Margaret Thatcher’s Passing and the Hateful Spirit of the Left

Margaret+ThatcherSince former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away last week, small pockets of leftists have been figuratively spitting on her memory. You’ve probably seen the stories of their juvenile antics, such as drinking champagne in Trafalgar Square while holding up disrespectful signs and singing “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead.”

What are we to make of such behavior?

It is obvious to any mature person that such boorish shenanigans cast an unfavorable light, not on Lady Thatcher, but on those individuals who lower themselves to such self-demeaning rudeness. There are dignified ways to express one’s disagreement with Thatcher’s policies as a grateful nation prepares to honor her memory with a ceremonial funeral. An outstanding example of this more civilized approach was that of Argentina’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman. Having not been invited to the funeral due to the decades-long strained relations between his country and the UK, Timerman stated that he did not want to be there anyhow, but that the family should be allowed to mourn in peace. That was classy.

The left, by contrast, prefers to mark this great leader’s passing with derision and disrespect. Part of this is due to simple ignorance combined with a failure of decency.  I am thinking here of twenty-something Britons, who have no personal recollections of Thatcher’s time in office, rendering themselves ridiculous by vilifying her. These young people seem sadly ignorant of the historical reality that Thatcher’s visionary leadership and steely resolve revitalized what had become a moribund economy in the UK.

These kids have acted on hearsay. They have had a parent or teacher tell them that the Iron Lady was mean and that she stepped on people. That calumny is the standard refrain of older Britons, such as trade unionists and Oxford dons, who never forgave Thatcher for cutting off or reducing the flow of government subsidies to them. What the young people denigrating Thatcher don’t understand is that Thatcher did not set out to lay a burden on those formerly privileged constituencies, but rather to lift off the burden that those special interest groups had laid on the beleaguered British taxpayer. To use contemporary terminology, the dons and unionists were cronies of politicians who had channeled large flows of tax monies to them for decades. Today, the left rightly denounces the corruption of political cronyism and the lining of pockets of special interest groups. To be consistent, they should salute Thatcher for having taken on the special interests, reducing cronyism, providing relief to taxpayers, and reinvigorating the UK’s economy.

Besides immaturity, ignorance, spite, and revenge, there is another motive for the unseemly anti-Thatcher eruptions—the reason why the left’s ugly behavior should not be surprising: The left loves to hate. This is their essence, the deformed heart of their ideology.

The leftist penchant for personal vilification dates back at least as far as to Karl Marx. According to Bertolt Brecht, Marx boasted that he was “the greatest hater of the so-called positive.” He also was an avid practitioner of the ad hominem attack—the preferred weapon of those who can’t win arguments through reason and logic.

Marx crushed his rivals for intellectual leadership of the socialist movement by ridiculing their theories as “utopian” while insisting that his own version of socialism was “scientific.” What a farce! Remember, Marx had written in “The German Ideology” (1845), “…in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming a hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.” He also insisted in “The Communist Manifesto” that the way to make the state disappear was to give all power to the state. Marx was nothing more than a mystic whose “scientific socialism” was fraudulent (an author named Fred Gottheil once catalogued Marx’ historical predictions and found that, out of 325, only six had proven correct); hence, the only way Marx could prevail was to resort to the scorched-earth tactic of verbally abusing and annihilating his opponents—a tactic retained by his intellectual heirs.

Lenin made the centrality of hatred in leftist movements chillingly explicit. In 1923, he told the Soviet commissars of education, “We must teach our children to hate.  Hatred is the basis of communism.”  In his tract “Left-Wing Communism,” Lenin baldly asserted that hatred was “the basis of every socialist and Communist movement.”

The hateful spirit of Marx and Lenin has suffused all leftist ideologies, movements, and regimes, whether Soviet communism, Hitler’s national socialism, or today’s illiberal progressivism and pagan environmentalism.  Only hatred could explain the willingness to kill, enslave, and rob vast numbers of innocent human beings.  Hatred corrodes one’s conscience.  Under its toxic influence, a person will regard man’s God-given right to be secure in his life, liberty, and property as nuisances to be overcome, not commandments to be obeyed.  The flip side of hatred is an inflated self-love, self-importance and self-righteousness so extreme that respect for other human beings diminishes and, in extreme cases (Stalin, Mao, Castro, Kim, et al.), disappears.

Hatemongering is alive and well on the left today. American leftists, aping the deviousness of Marx himself, protest “hate crimes,” then proceed to foment hatred for right-thinking Americans. Thus, they churn out bilge like “The I Hate Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh…Reader,” “The I Hate Dick Cheney…Reader,” and “The I Hate George W. Bush Reader.” In fact, now that the Ku Klux Klan has (thankfully!) petered out, the anti-communist-hating American left appears to have taken over as our country’s most virulent hate group.

