There’s no question that Britain’s controversial prime minister remains more popular among certain circles in the United States than she does with many of her own countrymen. While veterans of Thatcher’s campaign against the coal miners—a struggle she herself described as a war against “the enemy within“—raise a glass to the demise of their old antagonist, conservatives in the United States seem unwilling to spare her any accolade. She was a “rock star,” says former Vice President Dick Cheney. She left a “beautiful legacy,” according to Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert. Virginia’s House Majority Leader Republican Eric Cantor praised Thatcher for inspiring “the world to empower people and families over government.” These tributes might have sounded strange to people who gathered in Bristol on Monday to celebrate Thatcher’s death. There were about 200 celebrants, according to the BBC, and violence broke out that left seven police officers injured. In Brixton in South London, about 150 people turned out to cheer Mrs Thatcher’s passing and mix it up with police.
She crushed the English middle class, which still hates here with a burning passion…which makes her a hero to Republicans. There’s a lesson here, for anyone not too lost in ideology to see.