The Lady Speaks

For Molly

Molly Ivins passed away at home today after a long battle with breast cancer. Her knife-sharp wit and dry humor that made “the ridiculous look ridiculous” will be terribly missed.

From Farewell, Rummy – 11/16/06:

There’s been so much in print about how Daddy 41’s people are back in the saddle, I was terrified when I saw a photo of Dan Quayle among the pack. If they’ve called back Dan Quayle to lend intellectual heft, we’re all dead ducks.

From Populists! Who’da Thunk It?11/23/06:

The word populist was misused, abused and co-opted by right-wingers for years, ever since we were all forced to read Richard Hofstadter’s The Paranoid Style in American Politics. Bad history can do a powerful amount of damage. . . .

If you read back to the beginning of the populist movement, however, you will find Andy Jackson and the West set against all those dreary Eastern snobs. When Andy opened up the White House and let in the people, the snobs had the fantods.

OK, it’s not the 19th century anymore, but it is always the right time to point out that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes. Honest. There stands George W. Bush, buck nekkid. We want to help him out of this fix because he’s dragging the whole Army, the country and the world down with him. But don’t ask us to call those clothes.

From Iraq Exit is Up to Us1/8/07:

The president of the United States does not have the sense God gave a duck — so it’s up to us. You and me, Bubba.

I don’t know why Bush is just standing there like a frozen rabbit, but it’s time we found out. The fact is WE have to do something about it. This country is being torn apart by an evil and unnecessary war, and it has to be stopped NOW.

This war is being prosecuted in our names, with our money, with our blood, against our will. Polls consistently show that less than 30 percent of the people want to maintain current troop levels. It is obscene and wrong for the president to go against the people in this fashion. And it’s doubly wrong for him to send 20,0000 more soldiers into this hellhole, as he reportedly will announce next week.

What happened to the nation that never tortured? The nation that wasn’t supposed to start wars of choice? The nation that respected human rights and life? A nation that from the beginning was against tyranny? Where have we gone? How did we let these people take us there? How did we let them fool us?

It’s a monstrous idea to put people in prison and keep them there. Since 1215, civil authorities have been obligated to tell people with what they are charged if they’re arrested. This administration has done away with rights first enshrined in the Magna Carta nearly 800 years ago, and we’ve let them do it.

From her last column, Stand Up Against the Surge – 1/11/07:

The purpose of this old-fashioned newspaper crusade to stop the war is not to make George W. Bush look like the dumbest president ever. People have done dumber things. What were they thinking when they bought into the Bay of Pigs fiasco? How dumb was the Egypt-Suez war? How massively stupid was the entire war in Vietnam? Even at that, the challenge with this misbegotten adventure is that WE simply cannot let it continue. . . .

A surge is not acceptable to the people in this country — we have voted overwhelmingly against this war in polls (about 80 percent of the public is against escalation, and a recent Military Times poll shows only 38 percent of active military want more troops sent) and at the polls. We know this is wrong. The people understand, the people have the right to make this decision, and the people have the obligation to make sure our will is implemented. . . .

We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we’re for them and trying to get them out of there. Hit the streets to protest Bush’s proposed surge. If you can, go to the peace march in Washington on Jan. 27. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, “Stop it, now!”

Requiem in pace, Molly. The world is a little dimmer tonight, but, of a certainty, heaven is quite a bit brighter.

We’ll miss you, and we’ll continue to fight and march and annoy the powerful and the power-mad, and we will end the Shrub’s war.

Molly Ivins
1944 – 2007


January 31, 2007 - Posted by | America, Bush, Government, Inspiration, Iraq, Life, Politics, War

1 Comment »

  1. Farewell Molly.
    The best eulogy, she wrote herself.
    Then she asked it of us, “don’t be afraid to make the ridiculous, seem ridiculous.”
    She called on us to remember that we are “the deciders,” despite what G.W. thinks. Lets write our elected officials, and write to the Prez., altho I am sure anything negative is kept from him, and Bozo the VP. But keep up the good fight.
    She would not want us to remember her, but forget to do the right thing.
    She was a bright beacon on a stormy night.
    Rest in peace.
    You will be missed.

    Comment by Mom | February 1, 2007 | Reply

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