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Posts Tagged ‘margaret thatcher’

Palin Pays Tribute to “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher (Updated)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 8, 2013

Sarah Palin has, on many occasions, let it be known that Margaret Thatcher was a leader that she looked up to.  In fact, as recently as last month, Palin invoked former Prime Minister Thatcher in her CPAC speech.

“If Mrs. Thatcher were with us here today, she would remind us, there’s a big difference between being pro-business and being pro-free market. On this there can be no mistaking where free market stands. It’s time for We the People to break up the cronyism and put a stake through the heart of too big to fail once and for all.”

At time of writing, Palin has posted three tributes to former Prime Minister Thatcher on her Facebook page.

First post:

We’re deeply saddened at the loss of Margaret Thatcher. While the Iron Lady is sadly gone, her iron will, her unfailing trust in what is right and just, and her lessons to all of us will live on forever. She was a trailblazer like no other. We lost an icon, but her legacy, as solid as iron, will live on in perpetuity.

– Sarah Palin

Second Post:

In this post Governor Palin reiterated the same message as above and included this photo:


Third Post:

Sarah Palin penned an additional tribute to Margaret Thatcher which was published at National Review Online:

“The Grocer’s Daughter:

Margaret Thatcher not only broke a glass ceiling; she broke a class ceiling.”


Today we say goodbye to a towering figure of the 20th century. With the passing of Margaret Thatcher, we’ve sadly lost the last living member of that great triumvirate that included Ronald Reagan and John Paul II — those giants who defeated the evil empire of Soviet Communism and allowed the liberation of its captive nations. We’ve also lost one of the great champions of economic freedom and democratic ideals.

Many will focus on the fact that Margaret Thatcher’s career was a collection of “firsts” for women — she was the first and youngest female Conservative-party member to stand for election, the first woman to hold the title Leader of the Opposition, and the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom.

But Thatcher not only broke a glass ceiling; she broke a class ceiling. She was a grocer’s daughter from the back of beyond who advanced to the height of power in a class-conscious society. Like her friend Ronald Reagan, she was an underestimated underdog and political outsider. Simon Jenkins, the former editor of the Evening Standard, once said, “There was no Thatcher group within the Tory Party. . . . She was utterly and completely on her own. She simply was an outsider in every way.”  More


Yesterday, Governor Palin added a 4th tribute to Margaret Thatcher on her Facebook page.  This video, “Not For Turning”, was released by ShePAC on April 8th. 

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What Does it Mean to Woman Up?

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 4, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Governor Palin recently tweeted a not-so-subtle message to President Obama in which she said it is “Time to #womanup and lead.” That, of course, begs the question, “What exactly does it mean to woman up?”

Who among us hasn’t looked at a particular woman, within our own families even, and seen something uniquely powerful about her? Even wrapped in her femininity, she towers above the hardships, the responsibilities, and certainly the pains she faces. In times of abundance, she spends wisely. In times of lack, she tightens the purse. She may be a housewife, a professional, a pregnant college student. Maybe she holds a household together, runs a business, or raises her children–sometimes with the help of a man and sometimes in less than ideal circumstances. Regardless, she’s had to woman up and lead.

Whether male or female, we can each come up with at least one woman we know who fits that description. We admire her tenacity, and we marvel at how she can take the bull by the horns, how she makes the tough decisions, how she commits to doing the right thing.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is credited with saying this about women and leadership:

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.

This isn’t an exercise in hyperbole. There’s definite truth in Thatcher’s observation. Women often manage a budget, feed a family, pay the bills, settle disputes, create a schedule, work a job, clean up other people’s messes, administer tough love, do five things at once, and still look good. This takes nothing away from a man. Certainly, we each know men who stand tall and work hard. I honor them, for I despise male emasculation almost as much as anything. But in my years of life, in my experience, I’ve found that women possess an inner strength that is second to none. We ladies know it, and secure men who know and respect us will admit it, too.

Governor Palin, as a wife, mother of five, first female governor of the state of Alaska, member of Feminists for Life, first female GOP vice presidential nominee, and, I feel confident, a soon-to-be declared 2012 presidential candidate, knows a thing or two about what it means to woman up.

