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Thursday, February 1, 2007

More Molly.

The only good thing about Molly Ivins' death is that everyone who knew her (and Ivins was an acquaintence of just about everyone, it appears) is telling Molly stories. In his appreciation of Ivins over at the Texas Observer, Adam Hochschild closes with part of a column Ivins wrote for Mother Jones:

On the occasion of the bicentennial of the Constitution, the ACLU was fixin' to lay some heavy lifetime freedom-fighter awards on various citizens and one of 'em was Joe Raugh, the lawyer who defended so many folks during the McCarthy Era and the civil rights movement (note that the rightness of those stands is always easier to see in retrospect). Raugh was sick in the hospital at the time and asked a friend of his to go down and collect the award for him. His friend went to see him in the hospital and said, 'Joe, what you want me to tell these folks?'

So there was Raugh lyin' there sick as a dog, thinking back on all those bad, ugly, angry times—the destroyed careers, the wrecked lives—and he said, 'Tell 'em how much fun it was. Tell 'em how much fun it was.'

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 ... 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.

When the news of Ivins' death reached me yesterday, my first thought was about how much it sucks to live in a world where Molly gets her life cut short and where our Dear Leader gets to continue on with his career of wrecking both Iraq and what's left of democracy in the US. And I thought about Dubya sitting there in the White House, smirking over how he'd outlasted Ivins.

If Ivins could talk to us now, I'm sure she'd tell us to stop our moping and get out there and kick some ass. And I bet she'd wave a hand toward Washington and suggest that there's a guy living in a big white house who could use himself a whuppin'.

I'm with you, Molly.

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