September 25, 2009

"de facto leader of the free world"

Dr Zero , on Sarah's speech in Hong Kong:

...These remarks were made in Hong Kong, not the United Nations building. The speaker was not the current President of the United States, who is sadly irrelevant to the cause of freedom. It was Sarah Palin - who is, for the moment, the de facto leader of the free world.

It's very unusual to see the position occupied by a private citizen, with no official power to back up her words. I doubt Mrs. Palin likes the situation any more than I do. It's a position with absolutely no tenure, outside of high office - a new standard bearer could speak with greater clarity and passion tomorrow. Someone with power must soon fill the role... but for now, a voice pouring the right words into hungry ears will have to suffice. The free world holds ideals above power anyway. It cannot be led through force. It uses power to defend its ideals, not to impose them....

Well, if not her, then who? Hmmm? (You can read her remarks here, by the way. Good stuff. Given with notes, not teleprompter)

Posted by John Weidner at September 25, 2009 7:16 AM
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