Before I go further, let me make it clear that my desire to see a Palin presidential candidacy is driven not by her gender. Rather, it’s driven by clear evidence that she is the best person for the job. In other words, she’s my candidate of choice not because, as a woman, I simply want to see a fellow sister in that role. In fact, I find it hypocritical that some of the people who support Governor Palin simply because she’s a woman criticize Black people who support President Obama simply because he’s Black. Some people think their gender enthusiasm is somehow okay, while the race enthusiasm is unacceptable. The bottom line is people have their own reasons for getting excited about various candidates. However, wisdom dictates that our chief desire be to see someone in the White House who has the experience, common sense, and intestinal fortitude to do the job, whether it’s a sister or a brothah.

Governor Palin’s twenty years of public service have given her a resume that is both impressive and historic. Her background as a small business owner grants her an understanding of job creation. Her tenure as a mayor helped business boom in her hometown. Her expertise in energy ushered in the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history. And her role as Governor revealed her to be a true fiscal conservative–not when there was no money to spend, but when there was a surplus. Her credentials are indisputable irrespective of gender. Having said that, I submit that being a woman only serves to further qualify her for the most important job in the world. Her ability to woman up, so to speak, only adds to what she already offers the American people.

I draw a lot from my previous experience as a girls’ varsity basketball coach. It afforded me the opportunity to see up close the indomitable spirit possessed by women. Females still find themselves competing without receiving the respect, perks, and roaring applause their male counterparts enjoy. Advancements have been made, yes; however, for the most part, we participate, not out of a thirst for accolades, but out of sheer love for the game. We show up night after night and sacrifice our self-interests for the interests of the team. The ultimate goal is shared victory. While coaching girls is no easy task and presents a set of challenges not present in coaching boys, it also presents unique joys. Exceptions exist, of course, but women tend to be driven to compete because we deem the goal worth the effort. We prove this repeatedly when the applause is not forthcoming, the stands not full, and the big-time contracts not offered. To woman up, therefore, means to leave it all out on the floor, even when it costs you–because you’re driven by heart above all.

Now, think about childbearing. Have you ever wondered why God entrusted women, not men, with this? It’s a painful process, and if women were as weak as some men allege, surely He would have given that responsibility to men. Instead, in His infinite wisdom, He ordained that women would have that task. A simple Google search would reveal a plethora of quotations and jokes about how things would be different if men had to have babies. Some say humans would have long ago become extinct, and even Princess Diana is quoted as saying they’d only manage having one child each. The consensus of opinion seems to be that it takes a woman to tackle what is required to bring life into the world. This sentiment speaks to a woman’s ability to patiently endure the months of waiting, handle the pain of labor, and push–literally–through the resistance to bring forth the life she carries within her. Amazingly, despite all the pain involved, most mothers give birth to multiple children over time, so women are obviously not deterred by the task, even knowing it won’t be easy. I still remember my friend’s husband who, after witnessing the birth of their first child, said he had a newfound respect for women. They now have four. Indeed, to woman up means to not shirk the tough, grueling, and downright painful aspects of life. It involves possessing both the vision to see beyond the now to what is ahead and the courage to go for it.

Throughout history, women have demonstrated an ability to lead, not allowing the looming dangers to hinder them. Remember Harriet Tubman, a conductor of the Underground Railroad, abolitionist, Union spy during the Civil War, first woman to lead an armed assault during the war, women’s suffragist, and nurse. Commonly called the Moses of her People, she exemplified a passion that guided her actions and fortified her through what can only be described as about as close to hell as one can get. She deemed freedom worth the risks and sacrifices she faced. Having secured her own freedom, she made several trips back to the South to free others. Who would have blamed her if she had faded into obscurity and lived her own life, free of the pressures and life-threatening challenges she encountered each time? But nay. She put the “woman” in woman up. Interestingly enough, if Tubman–a Republican, of course–lived during our time, she would, no doubt, be called a sell-out, a terrorist, and a hostage taker. Her motives would be questioned, and surely she’d be labeled a media whore by those who don’t appreciate people who stand on principle.

