Thatcher was truly an exceptional woman-one of unshakeable
faith, courage, and conviction. She had the ability to lead
and made some very historic decisions based upon her love for her
country. The strong leadership qualities that she possessed
need to be emulated and reflected on by our current officeholders
and policy makers today.
Ashley Pratte is the Spokeswoman for Young America's
As seen on Townhall.com