In the last GOP debate, there is a reason that Jeb Bush, searching for a suitable woman to put on the $10 bill, came up with Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan’s British partner in the Cold War. It was Bush’s proximity to Carly Fiorina.
The former Hewlett Packard CEO just naturally causes one to think of Lady Thatcher who was the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th century and the only woman to have attained that high office.
Some would say that Fiorina was channeling the ghost of Margaret Thatcher as she calmly laid out her vision for a United States that is capable of taking on Vladimer Putin, ISIS and the rest of the world if needed.
These are perilous times for our country. There is no place for the undecided, the faint-hearted or political correctness. The chaff is quickly being separated from the wheat in this bulging GOP field of presidential wannabes.
Margaret Thatcher was known as the Iron Lady, but we need something even stronger. Pure iron is relatively soft. However, when combined with a small amount of carbon it becomes steel, one of the strongest alloys on earth.
Thatcher and Reagan became the perfect alloy against the Soviet Union. However, after eight years of Barack Obama, very few countries are willing to trust us anymore making such an alloy, or alliance, unlikely. The U.S., under new leadership, must prove itself again to many of our former allies. In short, we must be willing to lead, and, when necessary, go it alone.
Titanium is as strong as the best steels, but less dense — a perfect description for the petite Carly Fiorina. Furthermore, titanium doesn’t corrode and weathers the test of time.
Titanium can withstand higher temperatures than steel. In the last debate, we saw Fiorina’s emotions just under the boiling point as she linked Iran and Planned Parenthood. Said Carly, “One has something to do with the defense of the security of this nation. The other has something to do with the defense of the character of this nation.” Then, in a calm and defiant tone, she took the rest of the field to school on both issues.
On Iran, she informed us that she would make two phone calls: The first would be to assure BiBi Netanyahu that we stand with Israel. The second would put the Supreme Leader of Iran on notice that “unless and until he opens every military and every nuclear facility to real anytime, anywhere inspections by our people, not his, we, the United States of America, will make it as difficult as possible to move money around the global financial system.”
That was the setup. Here’s her kicker: “We can do that. We don’t need anyone’s cooperation to do it. And every ally and every adversary we have in this world will know that the United States of America is back in the leadership business!” The crowd was ecstatic.
Then, her emotions on edge but in check, she challenged the president and the Democratic frontrunner to watch the videotapes put out by the Center for Medical Progress of an interview with a technician who was instructed on how to harvest the brain of a child delivered alive at 19 weeks gestation while its tiny limbs were moving. (Yes, it was another 19-week old child shown in a cold metal bowl on that video to illustrate the point. So what?)
Next, Fiorina delivered this message to GOP congressional leaders: “(I)f we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill (defunding Planned Parenthood), shame on us!”
Titanium also is capable of withstanding very low temperatures as Carly demonstrated with that icy stare she gave Donald Trump when confronted with the comments he made about her face.
I’m one of those who believe that our government was never intended to support a political class and will work better with a capable, resolute, informed leader with a record of accomplishment in the real world as president.
A number of outsiders are beginning to demonstrate that they are capable of handing this job. Unfortunately, Donald Trump isn’t one of them. So far, all he has done is promise that, when the time comes, he will be ready. That is hard to believe when he hasn’t demonstrated that he has enough discipline to master a few facts for the debates.
There are times when the best man for the job is a woman and this may just be one of those times — but not just any woman — we need one as strong and as durable as titanium.