Governor Palin has had everything thrown at her for simply taking on the task of serving the country she loves. She has often praised other women who have not fully shattered the glass ceiling but have managed to put some cracks in it. The onslaught of sexist, elitist, and revisionist attacks waged against her would have destoyed a much weaker vessel long ago. But she has chosen to woman up and remain in the fight.

Governor Palin epitomizes what it means to woman up and lead. Like that female athlete, she shows up night after night, sacrifices her own self-interests, and puts it all out there for the benefit of the team–for America. Even without a title, she has led on every major issue we’ve been facing. Like the woman entrusted with bringing life into the world, she is willing to be stretched, to push, to endure the current pain for the sake of future generations. It’s an uncomfortable process, but one she’s deemed worthwhile. Like Harriet Tubman, she refuses to sit back and do nothing when liberty is on the line. There’s a price to be paid so that our children and grandchildren can live and breathe free, and she’s paying that price. Unyieldingly, she takes a stand–hardships and all–with an army of people following, many of whom have found the courage, through her example, to take a stand as well.

Those who support Governor Palin are aware of her accomplishments. We know she has the executive experience to put this nation back on the right track. We trust her character, which has withstood scrutiny from every possible angle. And though she’s been leading on the national stage for three years already, we look forward to the day when she makes it official. Governor Palin is the only person in the field of candidates who has the complete package, and for that reason we continue to support her. Add to that the passion, courage, and strength often found in such abundant measure in women, and we’ve found the leader America needs at this crucial time in her history.

Governor Palin’s tweet was basically a challenge to President Obama to step it up, to lead as a qualified, disciplined, and principled woman would lead–as she herself leads. The problem is he simply doesn’t have it in him–not the experience, not the common sense, and not the ability, frankly, to “#womanup and lead.” Governor Palin, you’re going to have to take over from here. You’ve already been doing what you’ve asked the President to do, so we simply await your announcement to do so officially. A multitude of Americans are with you.

I am reminded of the famous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech by Sojourner Truth, another strong woman from whom we can draw inspiration. She delivered this at the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. A portion of her speech reads:

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!

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Nile Gardiner: Margaret Thatcher did not ‘snub’ Sarah Palin

Posted by joshpainter on June 14, 2011

– by Josh Painter
Following claims by the UK’s very left wing paper, The Guardian, that Marget Thatcher had “snubbed” Sarah Palin, Nile Gardiner decided to investigate the matter personally. Few are better qualified for such an inquiry, because Gardiner served the former British Prime Minister as a foreign policy researcher and advisor. He assisted her as she wrote Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World, and in 2006, Gardiner was appointed director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, a position he still holds:

It all began with a blog post in The Guardian claiming the former prime minister had refused to meet with Mrs. Palin on her upcoming visit to London, on the grounds that she was “unworthy of an audience”, and quoting an anonymous “ally” of Lady Thatcher.


I have spoken to Lady Thatcher’s Private Office regarding the story, and they confirm that the attack on Sarah Palin definitely did not come from her office, and in no way reflects her views. As a former aide to Margaret Thatcher myself, I can attest that this kind of thinking is entirely alien to her, and that such remarks would never be made by her office. She has always warmly welcomed like-minded figures in the United States, and has in the past met with numerous US presidential candidates and political dignitaries when they have visited London. But at the age of 85 she is now able to receive very few visitors at all.


As we reported here Saturday, Christopher Collins of the The Thatcher Foundation has also debunked the Guardian’s lies. There was never any snub of Sarah Palin by Lady Thatcher’s office, as Nile Gardiner confirms. But there was a vile and vain smear attempt made on Sarah Palin by the British left, who have proven that they are at least as nasty and mendacious as their American comrades.

Cross-posted from Texans for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Flashback: John O’Sullivan: Conservative Snobs Are Wrong About Sarah Palin

Posted by Gary P Jackson on March 9, 2011

Jolly, rib-tickling stuff. But, as it happens, I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common.

~ John O’Sullivan, former special advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

By Gary P Jackson

As the Republican elites continue to trash talk, I thought now was a great time to look back at a piece written by John O’Sullivan for the Wall Street Journal in December of 2008:

Being listed in fourth place for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” as Sarah Palin was for 2008, sounds a little like being awarded the Order of Purity (Fourth Class). But it testifies to something important.

