Molly Ivins (1944-2007) was one of the wisest and funniest writers of the 20th Century. She was proudly liberal, and took great delight in making fun of politicians. Her satirical writing style was in the tradition of Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce, and I miss her greatly.
Now there are some who will point out that way back in January 2006 she roundly criticized Hillary and announced she would not vote Senator Clinton. But when you consider the reasons she gave for her decision, I have no doubt that she would be an enthusiastic PUMA.
The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.
Molly wasn’t they type to “get over it” nor would she ever “fall in line.” And she damned sure wouldn’t be telling us to vote for an empty suit.
So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.
I can picture Molly right now, sitting in a seedy bar on the bad side of Heaven, cheering us on and laughing.