Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist today released the following statement on the passing of Robert Novak:

With the passing of Robert Novak, journalism lost an honest giant and the forces for freedom in America and the world are lessened.

Bob Novak was a powerful reporter and columnist who, unlike almost everyone who ever used the following phrase: "spoke truth to power."  He understood liberty is indivisible.  He knew the First and Second Amendments are both in the Bill of Rights and that the right to earn a living, own property and make contracts are all part of human freedom. He lived in a profession that when counting the Bill of Rights often cannot count past one, but he spoke and wrote for the liberty of all men and women in their economic, political, and spiritual lives.