Margaret Thatcher’s legacy

After some initial unpleasantness between us, Americans and Britons have enjoyed a deep friendship and an unshakeable alliance. Now, then, thoughtful people in this country join our cousins “across the pond” in mourning the death this past week of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Known as “The Iron Lady,” Thatcher helped lead her nation back from the brink of ruin due to misguided socialist policies. Prime minister from 1979-90, she left Great Britain’s economy stronger than when she ascended to power.

Thatcher “did not just lead our country. She saved our country,” said Prime Minister David Cameron.

Her personal bond with the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan was important to both countries. Both made it clear that if the other required support on the diplomatic – or military – stages, it would be there for the asking.

Few national leaders truly merit being described as “great.” Margaret Thatcher did. Her nation – and ours – are better because of her years of tough leadership to Great Britain at at time when that nation was in great need of a firm and steady prime minister.