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Thatcher and Reagan: Why Do They Hate Them So?

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Mrs. Thatcher pretty much believed as Ronald Reagan believed: Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem. How many times did he say the most terrifying words he could imagine were, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”? Mrs. Thatcher had her own variation of this line. Ronald Reagan and Mrs. Thatcher got along swimmingly, and, come to think of it, Ronald Reagan and only Ronald Reagan shares a place with her in the bien-pensants’ pantheon of hated figures. Donald, your pathway to greatness is clearly marked. The hatred for Mrs. Thatcher — and President Reagan too — is quite startling to anyone familiar with what they achieved. I have come to love her.