British leftists have been demonstrating their hate and wretchedness by trying to detract from the solemnity and dignity of the funeral of one of the 20th century’s great leaders. I think, though, that their boorishness has backfired. By displaying their morbid glee on the occasion of Mrs. Thatcher’s passing, they unwittingly have paid her a great tribute. For leftists to have made such a big deal about the death of an elderly lady who has been out of the public realm for more than two decades, shows how great and effective she was as a champion of individual liberty, true justice, and smaller government. In this perverse way, the left’s ungracious display of pettiness is the greatest salute they could give to Margaret Thatcher. I think the Iron Lady would be pleased that she earned this backhanded compliment.

Now, while the leftists stew in their own pathetic, self-imposed unhappiness, the rest of us can celebrate a life well-lived and remember with gratitude a principled leader who did so much for so many. Bravo, Mrs. Thatcher. Well done!

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  • Mary Sue

    Funny how the Left ironically speaks of "Hate Speech" and how it must be stamped out, yet does things like this. Apparently there are acceptable expressions of hatred! Such hypocrites.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Funny how the Left ironically speaks of "Hate Speech" and how it must be stamped out, yet does things like this. Apparently there are acceptable expressions of hatred! Such hypocrites."

      I'm not kidding. what they'll say is that they have "righteous anger." They never hate. That's what right wing vampires do. Remember that they control the lexicon. Just ask them.

      • Mary Sue

        oh, of course! Right wingers never have 'righteous anger' (towards, say, Creeping or Blatant Sharia), that is only for Left wingers! [/sarcasm]

  • Sarah

    The party of tolerance is the most hateful, vile, indecent, bigoted and intolerant group of people, worldwide. They will never forgive Thatcher for her role in bringing down the Soviet Union.

  • Dutch Shultz

    Ding dong the Left is dead (brain dead)

  • MikeWood

    Thanks Mark. No more needs to be said.

  • http://twitter.com/Logic__Bomb @Logic__Bomb

    Welcome to the left. Lost in a sea of hypocrisy and denial.

  • Softly Bob

    It's true that a few people did suffer (temporarily) under Thatcher's policies, but it sorted itself out in the end. Some of these hatemongers who became unemployed under her government are still unemployed today. Thirty years? Thirty years on benefits? How is Thatcher to blame for that?
    It's funny that these welfare scroungers still complain about her, but despite being unemployed can afford to 'party' on champagne and travel to London to protest her funeral.

    • Nehama, UK

      What total tosh! Suffered temporarily!? Thanks to Thatcher selling off social housing at grossly undervalued prices there is still a housing shortage for low paid workers, those very workers Thatcherism exploits in order to make a profit. And of course most of the housing stock sold off is no longer owned by the people who bought it but has now been transferred to profiteering landlords. As for the unemployed, I doubt there are many who were unemployed in the 80s who have been unemployed all the time since. But if there are they are most likely to be in areas like the Welsh valleys where the only jobs were in the mining related industries which Thatcher desroyed, and to where no new industries have re-located. So tell me, how do you get a job if there are none?

      • PamM

        The only reason there is a housing shortage in Britain today is because Blair flooded the country with three million immigrants, who took up most of the available housing at the lower end of the market. This has been exacerbated by local councils disgracefully giving preference to immigrants as they tend to have more children. It's nothing whatsoever to do with Margaret Thatcher but all to do with Tony Blair's desire to rub our noses in diversity.

        Council house sales were a very popular policy in the 1980s and enabled millions of people to become homeowners who would probably have never got the chance otherwise. It is notable that despite their opposition at the time Labour made no attempt to reverse this legislation while they were in power, no doubt because they realised how unpopular it would be. You are no doubt correct that most of the stock is no longer owned by those who bought it as it has been nearly thirty years since the policy was introduced. It is, however, nonsense to suggest that most has been transferred to profiteering landlords. The vast majority is in the hands of owner occupiers, as was the intention of the policy.

        • Trevor

          Erm, there was a housing shortage long before Blair came to power.

          "Council house sales were a very popular policy in the 1980s and enabled millions of people to become homeowners who would probably have never got the chance otherwise."

          Yea, while Maggie was telling people to buy houses and start up their own bussiness the people who owned houses and business in the communities she decimated were made homeless thanks to her killing off all the industry and replacing it with nothing.

          " It is notable that despite their opposition at the time Labour made no attempt to reverse this legislation while they were in power, no doubt because they realised how unpopular it would be."

          Gee whizz, New Labour are Thatcherites you clown.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        socialism has destroyed the uk.

        I recommend the uk transfer its nukes to Canada or Australia for safe keeping until such time – if ever – that the UK reasserts itself.

        • Snorbak

          Dont send em down here, our Govt would be too worried that we might upset China!

