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Molly Don't Leave Us
We've lost a great journalist at a time when we can least afford it. As our so-called leaders ran and hid like cowards, and continue to equivocate and pile on the nonsense, Molly Ivins stood up and told the truth, loudly and clearly. She coined the term "Shrub" as a reference to Dubya, and was relentless in her criticism of cowardly Democrats. She died too young last Wednesday, and in her honor I've written a new song, "Molly Don't Leave Us."

Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. -- Molly Ivins, in her last column.

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From: laurie_daniels Date: February 4th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just downloaded this, and I think you did right by her life and memory. At the very least. :)
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 5th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Laurie! How've you been?
doodlegoat From: doodlegoat Date: February 5th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom Lehrer has said, "I'm not tempted to write a song about George W. Bush. I couldn't figure out what sort of song I would write. That's the problem: I don't want to satirise George Bush and his puppeteers, I want to vaporise them." I got that from Wikipedia but it is referenced.

How are you supposed to make a cow painted with pink and yellow polka dots, given as a wedding present, look ridiculous? Satire requires some intelligence, and shared values, on the part of the audience. If they don't consider such a gift ridiculous, there's nothing you can do to make it more so.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 5th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nobody said satire is easy, but I can think of few things more effective in making change. Just in the last few months, it's wiped out John Warner's chances at the presidency, and probably Joe Biden's as well. It's a close call whether fundamentalist opposition or mockery will drive Ghouliani out of the race first. And the right has been making effective use of it for years.

steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: February 5th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should add, I think that quote is primarily evidence of Tom Lehrer's waning abilities as a songwriter. This is a guy who regularly lampooned people like Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger; it's an exercise in extreme arrogance to believe that things now are the worst they've ever been, or that the modern villains are evil in some way that no one has ever been before. Satirizing Shrub is both possible and effective, as has been demonstrated not only by Molly Ivins, but by Stewart and Colbert and a host of others.
From: narode Date: February 6th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Molly Ivins

Your song is a very effective tribute to Ivins' courage and skill.
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