The Titanium Lady

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.

 

6 thoughts on “The Titanium Lady

  1. Well stated and summarized as a reminder of Carly Fiorina’s presentation during that debate. She is among the few candidates that I’m interested in.
    Also seldom if ever mentioned is Jane’s ability to write with clear, dynamic use of the English language and in a brief few paragraphs make her point. I enjoy reading your material because it is presented so well.

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  2. I read Erick Rush’s article and while he belabors a few points about wealthy people who aspire to higher positions because they are enamored by their wealth, he makes a few points that encourage caution before commitment to any potential candidate. Assuming his research is accurate, there are some things to consider before allowing a few astute and pointed comments during a debate to be the guiding influence in an important decision.

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    1. Warren, Anyone who has ever done anything can be second-guessed. However, I believe her business record, on balance, was a good one and should be admired. She has grown quite a bit as a candidate since she challenged the entrenched Barbara Boxer in extremely blue California. During that time she battled cancer and lost a child. A lessor person would have dropped out. Also, it’s easy to take her comments, anyone’s, out of context and some of my colleagues, unfortunately, have done that.

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  3. I also thought of Margaret Thatcher when watching Carly Fiorina during the debates. She has strength, intellect, and class. What saddens me about electing a President is the amount of money needed for good candidates to run for office, get on the ballots, and get in the media. It also amazes me that people think medua stars will make good presidents.

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  4. I’m not so sure that Carly Fiorina would save America. She reportedly did great damage to Hewlett Packard with her excessively autocratic management style, and laid off 30,000 American workers (while hiring workers overseas). She has praised Islam, which is like praising communism or the Nazi Party. Legal and illegal immigration will destroy us faster than anything else (it may already be too late) and her immigration policy is very weak. She appears to favor a dangerously confrontational policy with Russia; remember, Putin may not be our friend, but he is only our enemy because King Hussein made him so. In Syria, Putin is supporting the lesser of two evils, and no one knows what we are doing. A nuclear holocaust is still a real possibility, yet it could easily be avoided.
    Even if we got a true patriot (maybe Cruz or Jindal would fit the bill) in the Rainbow House it may already be too late to prevent economic and social collapse. But Fiorina, even if she didn’t blunder into a nuclear war, would probably make things worse rather than better.

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    1. William, In a perfect world Cruz and Jindal would be at the top of the polls but that is not going to happen. It is easy to crib off the columns of liberal, Clinton-supporting Democrats and criticize Carly. Some of my colleagues have done just that. Fiorina is the candidate liberals fear the most so there are a lot of columns out there today attacking her business record. However, if you go back before she became a candidate, you will find as many or more saying she did the right things.

      Sending jobs off-shore is what you do with the business climate that liberals have created here. If you are a CEO, your job is to make money, not provide employment. However, I respect the fact that she tried to help those employees make successful transitions. She didn’t just throw them out on the street.

      As for her Muslim comments, maybe you don’t know any Muslims but I do. Not all, in fact most, are not radicalized. After 9-11, my first thoughts were for our long-time friend Anjum. We called to see if he was okay. Incidentally, Anjum believes in profiling and wants extra scrutiny when he flies because he fears radical Muslims just as we do.

      In this political season, it is easy to get so invested in one candidate that you don’t give the others their due. I try not to do that. For the record, I’m supporting Carson financially. However, I believe we could do a lot worse that Carly Fiorina. Try to keep an open mind.

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