Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Oh, sad news...

Molly Ivins has succumbed after a very long battle with cancer.
Syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins died of breast cancer Wednesday evening at her home in Austin. She was 62 years old, and had much, much more to give this world. She remained cheerful despite Texas politics. She emphasized the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government, and consequently never had to write fiction. She said, "Good thing we've still got politics -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented."
It was a great ride, Molly. Thanks for everything.
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.
The problem with those who choose received Authority over fact and logic is how they choose which part of Authority to obey. The Bible famously contradicts itself at many points (I have never understood why any Christian would choose the Old Testament over the New), and the Koran can be read as a wonderfully compassionate and humanistic document. Which suggests that the problem of fundamentalism lies not with authority, but with ourselves.

Memorials and memories are going up over at the Texas Observer.

1 comment:

sravana said...

My heart is broken. I'd heard recently that she was having a breast cancer relapse, and I feared the worse. First Gov. Ann, now Molly. Texas will never be the same!

Okay, so death comes in threes. Does Barbaro count as number 2, or is there another prominent woman who's going to be down for the count (not that Barbaro was a filly, but you know...)