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Goodbye, my friend

Posted by Ross Kaminsky - September 28, 2007

As someone who's been active in many liberty-focused organizations and met lots of people at think-tanks, activist groups, etc., I felt particularly privileged to know John Berthoud and consider him a friend.

He was truly one of the good guys, generous of spirit, with a great sense of humor, truly brilliant, and devoted to protecting the liberty (and money) of all Americans.

His loss is a true tragedy, both for those of us who were privileged to know him and for all Americans whom, whether they knew it or not, whether they supported NTU or not, John fought for every day of his adult life.

John, you made the world a better place. I know that many of us will endeavor to continue to fight for what you believe. We can only hope to do it as well and as passionately as you did.

We'll miss you, my friend.

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Lori Klein said on Sep 28 2007 at 9:53am
I am deeply saddened at the loss of a dear friend and alley in the fight for limited government and individual liberty. John was one of the few intellectually honest leaders in Washington, D.C. and went against the status quo even among conservatives to stand for what was the best option for our nation, such as the FairTax. He did all he could to educate and keep the feet of our politiicans to the fire for lower taxes and accountability.

John always had a happy smile for all of us and his NTU conference's each year became better under his tutelage. He also was known to stay up with all of us and have fun!

This is a tragic loss of a young life that gave so much and was so loved and respected by those of us who had the privilege to know him and fought beside him to stem the tide of big government.

I will always remember John and NTU as the place where I met my current husband and will miss his bright smile and conspiratorial wink. John is a good man and a man I am honored to call my friend.

Lori Klein