Molly Ivins – Honorary PUMA

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.

RIP Molly


One Response to Molly Ivins – Honorary PUMA

  1. bmc says:

    Thanks for that! As a loyal Molly Ivins fan of many years, I have been so dismayed by the co-opting of her good name by totalitarian group-think among the so-called “progressive” blogs these days. You took her good name right back. And, you nailed it–Molly Ivins would not be standing still for the RBC/DNC disenfranchisement of democrats in 2 states; nor would she be willing to “get over it” just because it was demanded of her. Oh, no. On the contrary. Molly Ivins would be giving them hell; and I think she would have changed her mind about Hillary Clinton too, as many others of us did, when it was plainly clear that Sen. Clinton was a fighter in the tradition of Molly Ivins.

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