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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 honors David Walbridge, born in Vermont this day of 1802. After twenty-two years in New York state, he moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. There, he achieved success in farming, ranching, flour milling, and road building. An entrepreneur who... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes John Mitchell, born in rural Pennsylvania this day of 1838. A schoolteacher until the Civil War, he served as lieutenant then captain in the 166th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. While a county district attorney, he was elected,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago 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 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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"no man in the State ever had a more secure hold of the popular hearts of Illinois" "eminently faithful, competent and able; combining in an admirable degree the qualities of a very man among men" Grand Old Partisan salutes Richard... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Arthur Boreman, born this day of 1823. He practiced law at Parkersburg, in what is now West Virginia. Beginning in 1855, he served three two-year terms, as a Whig, in the Virginia general assembly. At the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Joseph Warren, born in Maine this day of 1811. He began his journalism career in Bangor, then moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1830. After several years, he moved to Auburn, New York. In 1854, he accepted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates the first convention of the Wisconsin Republican Party. It occurred just a week after the GOP's state kickoff Under the Oaks in Michigan. Anti-slavery newspaper editors who called for this meeting had selected the anniversary of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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In 1854, the Democrats controlling Congress were moving toward passage of their Kansas-Nebraska Act, which expanded slavery into the western territories. The Democratic President at the time, Franklin Pierce, said he would sign the bill into law. The Democratic Party... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 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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[Michael Zak speaking at Ripon's Little Schoolhouse] Grand Old Partisan commemorates this day of 1854 when Alvan Bovay led a gathering of anti-slavery activists in Ripon, Wisconsin. The attendees decided to establish a new political party to unite all opponents... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 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 honors Alexander "Boss" Shepherd, born in Washington, DC this day of 1835. He started his career as a pipe fitter, eventually owning a large plumbing business and then prospering in real estate. At the outset of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 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