With the rise in the popularity of the Tea Party this year, John would often attend many rallies dressed as Benjamin Franklin, and always prepared to fight for his conservative beliefs. What made John such a wonderful writer was that even though he considered himself a Republican, he loved America much more than anything, other than his family, and he believed that both sides had something to offer to improve things in the United States.
John’s lively columns with our paper stirred debate, but in a good way. He would give you his arguments, then smile and allow you to give your feelings and beliefs as well. He may have disagreed with you about politics, but there was nothing disagreeable about his personality or his style. He was a real gentleman.
An author of eight books, which range from fiction to an annotated version of Tom Paine’s most famous writings and to political history, his vast knowledge of so many subjects would often disarm his political allies and those who were against his political views. John loved writing, he loved politics, but unlike so many on both sides of the political spectrum today, he liked debate and discourse with honor and respect.
Even while John was going through treatments for his illness, the man we consider a journalistic giant, was doing his best writing on the many facets of today’s political situation. Never was John afraid to debate against or give an interview to someone of a different political persuasion. He was not only a strong advocate for the Republican Party, but he will be remembered as a man who loved everyone, whether they agreed with him or not. A friend of John’s, Ralph Roberts posted the following message on a political blog that says it best: “He truly was a good man and not enough people on either side listened to him. Our loss.”
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