It is easy to dismiss saying goodbye to somebody you don’t know as a sort of just a tribute with no real meaning behind it.Â After all, we all from time to time find ourselves saying good-bye to people such as Movie Stars and the like.
But Molly Ivins is different for me.Â More important to the type of person I have become, and the type of person I strive to be.Â She helped me realize that there is no nobility in keeping quiet and just wearing blinders to not see what is troubling in this world.
“If you think his daddy had trouble with ‘the vision thing,’ wait’ll you meet this one,”
Â Â Â Â – Ivins on George W. Bush in “The Progressive,” June 1999.
She was a woman, that not only accepted the label “liberal” but wore it with pride.Â She was an amazingly talented columnist and writer.Â She could be biting and humorous at the same time, but never demeaning herself to the cheap joke or nasty pot shots that lesser people use.Â And unlike those on both sides of the political spectrum, she was not afraid to criticize what was wrong, regardless of who was saying it.
“If left to my own devices, I’d spend all my time pointing out that he’s weaker than bus-station chili,”
Â Â Â Â Â – on Bill Clinton, from the introduction to You Got to Dance With Them What Brung You
Molly’s writings served as a sort of wake up call for me.Â That if you want the world to be a better place for us and our children, you can’t sit back and “hope for the best.”Â Regardless of being a Democrat or a Republican we need to stand up, be counted and be heard.Â I have always chastised people that I know who don’t vote because of their “what difference does it make” attitude, because I have always known that if you don’t participate, you don’t have a right to complain.Â
“You can’t ignore politics, no matter how much you’d like to. “
What I had failed to grasp, was that I was forgetting to actually use that right to complain.Â To speak out, and to speak up when things are not going right.Â I want this world be as good, if not better for my daughter, as it was for me.Â I will not stop fighting for that goal.Â I will speak up.Â And I will always have Molly to thank for showing me how important that is.
Thank You Molly.Â