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Palin: White House snub of Thatcher funeral also an insult to women

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 18, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday evening:

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A friend sent me a recap of this mornings beautiful funeral service for Margaret Thatcher. How fitting that they read from Ephesians 6:10-18 imploring us to put on “the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Certainly Margaret Thatcher wore such armor in her many battles.
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It is so very sad that in this sensitive time of needing to show respect for humanity in general and for “the good guys” in particular our White House did not even send an official envoy to her funeral. Salt in the wound is learning that Senator Menendez, who was recently in the news because of allegations of corruption and even possibly a prostitution scandal, gutted the Senate Resolution honoring Mrs. Thatcher’s world changing achievements. So very sad. Not only is this an insult to our British allies, it’s an insult to women.
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Margaret Thatcher admirably never styled herself as a woman leader. She regarded herself as simply a leader, and got the job done regardless of her sex. But the fact remains that she was the most important female leader of the 20th century and will be remembered as one of the most important leaders of all time. Where is the outrage from American feminists at the obvious official snub of this iconic woman who was one of our country’s most loyal allies? (I guess maybe the American sisterhood is too busy at the moment trying to enforce the media blackout of that Philadelphia mass-murderer’s trial for killing our youngest sisters in the womb.)
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Margaret Thatcher was the epitome of everything feminists claim they support – a self-made woman who rose to power on her own merits without the patronage of any man. It’s time these liberal hypocrites showed her and women in general the same respect conservatives have all along. It’s disgraceful that America’s politicians snubbed her achievements, as Mrs. Thatcher helped secure our own union while setting a mighty example for women around the world. Like all great leaders, she belongs to the ages now, and I trust that time will only burnish the Iron Lady’s shining legacy when all these petty slights are long forgotten.
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– Sarah Palin
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Andrew Malcolm at Investor’s Business Daily commented on Obama’s snub of the Thatcher funeral as well.

In one of those ceremonial pageants the Brits invented, former Prime Minister  and Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher’s funeral unfolded this morning on the old  streets of London to the sounds of the classical music she loved and the Bible  verses at a service in Sir Christopher Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

So great is the global appreciation and admiration for the Iron Lady who led  Great Britain from 1979-90, that some 2,000 dignitaries attended, including in  an historic breach of protocol Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

This was the first funeral of a former prime minister the monarch has  attended in nearly a half-century, since Sir Winston Churchill’s 1965 state  ceremonies. This despite unconfirmed reports of persistent tensions between the  two women.

Alas, in a sad slap at its closest ally in Europe, the American president  chose to send minimal representation to the funeral and no one ranking from  his administration.

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Thatcher lead Britain’s economy back into the free market and prosperity and  was a staunch American ally, especially during both terms of fellow conservative  President Reagan. Together, they helped bring about the collapse of the Soviet  Union, the Berlin Wall and the resurgence of their separate economies.

When President Reagan died in 2004, after a decade’s decline from  Alzheimer’s, the then-retired Thatcher traveled to Washington to pay her  respects to the president she called Ronnie as he lay in state at the U.S.  Capitol. She then attended the funeral service at the National Cathedral and  even accompanied Reagan’s body to California, where he was entombed at the  Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

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Among the many dignitaries attending today’s service were former prime  ministers John Major, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair along with Canadian leaders  Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney and several Middle Eastern leaders.

Cultural icons such as Michael Caine, David Frost, Richard Attenborough,  Shirley Bassey, Michael Crawford and Andrew Lloyd-Webber also attended, as did  10 staff members from the Ritz Hotel as a symbol of appreciation for their care  during Thatcher’s last weeks.

Henry Kissinger, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney attended as private U.S.  citizens.

President Obama has created his own reputation as anti-British through serial  snubs of its leaders and gifts. Whether there’s a connection between his obvious  feelings and Britain’s colonial rule of Kenya, the homeland of Obama’s absentee  father, is really irrelevant. It’s shown Obama as a petty, parochial pol, hardly  presidential.

The Democrat is often photographed with his feet atop the presidential desk,  a gift from Britain decades ago made from the timbers of a British man-of-war.

You may recall on his first day in the Oval Office, Obama ordered the gift  bust of Winston Churchill removed and returned to Britain. He famously gave  Brown a gift of American movie DVD’s, which won’t play on British machines. He’s  declined to appear jointly with some Brits and generously gave the queen an iPod  packed with recordings of his own speeches.

But Obama trumped himself this week by declining to send any representative  of his administration to the funeral of free-market advocate Thatcher. The  Chicago Democrat appointed instead two former secretaries of State in Republican  administrations–James Baker and George Schultz–and a staffer from the embassy  in London.

As our editorial page colleagues here pointed out,  that’s a lower-level delegation to our closest European ally than the group  Obama dispatched to last month’s funeral of anti-American demagogue Hugo Chavez  of Venezuela. Hmm.

Clearly, Obama has no time for such respectful things himself. He’s set a  strategy dinner tonight with Democrat senators.

