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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:02 AM

Molly Ivins' last column. She died 6 years ago this month.

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I always appreciated her bluntness and her ability not to let others sway her thinking. She did not care about those who attacked her words. I would like to be that way. I can be outspoken, but what others say does bother me.

Her last column:

Molly Ivins' last column



About the only politician out there besides Bush actively calling for a surge is Sen. John McCain. In a recent opinion piece, he wrote: “The presence of additional coalition forces would allow the Iraqi government to do what it cannot accomplish today on its own — impose its rule throughout the country. . . . By surging troops and bringing security to Baghdad and other areas, we will give the Iraqis the best possible chance to succeed.”

But with all due respect to the senator from Arizona, that ship has long since sailed.

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.

Anyone who wants to talk knowledgably about our Iraq misadventure should pick up Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s “Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone.” It’s like reading a horror novel. You just want to put your face down and moan: How could we have let this happen? How could we have been so stupid?


She was one of the few to actually call George Bush out for his idiotic push for war.

In a column right after the 2006 election, she strongly criticized Bush.

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.


I remember her endorsement of Howard Dean. She pulled no punches about his fiscal conservative policies.

Molly Ivins endorsement of Howard Dean in 2003. Blunt, to the point, so like her unique style..

Meanwhile, there's old Dean, causin' excitement. I went up to Vermont and talked to a bunch of liberals there. They all said Howard Dean is no liberal. Funny, that's what Howard Dean says, too. And indeed, he isn't, but in politics, everything's relative. The conventional wisdom first dismissed Howard Dean (the man has never been to a Washington dinner party!), then condescended to him, then graciously offered him instruction on how he should be running his campaign -- which seemed to be going along quite well without their input.

I talked to some big money guys who assured me Dean Can't Win. But of course I'm noticing this interesting thing: Dean has so much money he actually turned down public campaign financing (since I'm a card-carrying liberal, I was naturally deeply unhappy over this. But since Dean's money comes from Real People instead of corporate special interests, I'm not that unhappy.) Let me second the notion that this year, the Internet is to politics what television was in the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon race.


She was very prescient in this paragraph...about anger.

For a while, I fretted over Dean being angry, or at least appealing to the political anger that is normally manipulated by right-wing radio jocks. Anger makes liberals uncomfortable: We prefer peace, reason and gentle persuasion. Beloveds, it is way past time for us to get mad -- social, economic and political justice are being perverted by the Bush administration.





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madfloridian Jan 2013 OP
malz Jan 2013 #1
uppityperson Jan 2013 #2
Drunken Irishman Jan 2013 #3
madfloridian Jan 2013 #4
Drunken Irishman Jan 2013 #10
madfloridian Jan 2013 #11
madfloridian Jan 2013 #5
madfloridian Jan 2013 #6
madfloridian Jan 2013 #7
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madfloridian Jan 2013 #9
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Wilms Jan 2013 #12
We People Jan 2013 #13
madfloridian Jan 2013 #14

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:36 AM

1. DURec

 

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:43 AM

2. 7 years? Wow. RIP Molly.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:11 AM

3. If she died in 2007, it would be five years - not seven.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:13 AM

4. No, actually 6 years.

I will edit.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:05 PM

10. I'm still stuck in 2012 :(

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:01 PM

11. Sometimes I think I am stuck farther back than that.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:16 AM

5. I meant to refer to Playinghardball's post about her.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:04 AM

6. Her classic response about mixing religion and politics.

To the extent that politics should be based on moral and ethical considerations, of course it has religious foundations. But dragging God into partisan politics is a sin.

Is it Christian to cut money for Head Start? Is it Christian to cut poor children off healthcare? Is it Christian to cut old people off Medicare? Is it Christian to write memos justifying torture? Is it Christian to cut after-school, nutrition and AIDS programs so multimillionaires can have bigger tax cuts? Historically, the Bible has been used to justify some stupefying crimes, including slavery and genocide. I see no indication that we are any better at divining the Lord's intent now than we ever were.
Ruining God's reputation

As regular readers know, I call upon the Lord rather frequently myself, often for patience in dealing with those who presume to speak in His name. To whatever extent each of us is affected by religion, I suppose we inevitably bring that into the public sphere. But I seriously question the wisdom of doing so in any organized or deliberate fashion. Drag God into politics, and you'll ruin His reputation in no time


http://nomoreapples.blogspot.com/2004/06/molly-ivins-on-mixing-religion-and.html

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:02 PM

7. One last kick for Molly.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:39 PM

8. Thanks. I like to imagine what she'd be saying now.

With the state things are in today, and all of the fodder the pols dish out, I'd guess that her amazing wit would be working in overdrive.

I'd like to hope she is resting in peace, but "rolling in her grave" comes to mind after I read that final column.

I'm sorry for the nastiness you've encountered since your return to DU, just know that you're not alone in your disappointment.

A Happy New Year, to you, madfloridan, and solidarity, always! Peace

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Response to countryjake (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:44 PM

9. Yes, you are right. Her mind would be in overdrive.

Trying to keep up with it all, trying to accept things that we would have found unacceptable a few short years ago.

There is a nastiness like nothing I have ever seen. Glad I am not alone in those feelings. The easy thing would be to turn tail and run, but that would put power where it doesn't belong.

Thanks for the kind words. Good to see you and happy new year to you also.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:30 PM

12. ^

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:38 PM

13. Thank you, Madfloridian, for posting all of this and helping us remember Molly

I loved her and still miss her
...a voice of sanity and reason that anyone (except those with hands over their ears) could understand.

Let me be another one to wish you a Happy New Year. I know I'm not the only one around here who appreciates the important things you post. Please don't stop!



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Response to We People (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:07 AM

14. I admired her courage in speaking out.

Yes, a voice of sanity. Thanks for the kind words.

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