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Grand Old Partisan
Washington, DC
I am a public speaker to conservative organizations and the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party.
Interests: the heritage of the Republican Party
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Grand Old Partisan lauds Alexander Hamilton Rice, born this day of 1818. He achieved considerable success in producing and distributing paper products throughout New England. At age 35, he entered local politics and won the first of several terms on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the most important of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. On this day of 1858, Abraham Lincoln challenged the incumbent U.S. Senator at their second debate. Stephen Douglas, a slaveholder, had been responsible for passage of the infamous law... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the founding of the Nebraska Republican Party, on this day in 1859. Meeting at Bellevue, delegates called for the support of all "those citizens of Nebraska who disapprove the policy of the national government during the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors James Edmunds, born in upstate New York this day of 1810. He taught school at Niagara before moving to Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1831. There, he became a successful lumber merchant as well as inspector of public... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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On this day in 1920, H. L. Mencken wrote: "When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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It is "the story of the planned decline of the United States that is now in progress." It "celebrates and promotes the worst pathologies in society in an effort to kill the American experiment in self-government." It is "a vast,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery. This day in 1864, U.S. Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs authorized military burials on the grounds of Arlington House, across the river from Washington, DC. The plantation had belonged to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Described as a "brilliantly orchestrated criminal organization" that is "part political group, part crime syndicate, part terrorist organization," it has extorted billions of dollars in protection mpnet from banks and other corporations, with the government paying billions more. Law enforcement... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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This week, an acquaintance from way back when emailed me an appreciation of Back to Basics for the Republican Party: "Hello Mike Zak, I found your book a great read as well as a great condensed history lesson. A very... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Leaving aside that they are not White House correspondents, Republican honchos and staffers should not have debased themselves by attending the White House Correspondents Dinner. It was disheartening to see them socializing with the Obama administration and yukking it up... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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While campaigning this weekend for Rep. Dave Joyce - who won his primary - Grand Old Partisan visited the Mentor, Ohio home of President James Garfield. Here is Michael Zak on the site of the first-ever 'front porch' campaign. This... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan congratulates U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, winner of the Republican primary today in Ohio's 14th congressional district. The former county prosecutor is now on track for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. I volunteered for... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates a classic denunciation of the Democratic Party's pro-slavery policies. On this day in 1860, Rep. Benjamin Stanton (R-OH) said truth to power on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives: "We are now, probably for... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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The Blaze has posted an article quoting Michael Zak about Back to Basics for the Republican Party, his history of GOP civil rights achievement: Who’s Really Responsible for the Civil Rights Act? In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
Indeed, the true heritage of our Grand Old Party is a gold mine of opportunities for countering Democrat lies. You could ask your contacts among the conservative punditry to help spread the word about Back to Basics for the Republican Party.
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Politico has posted an interesting article about a new book on the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Todd Purdum describes William McCullough as "The Republican Who Saved Civil Rights." He credits the Ohio congressman for helping to pass the 1964 Civil... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Today, Republicans celebrate - or should celebrate - the 160th anniversary of our Grand Old Party. Today, the GOP enters its seventeenth decade. Our party's heritage IS the moral high ground, and ignoring it costs us the political initiative. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Readers of my Grand Old Partisan blog sometimes e-mail me to trash the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (R-IL). Not content to recycle the same-old same-old absurd insults (dictator, tyrant, warmonger, racist and so on), some of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan had the honor of attending the RNC's Black Republican Trailblazers event on Tuesday. The venue was DC's legendary Howard Theatre, graced throughout the decades by Booker Washington, Duke Ellington and other luminaries. link to RNC story Receiving... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan contrasts the honesty and optimism that was Ronald Reagan with Obama: "Today marks my first State of the Union address to you, a constitutional duty as old as our Republic itself." "President Washington began this tradition in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Re-published from my blog on this day four years ago: "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever." Michael Zak is a popular speaker to Republican organizations around the country.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan
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On this day in 2009, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) said that people who oppose socialized medicine are comparable to those opposed freeing the slaves. Another outrageous lie from the Democrats! Years later, Democrats are hurling similar lies about Obamacare. Just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan
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On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment -- abolishing slavery -- became part of the Constitution -- when ratified by three-quarters of the states. Despite protests from the Democrats, the Republican Party made banning slavery part of its national... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan
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Michael Zak's message of opportunity is that Republicans would benefit tremendously from appreciating the heritage of our Grand Old Party. Among his speech topics are: Appreciating the Heritage of our Grand Old Party Reconciling the Tea Party and the GOP... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan
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As explained in my book, Back to Basics for the Republican Party, the GOP is outmaneuvered constantly because Republican leaders do not really appreciate our party's heritage. Flinching away from using harsh truths against the Democrats results in mush and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan