Thursday, May 27, 2010

Molly Ivins

Here are some quotes from my favorite columnist Molly Ivins. I plan to post some periodically.

• 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.

• In the real world, there are only two ways to deal with corporate misbehavior: One is through government regulation and the other is by taking them to court. What has happened over 20 years of free-market proselytizing is that we have dangerously weakened both forms of restraint, first through the craze for "deregulation" and second through endless rounds of "tort reform," all of which have the effect of cutting off citizens' access to the courts. By legally bribing politicians with campaign contributions, the corporations have bought themselves immunity from lawsuits on many levels.

• It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong.

• It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.

• One function of the income gap is that the people at the top of the heap have a hard time even seeing those at the bottom. They practically need a telescope. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt probably didn't waste a lot of time thinking about the people who built their pyramids, either. OK, so it's not that bad yet -- but it's getting that bad.


lelocolon said...

I am loving this. She had and eye and a tongue to match.

Bob said...

She was really something.

froggy said...

I read one of her books. I think it was 'Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?' She was really unique.

Joy said...

That was a good one. I haven't read all of her books but plan to. So far I've read "Nothin' but Good Times Ahead," "Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush," "You Got to Dance With Them That Brung You," and the one you mentioned. "Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America" and "Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch's Assault on America's Fundamental Rights" sound good. I need to get those.

She had a way of saying things that were spot on. What a mind and sense of humor!

Sam said...

I loved her column in the paper it was something I actually looked forward to reading.

Her and Ann Richards, two Texas gems,both gone to soon.

Marker said...

A national treasure, gone much, much too soon.

Kyle said...

If you wanted perspective wrapped in humor, she was always a good person to turn to.