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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 Jerome Chaffee, born in Niagara County, New York this day of 1825. He moved to Michigan, then Missouri, then Kansas, before settling in Colorado just before the Civil War. He was one of the first residents... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Francis Springer, born in Maine this day of 1811. As a young lawyer, he moved to the frontier town of Wapello, Iowa. Two years later, in 1840, he was elected, as a Whig, to the territorial... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Redfield Proctor Jr., born this day in 1879. He was one of four Republican family members elected Governor of Vermont. Proctor served in the U.S. Army during WWI, with the rank of captain. While serving on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors Mary White Ovington, born in Brooklyn this day of 1865. Her parents were abolitionists. In 1890, a speech by Republican civil rights hero Frederick Douglass inspired Ovington to become an activist for racial equality. She credited... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Lew Wallace, born this day in 1827. Though originally a Whig himself, this son of a Whig governor of Indiana joined the Free Soil Party. While editing an anti-slavery newspaper, the Free Soil Banner, he met... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 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
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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
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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
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Newsweek wants Americans to believe that Barack Obama is divine, heaven-sent, a god. The magazine's cover this week three years ago portrayed him as a Hindu diety, Shiva, juggling the many responsibilities of office. Let's leave aside any notion that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan
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"Michael Zak wrote a great book, Back to Basics for the Republican Party. A great book! Was true then as it is true now. I would suggest you so-called Republicans read it and maybe learn something from it. I’m referring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan
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On this day in 1994, Ronald Reagan wrote his farewell message to the American people, which concluded: "Let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan
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Being a Democrat, the current President of the United States is in the Party of Jim Crow. Barack Obama should resign from that organization which imposed brutal oppression on African-Americans for decades after they were emancipated by the GOP. Michael... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan
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My father, George Zak, of blessed memory, authored Soldier Boy: a Memoir of Life and Death and Survival during WWII. It tells the story of his capture by the Nazis and escape from the Soviets. This is my review of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at Grand Old Partisan