There appeared in the 3/26 edition an interesting dichotomy of opinions concerning an earlier letter by Nicholas Zizelis. The letter in question was in the 3/7 edition titled “GOP straying from party’s core values.”
President Clinton was the first former president in history of either party to be honored with the esteemed Lincoln Leadership Prize. His letter lauded the praise and honor bestowed upon President Bill Clinton as, “defining the very characteristics of President Lincoln’s legacy as one of the great leaders of our country.”
One of the two letters said he just “had to laugh” at the thought of “the great philanderer Bill Clinton receiving a prize from the Lincoln Library Foundation.” Obviously Frank P. Messano, president of the Maspeth Republican Club, feels he is far wiser than the Lincoln Library Foundation.
He believes that he should be the arbiter as to who has earned the esteem to have this rare Republican honor bestowed upon them. As Mr. Messano so acutely points out, “Lincoln was president 100 years ago, but issues were different then”.
Issues have and will always be different, but honor is timeless and should not be discarded as one should a bitter cup of tea.
On the other hand, there was another letter from Zack Pal, who did not find fault with the Lincoln Library Foundation “presenting this rare tribute” to Clinton.
Indeed, he points out that the spouse of the “philanderer” is also highly regarded and polls handily ahead of all Republican presidential candidates, even in the states of current neo-conservative heroes such as Ryan and Walker of Wisconsin.
Indeed, “GOP straying from party’s core values.”