The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Lib­er­al­ism reigns in the White House, but Amer­ica re­mains a con­ser­va­tive na­tion at heart,” write Nile Gar­diner and Stephen Thomp­son, au­thors of “Mar­garet Thatcher on Lead­er­ship: Lessons for Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tives To­day,” just pub­lished by Reg­n­ery Books.

“Mar­garet Thatcher suc­ceeded be­cause she un­der­stood the con­cerns of the con­ser­va­tive grass­roots on core is­sues such as the econ­omy, gov­ern­ment spend­ing and taxes. She won over mil­lions more to the con­ser­va­tive cause not by wa­ter­ing down her mes­sage or shift­ing her po­si­tion, but by pre­sent­ing an at­trac­tive vi­sion of eco­nomic free­dom,” the au­thors note.

“She made the con­ser­va­tive party more open and in­clu­sive. Lady Thatcher un­der­stood that con­ser­va­tive prin­ci­ples are for every­body, not tied to spe­cial in­ter­est groups or trends,” Reg­n­ery says. “Con­ser­va­tive ideas must win peo­ple over first, be­fore con­ser­va­tives can win their votes later.”

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