No matter what you think of her politics and governing, Margaret Thatcher was one of the boldest, most impacting leaders of our time.
On the occasion of her death today, I have been refreshing my memory viewing clips. I was a young teen when she took office, but she was the British Prime Minister through the 80's right up until I went to college. My memory of her and American President Ronald Reagan is quite vivid. I didn't agree with some of her ideas and positions, nor with some of President Reagan's. Compared to what we are witnessing today, however, I would take them both back in a second.
It seems to me, and I acknowledge the tendency to romanticize such things, we have mostly politicians today, rather than statesmen and principled rulers. I can certainly think of a few elected officials who swim against the tide of personal power grabbing and special interest pandering, but for the most part the Margaret Thatchers of world governance, are gone. I hope I live long enough to see a few return.