One More Thing Re Mrs. Thatcher

by Michael Walsh

We tend to think that leaders like her, Ronald Reagan, et al. ought to be the norm — that if we could only find another Thatcher or Reagan we could regain control of our societies. But alas, such figures are the exceptions, especially in democracies, where the ability to get elected now appears to be the sole qualification to run for office, even high office. How else to explain the election, twice, of a man of mediocre accomplishment such as Barack Obama? Or the senators from — to pick a few at random — Washington, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Illinois? 

Wishing for another Thatcher or Reagan is not the answer. Hoping that another will come along is not a plan. Not strangling them in their cradles when they do finally appear is the key.