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September 19, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Step up and follow Thatcher’s lead

During a period of time when England was experiencing a divided country similar to what we have in our country today, in 1976 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivered a speech titled “Britain Awake.”

I can see why Thatcher was known as the Iron Lady, as evidenced by the following part of that speech:

“There are moments in our history when we have to make a fundamental choice. This is one such moment, a moment when our choice will determine the life or death of our kind of society and the future of our children. Let’s ensure that our children will have cause to rejoice that we did not forsake their freedom.”

Is there any man or woman in this country, having Democratic, Republican or Independent political view, with the intestinal fortitude to espouse a similar view for our country?

Now is the time for that person to “man up” or “woman up” during this pivotal time in our nation’s history.

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  1. Leadership starts at the top and goes down and out. Not the other way around. Thatcher, Reagan, and Pope Blessed John Paul 11 are great examples of leaders in their era. If there is a vacuum of leadership at the top, as there is now, there are no leaders to be found around them. If there are leaders at the top, as there were with Reagan-Thatcher and Pope Blessed John Paul 11, they breed more leaders under them and around them.
    Carmine D

  2. President Reagan said in Berlin: Mr.Gorbachev, tear down this wall. And..it happened. Gorbachev even got religion as a result of President Reagan. That's leadership.

    Carmine D

  3. PS: This quote was not part of the prepared Reagan speech. It was spontaneous.

    CDF

  4. One can claim that we lack leadership, but it's just as likely that the problem is badly divided followers.

    We gerrymander Congressional districts to achieve a political result and construct a Senate where a majority may not rule and then wonder why only bad things happen?

  5. I think I'll stick with FDR and Truman as examples of effective leadership.

  6. CarmineD - "President Reagan said in Berlin: Mr.Gorbachev, tear down this wall. And..it happened."

    That is a ridiculous comment. The Soviet Union collapsed because they spent ten years fighting in Afghanistan which was a money pit draining their economy. The falling of the wall wasn't because of a mythological Reagan. If we continue occupying other countries the same will happen to us. The two wars we engaged in helped in tearing our economy to shreds and some of you ignore that fact.

  7. Future - "Obama is leading from behind in supporting Morsi in Eygpt."

    You support Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood?

  8. LastThroes - "According to right-wing loons, President Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim Marxist socialist community organizer who doesn't deserve the time of day,"

    You forgot the Antichrist that is implanting micro chips in people as "the sign of the beast".

  9. Margaret Thatcher has common ground with Ronald Reagan, it's called mythology. Much of what is attributed to both as being positive, was the beginning of decline in middle class economic stability in both countries.

  10. Future do you realize you contradict your own statements?

  11. Clarence, the majority of the American public would not understand a speech given in the contemporary British manner. Similarly, the British, Canadians and Australians cannot understand why so many people in this country listen to Rush Limbaugh.

    When Barack Obama visited Europe during the 2008 election campaign, 100,000 people would turn out at a stop to listen to him. When Mitt Romney visited Europe, the dignitaries of each country were kind enough to show up, albeit with some very sly comments.

    Where was the leadership in Romney? He was a dish towel when it came to using eloquence in his speeches, yet he came within 2.5 million votes of Obama out of ~122 million votes. The sorry fact is that about 50% of this country are too distracted or hyperactive to concentrate and understand a speech more than 2 minutes in length.

    Next time, try listening to Obama and what he has to say and then you will understand what a terrific speech sounds like.

  12. "President Reagan said in Berlin: Mr.Gorbachev, tear down this wall. And..it happened." "That is a ridiculous comment"

    It has the advantage of being factual, unlike yours.

    Carmine D

  13. Great letter. It's refreshing to see things on paper that make so much sense today in an era of lost leadership,and empty suits in our government.

  14. For those on both sides, here would be some great leadership:

    Instead of passing legislation to make possible giant solar arrays in the desert or other locations, which will make a few already wealthy people and companies wealthier still, the President or a member of Congress should propose that the government up the rebates for residential solar installations by 80 %.

    'Distributed' solar power, with millions of residential rooftop systems would allow America to use less fossil fuel, and cut energy bills while selling excess power back to the utility company power grid.

