It is something of a shock, if not a surprise, to be living here in England listening to some of the unedited comments about Margaret Thatcher. Hatred lives long and deep in the hearts of those who feel that she destroyed their communities, their jobs, even entire industries. “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” is reaching number one in the song charts, and people are drinking champagne to celebrate her death.
I personally think Margaret Thatcher saved Britain from becoming a much poorer country, but I can understand and respect those who disagree with her policies. I can positively agree with those who feel that her methods sometimes seemed to lack compassion.
But she was a legitimate leader of the country, re-elected prime minister three times. The lack of restraint in relation to those who disagreed with her seem to me to show a lack of respect for the very political freedoms of Great Britain and of which she is so justly proud.
Besides that, Margaret Thatcher has been out of office for 23 years. She leaves children and grandchildren and many voters who benefited hugely from her policies. Many of the comments are cruel, mean, coarse, arrogant, and ignorant.
Not, of course, that we ever engage in behavior distantly resembling anything like that in the United States.
We’re a gun culture after all. Guns are much more effective than words.