The Texas maverick, who died of breast cancer in 2007, spoke her mind and no one on either side of the political aisle was immune from her biting wit.
Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life is set for release next month from Public Affairs Books. An advance copy landed on my desk this morning. Watch the News-Telegram for a review.
I looked up some quotes from Ivins - she was never - ever - boring.
• The first rule of holes: when you're in one, stop digging.
• The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.
• Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.
• There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity -- like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule -- that's what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.
• You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to.
• What stuns me most about contemporary politics is not even that the system has been so badly corrupted by money. It is that so few people get the connection between their lives and what the bozos do in Washington and our state capitols.
• Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom that you can decide you don't much care for.
• I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.
• It's hard to argue against cynics -- they always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.
• Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant - it tends to get worse.
• I still believe in Hope - mostly because there's no such place as Fingers Crossed, Arkansas.
• During a recent panel on the numerous failures of American journalism, I proposed that almost all stories about government should begin: "Look out! They're about to smack you around again!"
• I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We'd turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don't ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives.
• The United States of America is still run by its citizens. The government works for us. Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world. We want and need to work with other nations. We want to find solutions other than killing people. Not in our name, not with our money, not with our children's blood.
• Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that.
• From her last column, January 11, 2007: 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.
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