Mary Kissel, editor of the Editorial Page of WSJ-Asia, seems like a blast from the past in her willingness to give Mrs. Palin the credit she deserves as Palin brought the dignity of human rights and traditional wisdom to jarring international issues this week in her speech to investors in Hong Kong. WSJ-Asia praised the speech in the day after Palin took the stage, but today's stateside paper printed only a catty "news" story regarding the speech that read like a snarky review out of the gay press. Sad.
Kissel's outlook reminds me of the WSJ's (NY)Editorial Board's vision statement:
We speak for free markets and free people, the principles, if you will, marked in the watershed year of 1776 by Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations." So over the past century and into the next, the Journal stands for free trade and sound money; against confiscatory taxation and the ukases of kings and other collectivists; and for individual autonomy against dictators, bullies and even the tempers of momentary majorities.