Freedom’s inevitable victory will suffer a significant delay due to the passing yesterday of John Berthoud, president of the National Taxpayers Union. John was that all-too-rare combination–a philosophically committed, intellectually powerful, all-around great guy.
I first met John years ago when I was looking for a job. He told me that I was overqualified for an open slot at NTU, but that he’d like to help me. Now, I heard that A LOT in those days. But John was one of the few who really meant it. He helped me in my work many, many times over the years, in myriad ways–phone calls, referrals, invitations, encouragement; if I needed it, I could count on John.
I’m far from the only one. John’s commitment to helping us all help each other, not just saying he would, bore witness to his principled conservatism, for conservatism is about what’s best for people, not just what sounds good. I wish I were more like him.
John’s remarkable ability to bring people together lives on; a FaceBook page in his memory already has dozens of members.
Rest in peace, my happy, valiant friend. Thank you for the foundation you left us. We’ll do our best to build upon it, and hope that our small contributions bring you honor, and happiness.