The Iron Lady, gone at 87

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The woman who successfully (albeit temporarily) fought England’s version of progressivism and brought economic prosperity back to England has passed away following a stroke. May she rest in peace.

From Fox News:

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died after suffering a stroke.

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Thatcher spokesperson Lord Bell said in a statement.

Thatcher, an outspoken woman known to many as "The Iron Lady,” was 87. She led Britain’s Conservatives to three election victories from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British prime minister since the early 19th century. Alongside former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher battled against communism and saw the Berlin Wall get torn down in 1989.

On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his trip to several European countries after the announcement of Thatcher’s death.

“We have lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton,” Cameron said in a statement.

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth was sad to hear the news of Thatcher’s passing, adding that she would be sending a private message of sympathy to the family today.

During 11 bruising years as prime minister, Thatcher transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets and infuriated European allies. She transferred large chunks of the economy from the state hands to private ownership.

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This truly is a sad day. When I look back at her legacy, understanding in context just how significant her time in office was as it pertained to fighting communism and other forms of big government, I can’t help but think that she was put in office, as the book of Esther states, “for such a time as this.”

I’d like to leave you with my favorite Margaret Thatcher moment ever: