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An end of an era?

Not so much.

the damage is still all around

On both sides of the pond.

The crushing inequality.

The over-lordship of the bankers.

The grinding destruction of the middle class.

The austerity fiasco of the present.

I come not to mourn an era

But to bury it.

Since after all

We have the bill

Rather than investing in the countries they lead,

They have been stripped

To fuel the greed of the few.

The youth of Europe and at home

Should know who they were

All the false praise

Of this day

Should be rejected

Since they started

This decay.

I've come over

All Edscan

damn.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar. I have little sympathy (26+ / 0-)

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:58:27 AM PDT

  •  The evil that she did will live on after her. (nt) (7+ / 0-)

    Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

    by eataTREE on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:12:37 PM PDT

  •  Guardian: "Her legacy is public division .. (12+ / 0-)

    "Her legacy is public division, private selfishness and a cult of greed that together shackle the human spirit."
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

    She left Britain a literally poorer place. Two world wars and Margaret Thatcher did in a once-great nation.

    Fitting she died at the Ritz. She should be buried there too, and the hotel can become an even greater shrine to money, power and human ndifference.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:21:06 PM PDT

  •  I have empathy and sympathy as a human (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LaFeminista, luckylizard, mickT, NYFM

    for the death of another human being - especially having just lost my own father a little over a month ago.

    But i like your main point.

    Reagan and Thatcher ushered in the policies and politics that lead us to where we are at today.

    The stripping of the public wealth, the destruction of the middle class, the transfer of more and more wealth to fewer and fewer people and coming up with arguments for why that was somehow more moral than a greater and common good.

    I believe history will not judge Reagan or Thatcher kindly. Unless we are completely ruled by our corporate overlords in the future. Then they will be deities.

    Blue is blue and must be that. But yellow is none the worse for it - Edith Sidebottom

    by kenwards on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:23:35 PM PDT

  •  True. (10+ / 0-)

    An ill wind
    St. Ronnie
    and Maggie
    did break.

    It's blown down
    the decades:
    "Let them all
    eat cake."

    What's the point of letting neoliberals into the tent when neoliberalism is burning down the campground?
    Since elections will never change the ownership of government, why does our strategy rely entirely upon them?

    by Words In Action on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:32:23 PM PDT

  •  Those who do not learn from the past, etc (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Oaktown Girl, LaFeminista

    Thatcher won re-election twice, Reagan once.

    And that doesn't include John Major and George HW Bush.

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:46:14 PM PDT

  •  I'm having a hard time with the sympathy thing, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Oaktown Girl, LaFeminista

    Thatcher was Reagan's mentor in many ways, the worst ways. Elvis Costello got her right.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:55:58 PM PDT

  •  austerity is alive and well (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LaFeminista, mickT

    all throughout Europe and North America. Cut, cut, cut is the order of the day--and then privatize what's left.

    Obama is poised to consummate the work begun three decades ago with the Reagan "reforms" to SS, to finish the upward transfer of wealth Reagan initiated. In the next few years we will see things that the two titans of '80s conservatism never dreamed of.

    No, look around you. Thatcher and Reagan are not dead. They Live--we sleep!

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 02:27:25 PM PDT

    •  Say what you will... (0+ / 0-)

      Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were giants of the western world in an era of midgets.  None who have come since, in either country, have come close to achieving their level of electoral success, governing stability, and achievement of their agenda.

      It's a different era now.  As Norma Desmond might have said "...it's the politics that got small."  Blair, Clinton, Bush II, Obama.  Small, and insincere.  

      Reagan, Thatcher, and the 1980's were BIG, and authentic.  That's what I remember from my formative high school and college years in the US, and my foreign study in England in that decade.  They changed the world.  Though not a popular sentiment here today, I admired them both in their era.  Rest in Peace Mrs. Thatcher.  Say hello to President Reagan for me.

      We shall not soon see the likes of them again.

      •  I fail to see (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        limpidglass, 84thProblem

        why the fact that we won't see the likes of them again is a bad thing.

      •  my memory is a bit different (0+ / 0-)
        The Fletcher Memorial Home (Waters)

        Take all your overgrown infants away somewhere
        And build them a home, a little place of their own.
        The Fletcher Memorial
        Home for Incurable Tyrants and Kings.

        And they can appear to themselves every day
        On closed circuit T.V.
        To make sure they're still real.
        It's the only connection they feel.
        "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Reagan and Haig,
        Mr. Begin and friend, Mrs. Thatcher, and Paisly,
        "Hello Maggie!"
        Mr. Brezhnev and party.
        "Scusi dov'è il bar?"
        The ghost of McCarthy,
        The memories of Nixon.
        "Who's the bald chap?"
        "Good-bye!"
        And now, adding colour, a group of anonymous latin-
        American meat packing glitterati.

        Did they expect us to treat them with any respect?
        They can polish their medals and sharpen their
        Smiles, and amuse themselves playing games for awhile.
        Boom boom, bang bang, lie down you're dead.

        Safe in the permanent gaze of a cold glass eye
        With their favorite toys
        They'll be good girls and boys
        In the Fletcher Memorial Home for colonial
        Wasters of life and limb.

        Is everyone in?
        Are you having a nice time?
        Now the final solution can be applied.

        Pink Floyd

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