Though regularly pronounced sick, dying, dead, cremated and scattered at sea, Mrs. Palin is still amazingly around. She has survived more media assassination attempts than Fidel Castro has survived real ones (Cuban official figure: 638). In her case, one particular method of assassination is especially popular — namely, the desperate assertion that, in addition to her other handicaps, she is “no Margaret Thatcher.

Very few express this view in a calm or considered manner. Some employ profanity. Most claim to be conservative admirers of Mrs. Thatcher. Others admit they had always disliked the former British prime minister until someone compared her to “Sarracuda” — at which point they suddenly realized Mrs. Thatcher must have been absolutely brilliant (at least by comparison).

Inevitably, Lloyd Bentsen’s famous put-down of Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice-presidential debate is resurrected, such as by Paul Waugh (in the London Evening Standard) and Marie Cocco (in the Washington Post): “Newsflash! Governor, You’re No Maggie Thatcher,” sneered Mr. Waugh. Added Ms. Coco, “now we know Sarah Palin is no Margaret Thatcher — and no Dan Quayle either!

Jolly, rib-tickling stuff. But, as it happens, I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common.

[ …. ]

Mrs. Palin had four big occasions in the late, doomed Republican campaign: her introduction by John McCain in Ohio, her speech at the GOP convention, her vice-presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden, and her appearance on Saturday Night Live. With minimal preparation, she rose to all four of them. That’s the mark of a star.

If conservative intellectuals, Republican operatives and McCain “handlers” can’t see it, then so much the worse for them.

John O’Sullivan is executive editor of Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty in Prague, and a former special adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His book, “The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister” (Regnery) is available in hardcover and paperback.

You can read the rest of the article here.

It seems the Brits have a better nose for what makes America great than do the GOP elites, as British Historian Paul Johnson recently told the Wall Street Journal:

I like that lady—Sarah Palin. She’s great. I like the cut of her jib.

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British Historian Paul Johnson: “I like that lady—Sarah Palin. She’s great. I like the cut of her jib.”

Posted by Gary P Jackson on March 9, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

Brian M Carney recently interviewed eminent British historian Paul Johnson for the Wall Street Journal. Among other things, Johnson talks about the tea party movement and Sarah Palin.

Pessimists, he points out, have been predicting America’s decline “since the 18th century.” But whenever things are looking bad, America “suddenly produces these wonderful things—like the tea party movement. That’s cheered me up no end. Because it’s done more for women in politics than anything else—all the feminists? Nuts! It’s brought a lot of very clever and quite young women into mainstream politics and got them elected. A very good little movement, that. I like it.

Then he deepens his voice for effect and adds: “And I like that lady—Sarah Palin. She’s great. I like the cut of her jib.

The former governor of Alaska, he says, “is in the good tradition of America, which this awful political correctness business goes against.” Plus: “She’s got courage. That’s very important in politics. You can have all the right ideas and the ability to express them. But if you haven’t got guts, if you haven’t got courage the way Margaret Thatcher had courage—and [Ronald] Reagan, come to think of it. Your last president had courage too—if you haven’t got courage, all the other virtues are no good at all. It’s the central virtue.”

Read the entire interview here.

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The Arctic Fox And The Iron Lady …. Sarah Palin To Visit Margaret Thatcher?

Posted by Gary P Jackson on June 14, 2010

But, as it happens, I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common.

~ John O’Sullivan

According to a report by the notoriously left wing UK Mail Online, Sarah Palin will visit Margaret Thatcher in the near future. They report this like it is some sort of photo op, the kind of thing that only a shallow person, like say, Barack Obama, would try and pull off.

In reality, if this meeting happens, it will be the event of a lifetime for all of those involved. Think about it, along with the great Ronald Reagan, Maggie Thatcher was part of the conservative leadership that won the Cold War. Like Reagan, Thatcher understood the meaning of “peace through strength.” as does Sarah Palin.

Simply put, Reagan and Thatcher strengthened both of our countries’ militaries to the point that the Soviet Union just couldn’t keep up, and ultimately sought a peaceful end to the nearly 50 year stand-off between Freedom and communism, between Liberty and oppression.