      • Max

        Put down your crack pipe. It is not my job to provide you with free or affordable housing. Go live someplace where you can afford to live. We have millions of people like you who feel like they are entitled to live in New York City, for example, and it ends up that suckers like me foot the bill. Everywhere you turn in the city, you see these ghetto highrises, right smack in the middle of ritzy neighborhoods like Chelsea, upper East Side, etc… It is disgusting. They are all on public assistance, they eat, live and procreate for free. Meanwhile, someone like me who makes a decent salary, cannot afford to live in the city.

      • Lady_Dr

        So Margaret Thatcher sold off social housing at undervalued prices and then exploits these same people "to make a profit." This makes no sense – you sound like just another ignorant hater who doesn't know any history and is jealous of anyone who has more than then do. Get a life.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "What total tosh! Suffered temporarily!? Thanks to Thatcher selling off social housing at grossly undervalued prices there is still a housing shortage for low paid workers, those very workers Thatcherism exploits in order to make a profit."

        If profit is evil, who pays the taxes?

        Evidently you are yet another individual who doesn't understand how the world works when things are going well and how to respond when things aren't. Go back to sustenance farming somewhere and you might not get as confused and angry.

        "As for the unemployed, I doubt there are many who were unemployed in the 80s who have been unemployed all the time since. But if there are they are most likely to be in areas like the Welsh valleys where the only jobs were in the mining related industries which Thatcher desroyed…"

        Productive profitable mines were humming along and Thatcher came in with a right wing "profit bomb" and spoiled it all.

        Don't you understand that it's cheaper to pay people to stay home than it is to harvest "stuff" at a loss?

        "…and to where no new industries have re-located."

        That must be Thatcher's fault too. It can't be union demands or stubborn workers who refuse to try to learn to produce something people want.

        "So tell me, how do you get a job if there are none?"

        Try the newspaper. If you can't figure out the answer to that question it's doubtful you'll take advice from someone you're determined to prove wrong – with your own failures.

        Talking to mainstream Brits during the 1980s was my introduction to naive idiotic "labor" dupes. I was just a kid myself but I was shocked how ignorant they were about the fundamentals of capitalism. I didn't know at the time just how much the communists had infiltrated British institutions.

      • Mary Sue

        back in the day before thatcher, council housing was downright communist! People could NOT own the homes they lived in! Ever lived in abused rental property? People beat the s*** out of housing they do not own, because they do not care; it is not their responsibility to fix. And that's NOT a good thing.

    • reader

      Goes to show that socialism is immoral at its core. Essentially, it redifines aristocratic rule in "acceptable" "progressive" (aka marxist) terms, so nehamas could run with it.

  • dannyjeffrey44

    Some know that Obama sent a special delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez to honor a communist dictator. Now he refuses to send anyone to the funeral of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Every American should be made aware of this disgrace. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/04/obamascor

  • dannyjeffrey44

    Some know that Obama sent a special delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez to honor a communist dictator. Now he refuses to send anyone to the funeral of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Every American should be made aware of this disgrace. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/04/obamascor

  • dannyjeffrey44

    Some know that Obama sent a special delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez to honor a communist dictator. Now he refuses to send anyone to the funeral of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Every American should be made aware of this disgrace. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/04/obamascor

  • dannyjeffrey44

    Some know that Obama sent a special delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez to honor a communist dictator. Now he refuses to send anyone to the funeral of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Every American should be made aware of this disgrace. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/04/obamascor

  • dannyjeffrey44

    Some know that Obama sent a special delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez to honor a communist dictator. Now he refuses to send anyone to the funeral of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Every American should be made aware of this disgrace. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/04/obamascor

  • dannyjeffrey44

    Some know that Obama sent a special delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez to honor a communist dictator. Now he refuses to send anyone to the funeral of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Every American should be made aware of this disgrace. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/04/obamascor

  • dannyjeffrey44

    Some know that Obama sent a special delegation to the funeral of Hugo Chavez to honor a communist dictator. Now he refuses to send anyone to the funeral of Lady Margaret Thatcher. Every American should be made aware of this disgrace. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/04/obamascor

  • Gee59

    Is the left any different than the Arabs handing out sweets to celebrate the murder of Jews and Christians? I think that the same mentality is in play.

    Both live to hate, both demand that all opposition to their policies be illegal.

    • Trevor

      Wasn't there rejoicing on this site when Hugo Chavez died?

      • tagalog

        I didn't see anybody calling for dancing in the streets or handing out candy.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "I didn't see anybody calling for dancing in the streets or handing out candy."

          Trevor is a leftist. Anything can be equated to anything else for the sake of convincing other leftists of their righteousness or at the very least that we're all just hypocrites.

          Never mind that Hugo Chavez was an enemy of our way of life and that Thatcher helped defeat the Soviet Union.

