Light to Light
There are plenty of news stories about the passing of Molly Ivins today.
A very bright light has returned to the light.
My favorite Molly Ivins story goes something like this.
"You know, here in Texas we only have one party and that's the way its been for a hundred years. Well, folks began talking about starting another party, and I thought that's a good idea, we could use two parties in this state..... But it never occured to me that they were thinking of starting a party to the right of the Texas Democratic Party."
I first met Molly backstage at the Armadillo World Headquarters. She, like the rest of us, was a a real hippy, not some weekend concert going dope smoking hipster.
But, unlike some of us, she never let the dollar blur her vision, or the quest for personal power alter her sense of what is right.
It's often said, that you don't appreciate what you've got until its gone.
In Molly's case, neither is true.
Most of us knew long ago that her love of justice and her ability to find humor in the darkest of truths, both in ourselves and in our leaders, qualified her as a cultural treasure. And most of us suspected that her words and her spirit would live on with a longevity equal to the other great humorist of our culture.
Here is part of her last column written just three weeks ago.
Stand Up Against the ‘Surge’
Posted on Jan 11, 2007
By Molly Ivins
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.
It is not a matter of whether we will lose or we are losing. We have lost. Gen. John P. Abizaid, until recently the senior commander in the Middle East, insists that the answer to our problems there is not military. “You have to internationalize the problem. You have to attack it diplomatically, geo-strategically,” he said.
His assessment is supported by Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the senior American commander in Iraq, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who only recommend releasing forces with a clear definition of the goals for the additional troops. "
She closes with these words.
"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!”
The other night, I laid in bed trying to think of a way to communicate the uselessness in trying to salvage something good out of a war that was started with lies, prosecuted with lies, and now moves into new vistas of even more egregious lies.
And I remembered the line in Matthew about the tree.
"Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. "
Molly is the good tree.
Her last words spoke of the bad one.
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