Margaret Thatcher’s Vulnerability as a Female in a Political Worldby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Nov. 15, 2011, under National tequila party movement
I have often been told I have a ‘large pair’, or I’m a man in a woman’s body because of (my perhaps) assertive nature on the topic of political issues. I believe my somewhat aggressive nature comes from my background when I served as an explosives canine handler in the USAF.
Lately, I have been trying to get a handle on relationships as things seem to be on a fast track because of the Tequila Party movement and as relationships continue to build across the United States. However, I’m somewhat used to getting to know people “first” a little bit more before solidifying a business or political relationship. That said……time then becomes of the essence when campaign deadlines seem to be more and more demanding. It seems I have been thrown into some sort of mixture where I am forced to take risks in trusting people in order to get to that end result as quick as possible. I’m uncomfortable with this.
I want to take my time in getting to know somebody, but with hearing about the record breaking deportations performed by the Obama administration and reading op-eds by Rep. Lamar Smith in which he claims Obama is not deporting enough….any reasonable person can see why the broken immigration situation feels like one giant pressure cooker that is getting ready to explode. This is why I feel hurried. The hurt and outcry is deep and painful that there is nothing else to do but to hurry, stop the bleeding and fix it.
The national political movements and organizations I founded have led to tremendous amounts of support, acquaintances and relationships with other people I have known for a couple of weeks. Typically I try to trust ‘with a little’ before I trust ‘with a lot’, but even that doesn’t work out 100%.
As I continue to shed my responsibilities with SOMOS REPUBLICANS, toward a female-led political movement, I feel it is time to brush up on female political leaders via the National Tequila Party Movement. In particular….I wanted to learn more about female leadership with regard to their wanting of ‘blending in’ or being invisible in a male dominant political world. In my research to find a good book, I found an interesting paper by Anneke Ribberink’s: Gender Politics With Margaret Thatcher: Vulnerability and Toughness.
I have highlighted some interesting points Anneke makes and jotted a few notes down as casual commentary. The below points are of interest to me because she was seen as “militant and aggressive.” Indeed I have been criticized for being aggressive, pushy, bitchy, and radical.
11Part of Margaret Thatcher’s political image was her leadership style. Much has been written about her demeanour and actions, from both (at least seemingly) gender-neutral and gender-specific perspectives. The term Thatcherism primarily points to her neo-liberal economic policy and her mission to restore Britain as a great power. But it is also taken to include her militant, aggressive and authoritarian bearing as Prime Minister. (Women as National Leaders 200) According to the historian Peter Hennessy this “very personal style of government”, in which an “over-mighty Prime Minister” dominated the cabinet, really took shape after the victory in the Falklands War i