Sadly, no one can sit down with Ronald Reagan and learn from him, but the opportunity to sit and visit with Mrs. Thatcher, and discuss those amazing times is an opportunity of a lifetime that no one could pass up.

Since Sarah Palin has come on the national scene, the comparisons to her and Margaret Thatcher have been inevitable. Both are strong Conservative women, with solid records of achievement. Back in December of 2008 John O’Sullivan, a long time aide to Mrs. Thatcher, wrote about this very comparison in the Wall Street Journal:

Conservative Snobs Are Wrong About Palin

I know Maggie Thatcher. The two women have a lot in common.


Being listed in fourth place for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” as Sarah Palin was for 2008, sounds a little like being awarded the Order of Purity (Fourth Class). But it testifies to something important.

Though regularly pronounced sick, dying, dead, cremated and scattered at sea, Mrs. Palin is still amazingly around. She has survived more media assassination attempts than Fidel Castro has survived real ones (Cuban official figure: 638). In her case, one particular method of assassination is especially popular — namely, the desperate assertion that, in addition to her other handicaps, she is “no Margaret Thatcher.”

Very few express this view in a calm or considered manner. Some employ profanity. Most claim to be conservative admirers of Mrs. Thatcher. Others admit they had always disliked the former British prime minister until someone compared her to “Sarracuda” — at which point they suddenly realized Mrs. Thatcher must have been absolutely brilliant (at least by comparison).

Inevitably, Lloyd Bentsen’s famous put-down of Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice-presidential debate is resurrected, such as by Paul Waugh (in the London Evening Standard) and Marie Cocco (in the Washington Post): “Newsflash! Governor, You’re No Maggie Thatcher,” sneered Mr. Waugh. Added Ms. Coco, “now we know Sarah Palin is no Margaret Thatcher — and no Dan Quayle either!

Jolly, rib-tickling stuff. But, as it happens, I know Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher is a friend of mine. And as a matter of fact, Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin have a great deal in common.

You can read all of John O’Sullivan’s essay here.

Interestingly, in September of ‘08, Janet Daley, writing in the decidedly more conservative UK Telegraph, compared the treatment Sarah was getting from the radical left in America, and some on the right, to the “spiteful treatment of Margaret Thatcher” which you can read here.

It would seem Marxist-progressives world wide have a long history of hating women who don’t tow their liberal party line.

Those snobs among the Republican elite and the “Good Old Boy Network” haven’t changed either. They still remain blissfully ignorant, and educated well beyond the level of their actual intelligence. It so happens that Stacy Drake has just published a brand new article on this very subject and takes these clueless GOP snobs to task. You can read Stacy’s Sarah Palin vs Snobbery here.

More thoughts on Sarah visiting Great Britain and possibly Israel come from an article Ted Belman wrote for the American Thinker back in May:

Sarah Palin Is On A Roll

Since resigning from her governorship last July, Sarah Palin hasn’t made a false move. This is surprising for someone who is more passionate than cautious and one reputed to be…well, you know, a dummy.

Her book tour went exceedingly well. She has received thousands of invitations to speak, notwithstanding her $100,000 price tag. She continues to raise huge sums of money for her sponsors and draw sellout crowds. Her policy announcements have been spot-on, whether delivered in her speeches, interviews, or Facebook posts.

Because of her charge of “death panels” to decry Obamacare, she more than anyone is responsible for the overwhelming majority now opposed to the law. Although Obama’s supporters denied such “death panels” at first, many experts now openly admit to them.

In foreign affairs, she coined the Obama Doctrine as “coddling your enemies and alienating your friends.” This characterization is now commonplace. Palin also decried Obama’s statement that the U.S. would not retaliate with nuclear weapons if it were attacked by WMDs and suggested that the U.S. was asking to be hit. Obama, in his non-response, replied with “I really have no response to that. The last I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues.” And “What I would say to them is, is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are comfortable with it, I’m probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin.” Palin came back, quick as a flash, sarcastically honoring “the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a community organizer, part-time senator, and full-time candidate.” Within hours, Obama was retracting his original statement.