    Many of those of you on the right will say this is a terrible idea and another example of government intervention in the private market. The fact is that money that could be used for these rebates is instead being used to fund giant solar arrays in the desert and elsewhere, which will just add another giant player, unaccountable to us, to go along with existing utilities.

    Many of those of you on the left will like the idea of rebates, but if you'll note, along with Republicans on the right, your representatives on the left do not make a call for 'distributed' power and strongly call for greater rebates. No, they, like Senator Reid, instead support 'centralized' energy via giant solar arrays.

    I say this to once again illustrate the point that members of both parties DO NOT vote for what is best for US. Instead, they vote for the interests of the powerful, who DO NOT want 'distributed' solar power, where WE have control, but instead want the giant solar arrays in the desert and elsewhere, that WE will not control, but that will further enrich powerful players and give them power over this new energy source.

    People need to WAKE UP and see how corrupted our system has become and how both parties are neck deep in it and have no desire to change it.

    Just think how great it would be if through BIG rebates, you and I and many other Americans could afford to install a solar system where we used free solar energy to power our homes and could put any excess back into the grid to further reduce our costs for energy.

    There are places for government to do good and this is one of those but because of our corrupted system, 'distributed' solar energy is being short changed in favor of 'centralized' solar energy.... because that is what powerful entrenched interests want.

    Michael

  15. El_lobo,

    Of course you are surprised, since you generalize and throw me into a preconceived Republican box; one in which I do not neatly fit.

    Look, the fact that Harry Reid and many other Democrats are all on board for the big solar arrays, rather than distributed solar power via roof top units makes the point I often make.

    Powerful and entrenched interests (oil companies and other interests) simply trade support and money at re-election time in exchange for the support for 'concentrated' solar power in the hands of a few.

    Vote in more Democrats or Republicans and that doesn't change. Force changes in our corrupted legislative branch and the election process used for Congress and we could have 'distributed' solar energy and many other wonderful things.

    Republicans are simply 'wrong' on this issue and appear to be hypocrites when they speak of personal freedom and free enterprise and then don't support 'distributed' solar energy. Democrats are as bad or worse when they constantly claim to be for the 'little guy' but instead support the powerful, who want to 'own and control' solar energy and don't support 'distributed' solar energy.

    It's all about the nexis of money and being elected and or re-elected, my Progressive friend. Until we break that nexis, with public financing of campaigns and term limits, along with other changes, we will continue to get the best that powerful interests can 'buy' with all their money and influence.

    Michael

  16. "Yes, the "gipper" did say those very words, but he did not speak those works spontaneously. One of Ronnie's staff people suggested that line and it was added at the last minute..."

    Here's my source:

    "Chief speechwriter Anthony R. Dolan gives another account of the line's origins, however, attributing it directly to Reagan. In an article published in the Wall Street Journal in November 2009, Dolan gives a detailed account of how in an Oval Office meeting that was prior to Robinson's draft Reagan came up with the line on his own. He records vivid impressions of his own reaction and Robinson's at the time. This led to a friendly exchange of letters between Robinson and Dolan over their differing accounts, which the Wall Street Journal published."

    Carmine D

  17. Don't need to look it up: I know the meaning by heart..

    "Definition of SPONTANEOUS

    1: proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint."

    I'd say Reagan's usage of the now famous phrase meets the test.

    Carmine D

  18. El-Lobo,

    I give you credit for actually understanding the dynamics (which, as you point out, very few people do) and understanding the difficulty in electing anyone who will fight to change the system and then keeping them from being corrupted by the system once in office.

    I voted for Perot way back then because I had learned by that time that nobody in either main party would challenge the status quo.

    I am not naive in the least and I think you and I agree that the system will not be changed until enough Americans are living lives worse off then they ever thought they would. I'm not even sure that would be enough but I hope it is when it comes. We are heading there.

    All I can do is sound the alarm, try to educate and hope against all hope that someone comes along , like Lincoln for example, that, as Ted Kennedy said about his dead brother Bobby, '...he saw wrong and tried to right it...'. I was watching that night and turned the TV off just before the assassination. I really liked much of what I heard from Bobby.

    People like that don't come along often and we badly need one to come along now.

    Michael