Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Thom Hartmann Show: Video: Margaret Thatcher & Ronald Reagan: "What You Need to Know": What Progressives Do Not Like About Thatcher/Reagan Conservatism

Thatcher & Reagan: What You Need to know - YouTube

I'm not a Conservative so I'm not going to say whether or not Margaret Thatcher was an ideal Conservative or not but to layout what I think and know about her. And Progressives hate which I do not think is too strong of a word and why Conservatives in America and Britain love her. And to know anything about Lady Thatcher you need to know what the situation in the United Kingdom was before. She became Prime Minsister of the United Kingdom and the situation was when she left.

When Maggie Thatcher became Prime Minister in 1979 Britain similar to the situation America was in economically in 1981. When Ronald Reagan came into power was in a huge mess. With high debt and deficits, with high unemployment, with so many Brits dependent on the Central Government for their. Economic well being, thats what the Socialists in the Labour Party left for the Conservatives when they took over in 1979. British-Socialism which at the time that Maggie Thatcher came into power in 1979 and has moderated since. Otherwise Tony Blair doesn't come into power in 1997 and even having to admit that some of the Conservative economic-policies worked as he was running for Prime Minister. But before that British-Socialism was almost completely about the state especially the welfare-state and what government. Could do for the people and actually take care of them and not about what the people could do for themselves. Even if they lacked the education to be able to take care of themselves. How can government empower people to be able to take care of themselves. Which became the Labour Party under Tony Blair.

The biggest reason why I believe that Progressives or Social-Democrats either in Britain or America. Do not like Maggie Thatcher, is because she and Ron Reagan helped transformed the at the time two largest. Social-Democrats parties in both countries and moved them away from their Socialist-policies. At least at the leadership level and with Maggie Thatcher from the Conservatives, produces Tony Blair of the. Labours and with Ron Reagan from the Republicans, produces Bill Clinton and later Barack Obama from the Democrats. Still waiting to see whether or not Bill Clinton and Barack Obama produce a Republican as President whose more mainstream and not so Statist on social-issues. But the book is not completely written about that yet. Because of Maggie and Ronnie, economic-Leftism became about government empowering people to take care of themselves and not empowering government to take. Care of the people.

Thats why Progressive/Social-Democrats whether they are in Britain or in America simply do not like either Maggie or Ronnie. Because before those two came to power in the West, welfare-state Socialism was the dominant economic-philosophy. And government was about what government can do for the people rather then what the people can do for themselves. And it forced Leftist-Parties in the West to rethink and reform their economic policies.