Notable & Quotable; Margaret Thatcher on what ‘consensus’ really means.

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From “Notable & Quotable” in the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed section on October 6th -

“Margaret Thatcher in a 1981 speech:

For me, pragmatism is not enough. Nor is that fashionable word ‘consensus.’ . . .

To me consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects—the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner ‘I stand for consensus’?”

There is a profound message in Mrs. Thatcher’s remarks for those who would argue that we have reached “consensus” on Global Warming, the Stimulus bill, Health Care Reform, or Cap & Trade. Is our country is settling for what it can get instead of what it really needs?

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