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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 commemorates a classic speech by a future Republican President. On this day of 1877, U.S. Representative James Garfield (R-OH) observed that: "There was a time when the Democratic Party was a party of ideas. No party ever... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Edwin Cowles, born near Ashtabula, Ohio this day of 1825. A strident abolitionist, he became one of the nation's most influential journalists. His newspaper would evolve into the Cleveland Plain Dealer. By 1855, the Republican Party... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates wartime heroics by a future Republican President, at the Battle of Antietam this day of 1862. William McKinley was commissary sergeant of the 23rd Ohio when his commander observed: "It was nearly dusk when we heard... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Charles Crocker, born in upstate New York this day of 1822. He dropped out of school at age twelve and at fourteen moved to Indiana. There, he worked on a farm until finding his calling in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He notes that most were established by Republicans. On this day of 1981, President Ronald Reagan established the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to increase African-American... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan praises Winnifred Huck, born in Chicago this day of 1882. She would be the third woman - as well as the first wife and mother - elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Her father, William Mason,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes James Lewis, born on a Mississippi plantation this day of 1833. He worked on riverboats in his youth. In 1862, he fled to Union-occupied New Orleans. For the next two years, he served as a captain... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan lauds Georgia Douglas Johnson, born this day in 1877. She was the celebrated African-American poet of the Harlem Renaissance Movement. Following the death of her husband, Henry Lincoln Johnson, a prominent African-American Republican in the Taft and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Three years ago, Grand Old Partisan addressed the Austin Republican Women. He explained how Republicans would benefit tremendously from appreciating our party's heritage. The club extended another invitation, for this Thursday. Topics included unifying the GOP, resisting Obama's tyrannical tendencies,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan was present for Arnold Schwartzenegger's classic speech at the Republican National Convention. On this day of 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger said: Thank you very much. Thank you. What a greeting. What a greeting. Wow! This -- This is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 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