Finally, Palin has come down squarely on the side of Israel, Israel’s right to expand, and a united Jerusalem. She fully supports Israel’s right to self-defense and said that we shouldn’t be second-guessing her. Such policies are the polar opposite of what Obama is pushing for, and the former enjoy the support of a large majority of Americans.

Palin’s energy policy of “Drill, Baby, Drill” and “all of the above” also has broad support. She was the first to attack Obama’s proposed drilling legislation that she characterized as “Stall, Baby, Stall.” This support is rapidly decreasing in the wake of the disastrous explosion or malfunction of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, which promises a looming environmental disaster for America’s southern coastline. But Palin is sticking to her guns, if you’ll pardon the expression. She didn’t retreat. She reloaded and reaffirmed her support for drilling despite the risks. Sarah Palin lived through the Exxon-Valdez disaster that devastated her home state of Alaska. As fate would have it, she was responsible for finally bringing Exxon to judgment when she was governor after a twenty-year battle. So she knows the devastation firsthand and will do everything she can to minimize the risk. But still, she wants to “Drill baby drill.”

[ …. ]

During the next six months, Palin will continue making speeches and supporting candidates of her choice. She will be coming out with a book on policy in the fall and will do another book signing tour. Then she will be off to Europe to visit with political leaders and stir up the people. I predict that huge crowds will embrace her and her message. No doubt, she will also visit Israel with her entire family, where they will be mobbed. It will be a media feeding frenzy.

A strong embrace in Europe and Israel will give her an enormous boost in America.

You can read more here.

We think this is an excellent plan. One simply cannot pass on the chance to visit with such an iconic figure as Maggie Thatcher, someone who absolutely changed the world for the better. As for Israel, Sarah has shown such strong support for our friends there, and most certainly is on the side of the Israelis as they struggle for survival against pretty much the rest of the world. Her visit would signal, that even though the Obama regime is siding with the terrorists of the world against Israel, the American people support Israel, and the Israeli people.

Nothing has been officially announced, and we have absolutely no idea when these trips to Great Britain, and possibly Israel may happen, but one thing about it, if there is an exchange of gifts, I doubt Sarah will be handing out iPods loaded with her speeches, or DVDs that aren’t formatted for their machines, …. like someone else we all know.

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Sarah Palin: Happy Birthday Margaret Thatcher

Posted by Ron Devito on October 13, 2009

Following is the complete transcript of Governor Palin’s birthday with to Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the UK:

I would like to extend warm birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher today. Baroness Thatcher continues to remain a role model to many people, particularly women, around the world. Her career is a collection of “firsts.” She was the youngest female Conservative Party member to stand for election in history, she was the first woman to hold the title Leader of the Opposition, and she was the first woman to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

As Prime Minister, she took an active role in defending economic freedom and democratic ideals. Her push to privatize British industry and lower tax rates led to a substantial economic expansion in the United Kingdom. She was just as influential in foreign policy. Along with President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Prime Minister Thatcher recognized the evil of Communism and worked tirelessly to erode the power and influence of the Soviet Union (Palin, 2009, ¶2).

Her life and career serve as a blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the “status quo.” She started life as a grocer’s daughter from Grantham and rose to become Prime Minister – all by her own merit and hard work. I cherish the accomplishments of Margaret Thatcher and will always count her as one of my role models (Palin, 2009, ¶3).

– Sarah Palin


Governor Palin said everything that can be said. I will only add that Margaret Thatcher’s life in relation to Governor Palin’s is rather providential, and I am firmly convinced that history is repeating itself. The last glass ceiling will be smashed in the US, just as it was in the UK by a woman’s sonic boom.


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Sarah Palin Rocks Hong Kong

Posted by Gary P Jackson on September 24, 2009

As expected, Sarah Palin made a worldwide splash with her speech at the 16th Annual CLSA Investor’s Forum. According to CLSA’s website it was standing room only with over 1100 institutional fund managers and heads of leading Asian, Australian and US corporations.

Reports are Sarah received a lengthy standing ovation at the end of her speech. It’s also reported that a couple of whiny liberals left before she was finished., I guess they couldn’t handle the truth! They also wouldn’t go on the record. No guts, no glory!