While this excerpt focuses on the Obama snub, read more about the Thatcher funeral and procession in Malcolm’s excellent article here.

However, Obama’s snub did not deter the British people from honoring one of their greatest leaders.  Michael Deacon at The Telegraph wrote a moving report (with video of  the procession) about Lady Thatcher’s funeral and the response of  the British people lining the roadways.

It seemed to come out of nowhere. No one knew who’d started it – perhaps it was purely instinctual. But as the hearse came into view, the crowds found themselves breaking into applause – applause that followed the hearse all the way along the route, until it drew up at the church of St Clement Danes. Then, once the coffin had been loaded on to the gun carriage, and the horses moved off, the applause started again – and followed the procession all the way to St Paul’s.

Down the roads it spread and spread, gently rippling, a long impromptu chain of respect and appreciation.

The applause wasn’t rowdy; there were no whoops or whistles. It was steady, warm, dignified. But it was also, somehow, determined. At Ludgate Circus, protesters began to boo and jeer – only to find the rest of the crowd applauding all the more loudly to drown them out.

It has often been said that Baroness Thatcher appealed to the silent majority. They weren’t silent now.

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For each and every minute of the journey from St Clement Danes, a gun salute was fired. At last the procession came to a halt at St Paul’s. At 11am sharp, the 2,000 guests inside the cathedral – including the Queen, the Prime Minister, and Lady Thatcher’s children, Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher – rose as one. Lady Thatcher’s grandchildren – Michael, 24, and Amanda, 19 – walked ahead of the coffin.

Following the first hymn, He Who Would Valiant Be, Amanda Thatcher gave a reading, from Ephesians 6 10-18. How young she looked up there, tiny and alone. To begin with, her voice cracked and quavered – but she did not let the occasion, or the emotion, overcome her. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil,” she read, voice strengthening with every line. Her words echoed through the huge, booming silence.

The second reading came from David Cameron, John 14 1-6 (“I am the way, the truth and the life”). He read steadily and solemnly. His wife Samantha, wearing a pussy-bow blouse in tribute to Lady Thatcher, watched him from the pews.

The address was given by The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres. It was well judged, well written, well spoken. “After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy,” he said, “there is a great calm. The storm of conflicting opinions centres on the Mrs Thatcher who became a symbolic figure – even an ‘ism’. Today the remains of the real Margaret Hilda Thatcher are here at her funeral service. Lying here, she is one of us.”

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After the prayers, the choir in St Paul’s sang In Paradisum, from the Requiem Mass by Gabriel Fauré; then the congregation joined them for the patriotic hymn I Vow to Thee, My Country. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave the blessing. “Support us, O Lord, all the day long of this troublous life,” he intoned, “until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last.”

Finally, as the Queen looked on, the coffin was carried out of the cathedral by the bearer party.

Then, something remarkable. As the coffin was borne down the steps into the light of the day, the crowds outside gave three cheers. Like the applause that had followed the coffin on its journey to St Paul’s, the cheers were spontaneous.

As much as appreciation, they may have been an expression of relief – relief that a day that had been threatened by protest and violence had instead passed with dignity. A respectful procession followed by a moving service. No hysteria, no hyperbole. Of course there had been pomp and pageantry: the uniforms, the military bands, the towering grandeur of St Paul’s. But in its own way the occasion was understated – or as close to understated as a ceremonial funeral can be.

In late afternoon, when the hearse arrived at Mortlake Crematorium in south-west London, it was met, for one final time, with mourners’ quiet applause.

This was a day, in short, of tributes untarnished. A day when, to a far greater degree than expected, abuse was overcome by respect, violence by decency, and hatred by love.

Read more.

Amanda Thatcher from Texas, read Ephesians 6:10-18 at her grandmother’s funeral.  What an appropriate message.  It was befitting as a reminder of the battles that Lady Thatcher fought but also of the ongoing struggle between good and evil in our world today.

Video retrieved from Channel4News.

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From the article at Foreign Policy by Elias Groll:

Amanda now lives in Texas with her mother, stepfather, and brother Michael. She is reportedly deeply religious, has carried out missionary work in China, and attends the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Voted most likely to change the world” by her high school classmates, Amanda was a favorite of the Iron Lady. The former British prime minister reportedly kept a portrait of her two grandchildren on a mantle alongside a picture of Sir Denis, her beloved late husband. Maggie, the daughter of a fervent lay Methodist preacher, approved of Amanda’s turn toward evangelical Christianity, and she cherished her relationship with her granddaughter during her ailing later years. As the Guardian notes in its excellent profile of the young Thatchers, Amanda’s religiosity lined up nicely with Maggie’s hard-nosed political and social conservatism.

Poised, eloquent, the descendant of conservative royalty, evangelical Christian, and Texas-bred: It all seems to add up to a promising political future. She certainly hit it out of the park in her introduction to the world, and isn’t it pretty easy to picture a clip of Amanda’s speech at her grandmother’s funeral playing a role in a future campaign commercial?

The Republican Party could certainly do worse.

Read more.

A fitting legacy for the Iron Lady.

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