Molly Ivins, has been for me a political mentor of sorts. I've never met her before, it's that her columns and books have served as the backdrop for my own interest in politics ever since I was in high school.
Her columns always had wit and were dead on even when funny (in that sort of how can politics be that way kind of funny). And her clarity about Bush and the war and the issue of torture was a dose of truth which in the early days of this disaster was hard to find.
Even though she just lost her battle with breast cancer, hopefully her spirit and her sense of the absurd remains a part of those fighting for a better world. Her last column has these parting words for us, a challenge of sorts worth taking on:
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.