Friday, February 8, 2008

Til Death Do Us Part – The Thatchers

As America faces the possibility of the first woman president I find it humorous that the liberal press will say that conservatives would not vote for a woman. As a conservative I find this so way off the mark, I would gladly vote for the right woman. During the "Reagan years," Britian had a woman who held the office of Prime Minister for 11 years. Most conservative Americans would fully support a woman who has as strong a character and who yet retained her old-fashioned feminity.

Margaret Roberts was born in 1925 in a small town in Britain. During her early years, much of the time Margaret spent in the local Methodist church with her family. She won a place at Oxford studing chemistry. Because of her interest in politics, encouraged by her father, she was elected president of the student Conservative Association at Oxford. By her mid-20s she was elected for a Labour seat of Dartford.

Margaret Thatcher
She met her husband in Dartford. Denis Thatcher was running his family business. Margaret and Denis were married in 1951 and went on to have twins—a son and daughter—in 1953. Denis was the head of the household, it was his income that supported Margaret and their children. Margaret has said "he was a fund of shrewd advice and penetrating comment. And he very sensibly saved these for me rather than the outside world." She also credited him with her success, "I could never have been prime minister for more than eleven years without Denis by my side."

After more than 50 years of marriage Denis died in June 2003.

I love this quote from Margaret Thatcher: "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Margaret showed the world a woman could be both, strong and still a lady.

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