What kind of country are we when people rejoice that an old lady had a stroke and died?

Bridgesburning Chris King:

There is truth. There are politics. And seldom do they meet. There is recognition of our shame. And seldom do we speak of it. Thank you to those who are brave enough to speak.

Originally posted on Female Imagination:

thatcher-4-way_2529991bI didn’t much like my country last week because I saw a side to it that was ugly and coarse and cruel. Maggie Thatcher wasn’t even cold before the tsunami of hatred crashed through the plaudits like a poison riptide. “The Witch is dead”, “Rot in Hell”, “Rejoice, Thatcher is dead” said the vile banners, even though many of those brandishing them weren’t even alive when Thatcher was in power. How ironic that the people screaming she’d wrecked the country and wrecked their lives still had enough money to buy champagne to drink to her death, to shout that they hoped it was a painful and degrading one.

What kind of country are we when people rejoice that an old lady had a stroke and died?

Lady Thatcher’s death has brought the revellers joining Gerry Adams and George Galloway in applauding her death (the ultimate projection being Galloway accusing Thatcher…

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  1. Sylvester Y. Kelley
    May 14, 2013 @ 15:51:42

    We have a tradition — or maybe it’s a taboo — here in the West that one ought not to speak ill of the dead. But this needs to be treated with the proverbial grain of salt when it comes to politicians, even freshly dead ones, when the hagiography begins before they’re even planted in the ground.

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  2. Sebastian K. Griffith
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 07:31:00

    The anti-Thatcher people are little more than a contingent of uneducated thugs and malcontents who think the world owes them a living. Who knew there were so many people with an entitlement mentality on both sides of the Atlantic? Pretty pathetic because most of those protestors weren’t even born yet when Lady Thatcher was at 10 Downing Street. Well, I definitely remember the 1980s and for me seeing that “A” for anarchy reminds me of the Brixton riots, and I think of the neo-Nazi skinheads who disrupted Britain and attempted to impose their racist views on America. I also think of the British National Front who hates any racial minority, and the way they egged on the skinheads in their campaign of destruction. Margaret Thatcher was the antithesis of such disorder. Let them sing “Ding Dong” like a bunch of reactive adolescents. They only look foolish! As for me when I heard Margaret Thatcher had died, a different song came to my mind. It was a song from 1979 by the Atlanta Rhythm Section called Do It or Die. No, it’s not directly about Lady Thatcher, but I think the lyrics speak to the way she lived her public life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XN_pkXOlnAo Lady Margaret Thatcher. May her memory remain eternal…and it will, long after the words of haters are forgotten.

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  3. barb19
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 21:42:33

    Whatever we thought of her, good or bad, she deserves our respect in death; there is no need for the spiteful and disgusting behaviour that we are seeing about the Iron Lady. She will go down in history as a leader who stood her ground, no matter what.

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  4. Crowing Crone Joss
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 08:56:27

    I found the news articles and comments about her death, and life, very disheartening. And I can’t help but think that, had she been a man, this would not have happened. She was an amazing woman who changed the course of history. I’ve always admired and respected her, not because she was perfect, but because she stood in her truth. Her family and friends will greatly miss her.

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