      • jeff bargholz

        Trevortard;

        Hugo Chavez was a murderous little thug who plundered and despoiled his own country while doing his utmost to destabilize the civilized world. The demonic glee and calumny that lefties like you pile on Thatcher's passing is in stark contrast to the sad frustration and fellatio you lavished on the Oompa Loompa's well earned death. Nobody likes a prig.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Wasn't there rejoicing on this site when Hugo Chavez died?"

        He's right. I just got back from heckling the funeral procession. Wait, no I didn't. But making sarcastic comments is "just like" showing up and heckling a funeral and throwing parties.

  • cxt

    "Hearsay" is a very good observation–people that were not even born when Thatcher was in power have grown up weaned on hate of a person they have never met. Her policies inabled those self-same people to have shot at much better life.

    The Left teaches hate and its a multigenerational problem

  • Alex Kovnat

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    Now THAT is really revolting and disgusting.

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  • tagalog

    Steven Weber, the actor, is reported to have called for a Nuremberg tribunal to try those who denigrate our political leaders and degrade the sociopolitical atmosphere. I say have at it.

    The people who are celebrating Margaret Thatcher's death are the people who claim to espouse compassion, love, and peace.

    This latest manifestation of hate just adds another morsel of clarification to our view of the way things really are. Not that anyone other than us, most particularly the MSM, will give a moment's attention to the leftist joy in the death of a conservative.

  • Dennis X

    The President did sent a delagation, it wasn't a senior delagation but one was sent.

  • http://shugartpoliticalaction.shugartmedia.com/uncommonsense/ Chris_Shugart

    Thatcher dies and we get "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead." Chavez dies and we get "Candle in the Wind." Twisted isn't it?

    • Fritz

      Thatcher saved a nation from self destruction, Chavez had all but ruined his.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Thatcher saved a nation from self destruction, Chavez had all but ruined his."

        View from the left: Thatcher was a dinosaur holding back the glorious revolution and Chavez was a savior driving the engine of a glorious Utopian future. Because Darwin proved that destruction leads to progress.

  • RUI

    "What are we to make of such behavior?" Reminds me of the muslims dancing on the streets on 9/11 and after the Boston bombing.

    It says more about them than about the person who died. Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister of a country where it is OK to spit on her image. Chavez was the prez in a country where… you get the idea!

  • Ray Burke

    The Brits should have long since declared Margaret Thatcher a National Treasure. Both Thatcher and Churchill wasted their time and talents on a nation of third world losers. What a colossal waste of effort !!!

  • jeff bargholz

    Trevor;

    Erm, throwing freeloaders out of marketable houses and selling them to qualified buyers did not create a housing shortage but changing ownership did increase property values and reduce crime.

    Exactly which communities were devastated by Thatcherism and where are the legions of homeless former homeowners?

    Gee willikers, the rampant importation of foreign riff raff who impose their cultural chauvinism on Britain and crushing taxes levied by New Labour are anything but Thatcherite, you dip$hit.

  • Fritz

    I watched the funeral live last night, the southpaws celebrating her demise and protesting her legacy were basically a no show. It seems that the giants hurling abuse from behind their keyboards don't have the intestinal fortitude to hurl such abuse in public. But then again we are talking about crusty and rotting remnants of the far Left from the 1970s and 80s combined with the younger dummies from Occupy, not much ambition and little to no steam left. I think that they overlook the obvious, as the Bishop of London said in his address, death is a fate which eventually awaits us all.

  • Fritz

    You mean the industries, like coal mines, that were subsidized with tax and borrowed monies because they could not break even? Tell me what sense does it make to keep a coal mine open where the production cost is, lets say, $50 a ton where the market value of that ton of coal is around $15?

  • Mary Sue

    There was a guy in the labor party that closed 43 coal mines, FAR MORE than the few Thatcher closed down. Yet where is the rage against him?

  • evy

    Was able to watch part of the funeral last night. In Mrs. Thatcher's choice of readings, (she had apparently left instructions to that end), she once again displayed her wisdom. No disappointment there. The world is a poorer place for having lost this stalwart. DO watch the readings by the granddaughter and PM Cameron. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret

  • drew

    Agitating Marxist praxis
    forms their struggle’s central axis.
    Starry-eyed, they sing the anthem
    plotting mayhem. Yes – I grant them
    zeal, devotion, earnest madness…
    but their ends begin in badness.
    Brooding hate – their only god,
    biding time to shoot their wad.
    Nip their notions in the bud
    before they blossom into blood.
    Point them out for what they are:
    faceless scribes of future war…

    read full poem "Boring Old Militant Marxist Farts": http://connecthook.wordpress.com/mine/various/610

    • "gunner"

      not quite kipling, but it works.