In his introduction, CLSA Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Slone, quoted President Eisenhower on the responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society to debate issues that matter.

Following her remarks, Governor Palin responded to questions from CLSA’s clients.

You know how one knows this thing was a home run? The New York Times ran a fair story about Sarah’s speech without an ounce of snark! I imagine Maureen Dowd had a stroke!

From the New York Times:

HONG KONG — Sarah Palin, in what was billed as her first speech overseas, spoke on Wednesday to Asian bankers,investors and fund managers.

A number of people who heard the speech in a packed hotel ballroom, which was closed to the media, said Mrs. Palin spoke from notes for 90 minutes and that she was articulate, well-prepared and even compelling.

“The speech was wide-ranging, very balanced, and she beat all expectations,” said Doug A. Coulter, head of private equity in the Asia-Pacific region for LGT Capital Partners.

“She didn’t sound at all like a far-right-wing conservative. She seemed to be positioning herself as a libertarian or a small-c conservative,” he said, adding that she mentioned both Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. “She brought up both those names.”

Of course, the comparison’s of Sarah Palin to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher are inevitable We’ve done it ourselves. No less than Michael Reagan, son of the great Renaldus Magnus, has compared the two favorably as well, as he did in his piece: “Welcome Back Dad.”

Last December, writing in the Wall Street Journal, John O’Sullivan wrote a piece called “Conservative Snobs Are Wrong About Palin.” In his article, he compares Sarah favorable to Lady Thatcher, and cites Sarah’s executive experience as a major reason for why she will be successful on the larger stage. It should be noted that O’Sullivan was a special adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Now let’s be honest. Sarah Palin is not Ronald Reagan, or Maggie Thatcher. Sarah is her own person, with her own ideas, and her own brand of conservatism. But Reagan was a huge influence on her, and as Reagan and Thatcher really dominated the world stage in their day, I’m sure some of that interaction made an impression on a young Sarah Palin.

“Common sense conservatism” was a common theme from those that heard her speech.

Here’s the reason why everyone and their uncle compares Sarah Palin favorably to Ronald Reagan. Like Reagan, Sarah Palin is strong, and unwavering in her beliefs. She will tell you what she thinks, straight up, just like Reagan. And like Reagan, Sarah says what she means, and means what she says.

Sarah also articulates conservatism, real conservatism better than anyone out there today. This too is something she shares with Reagan, along with an unabashed love for America, and an unbridled optimism. Reagan’s optimism was key to his success. Reagan, like Sarah, was a realist, he knew we had issues, but at the end of the day, He knew America had it in her to shine. You hear that same spirit in Sarah Palin every time she speaks.

So fairly, or unfairly, this is why the two are always compared, and compared favorable. As a recent Rasmussen poll pointed out, “being like Ronald Reagan” is the only positive political description that voters care about. It’s the gold standard that all conservatives are judged by.

More from the Times:

Cameron Sinclair, another speaker at the event, said Mrs. Palin emphasized the need for a grassroots rebirth of the Republican Party driven by party leaders outside Washington.

A number of attendees thought Mrs. Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, was using the speech to begin to broaden her foreign policy credentials before making a run for the presidency in 2012.

“She’s definitely a serious future presidential candidate, and I understand why she plays so well in middle America,” said Mr. Coulter, a Canadian.

And this from a New Yorker and an Obama supporter who attended:

Melvin Goodé, a regional marketing consultant, thought Mrs. Palin chose Hong Kong because, he said, it was “a place where things happen and where freedom can be expanded upon.”

“It’s not Beijing or Shanghai,” said Mr. Goodé . “She also mentioned Tibet, Burma and North Korea in the same breath as places where China should be more sensitive and careful about how people are treated. She said it on a human-rights level.”

Mr. Goodé, an African-American who said he did some campaign polling for President Obama, said Mrs. Palin mentioned President Obama three times on Wednesday.

“And there was nothing derogatory in it, no sleight of hand, and believe me, I was listening for that,” he said, adding that Mrs. Palin referred to Mr. Obama as “our president,” with the emphasis on “our.”

Mr. Goodé, a New Yorker who said he would never vote for Mrs. Palin, said she acquitted herself well.

