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  •  No, it is not. (15+ / 0-)

    Thatcher supported dictators, ordered her soldiers to kill when it suited her political ambitions, and made life more miserable for millions.

    To not speak ill of her -- to accord her some cloak of politesse simply because she died -- is misguided to the point of making a mockery of decency.

    Here is Glen Greenwald making the case:

    This demand for respectful silence in the wake of a public figure's death is not just misguided but dangerous. That one should not speak ill of the dead is arguably appropriate when a private person dies, but it is wildly inappropriate for the death of a controversial public figure, particularly one who wielded significant influence and political power. "Respecting the grief" of Thatcher's family members is appropriate if one is friends with them or attends a wake they organize, but the protocols are fundamentally different when it comes to public discourse about the person's life and political acts.

    Vote rape. Vote torture. Vote War Crimes. Vote with the American top 1%.

    by Yellow Canary on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 07:46:18 PM PDT

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    •  I'm saving that Greenwald quote. (4+ / 0-)

      It perfectly expresses my own sentiments of this subject. I am so tired of the media's constant attempts to whitewash the legacies of deceased political figures (especially conservatives). The Reagan extravaganza in '04 nearly drove me round the bend. I'm glad to see that the British public, if not the media, has better sense.

      Not even I expected Romney to let his entitled Lord-of-the-Manor freak flag fly as proudly as he did on Tuesday night ~ Charlie Pierce

      by AuroraDawn on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 12:32:20 AM PDT

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