ACTION ITEM: Study the similarities in character between Baroness Margaret Thatcher and Governor Sarah Palin
In the spring of 2010, during my sophomore year of high school, I wrote a biography of Baroness Margaret Thatcher for my world history class. In writing my report, what surprised me the most about Margaret Thatcher was how human she seemed. When I think of politicians, particularly congressmen and presidents, what immediately comes to mind is the stark contrast between my life and theirs. To me, the idea of seeing a politician anywhere but on a television screen or the internet is strange, and the idea of having a conversation with one is stranger still.
However, in reading biographies about Margaret Thatcher for my research, not only did I get the impression that others found her very easy to interact with, but I remembered thinking that even I would probably be able to relate to her without (much) uneasiness or awkwardness if I ever met her. She struck me as a very down-to-earth person. And , so she was.
The daughter of a grocery store owner in Lincolnshire, Thatcher’s childhood was not particularly different than that of any other British girl. If someone who had never heard of her were to read all about her childhood, I imagine they last path they would expect her to have taken in her adulthood would be that of politics. Indeed, her main area of studies in college was chemistry, and she entered politics not of her own initiative, but at the urging of a friend.
These days, it seems as though many people are specifically bred to be politicians: they come from famous political families, they’re taught the inner workings of the political system from birth, and by the time they are of legal age to enter the world of politics, they have been flawlessly trained by their peers, and are ready to fill whichever political office was most recently vacated, likely by someone they grew up knowing. But Margaret Thatcher was something entirely different from the all too common career politician. She was a nobody who came out of nowhere, and she brought to the British government what it was lacking and what it so desperately needed: common sense.
Already, I suspect the similarities between Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin are becoming quite obvious: both were viewed as political outsiders, both were portrayed by the media as somewhat simple and uneducated, and both were (and, in the case of Palin, still are) supporters of smaller and more efficient government. In fact, the more one reads about these two intriguing women, the more startling and uncanny their similarities become.
Please encourage your readership to study more on Baroness Thatcher and Governor Palin and find these commonalities on their own.
(a Junior in High School)
HillBuzz Note: What books have you read on Margaret Thatcher that you think are important to gain a good picture of her…as well as to draw those similarities between Thatcher and Governor Palin?
Let’s make March “Baroness Margaret Thatcher Month” here at HB and do the hard study work on Thatcher that will allow us to create a solid body of material on her…which we will then have as a resource for the 2012 campaign.
I bet the Left will recycle a lot of the dusty old attacks on Thatcher and try to use them against the Governor too.
Let’s get ahead of that game, shall we?
Let’s stand behind America’s emerging “Iron Lady” of our own.
© 2011, Kevin DuJan. All rights reserved.
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