“She was articulate and she held her own. I give her credit. They’ve tried to categorize her as not being bright. She’s bright.”

Appearing Wednesday night “On The Record” with Greta Van Susteren, Wall Street Journal’s Asia page editor Mary Kissel, who was in Hong Kong, told Greta that Sarah’s appearance generated the most interest in the forum’s 16 year history. That the media even followed her to the airport as she was leaving the country.

Speaking of which, the Wall Street Journal, had this to say:

The former vice presidential candidate understands Beijing better than the Obama Administration does.

The Journal added:

Sarah Palin was pounded by the media as a foreign-policy novice during last year’s presidential campaign. But when it comes to the U.S. approach toward China, she has ideas worth listening to.

“Twenty years ago, many believed that as China liberalized its economy, greater political freedom would naturally follow,” the former Alaska governor and Republican nominee for the vice presidency told a Hong Kong audience yesterday. “Unfortunately that has not come to pass.”

Mrs. Palin sees China’s authoritarian nature as a security concern for the U.S. and its allies in Asia-Pacific, and she has a point. North Korea, Burma and other rogue regimes couldn’t sustain themselves without Chinese support. Not to mention the hundreds of missiles Beijing has pointed at Taiwan and its navy’s increasingly muscular attitude in the South China Sea. “How many books and articles have been written about the dangers of India’s rise?” she asked.

The solution, she argues, is to encourage political change from within China—a movement that regained momentum last year with the launch of Charter 08, a democratic manifesto.

Such developments, she argued, are in everyone’s interest. “The more politically open and just China is, the more Chinese citizens of every ethnicity will settle disputes in courts rather than on the streets,” she said. The more open China is, “the less we will be concerned about its military buildup and intentions.”

Mrs. Palin also espoused the value of alliances with like-minded democratic countries in the region such as Japan, Australia and India. The U.S. “can, must and should” work with China to address issues of “mutual concern,” she said. “But we also need to work with our allies in addressing the uncertainties created by China’s rise.”

The Obama Administration could take a page from this book. So far, the White House has gone out of its way to downplay human rights in China and tiptoe around recent crackdowns in Tibet and Xinjiang, preferring to focus on hipper issues like climate change. This “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to Beijing does no favors to the Chinese people, much less to the West’s core interests in Asia. At the same time, America’s other alliances in the region have been largely ignored.

Mrs. Palin also made a timely call against trade protectionism—an issue that will be high on the U.S.-China agenda this week at the Group of 20 meeting in Pittsburgh. She spoke up for the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement, now stalled in the U.S. Congress. She also called the Obama Administration’s decision to slap a 35% duty on Chinese tires a “mistake,” while adding that China needed to respect intellectual property rights and “improve its rule of law.” Again, she made the connection with human-rights: “Our economic relationship will truly thrive when Chinese citizens and foreign corporations can hold the Chinese government accountable.”

Mrs. Palin’s speech will almost surely be dismissed by her critics as a scripted exercise. What we heard was a balanced and realistic view of China, founded on universal values that Westerners and Chinese alike can believe in.

Appearing on Sean Hannity’s “Great American Panel” Wednesday Night, famed Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz has this to say:

“Sarah Palin excites me. She stands for something.”

Holtz went on to expand on this, noting that Ronald Reagan’s successes came from standing for something, and that this recent tendency to “moderate” the message in an attempt to draw people in is a mistake. This echoes what we have been saying for a long time. Be who you are, true to your school. Reagan had the same conservative message for every single American.

People want someone who stands for something, believes in something. Those are the people we know we can trust. Those are the people we know will never, ever waver under pressure.

Sarah herself, recognizing folks wanted to hear a little bit of what she had to say in her address, released excerpts of her speech on her Facebook page, which we covered here.

Having read the excerpts from her speech, it’s simple to say this was some serious red meat, a nice, thick, grilled ribeye steak with garlic mashed potatoes and some veggies on the side, in fact! A good solid meal that was very filling.

It’s going to be a lot of fun watching Sarah Palin out there being Sarah Palin. For long time Palinistas, this is the Sarah Palin we liked before it was really cool to like Sarah Palin!

Airport photo courtesy Asia Media, Speech photos courtesy CLSA.

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