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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 salutes James Beaver, born this day of 1837. As a young lawyer, he enlisted in a militia company led by Andrew Curtin, a future Republican Governor of Pennsylvania. At the outset of the Civil War, his 2nd... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan praises Alvah Sabin, born this day of 1793. After enlisting in the Vermont militia during the War of 1812, he attended a seminary before graduating from what would become George Washington University in Washington, DC. He then... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors James Grimes, born in New Hampshire this day of 1816. He attended Dartmouth University but left before graduating. The following year, he moved to frontier Iowa. He passed the bar there and settled at Burlington. Focused... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan remembers Sarah Palin's first appearance on Saturday Night Live, this day of 2008. Opening the show was a chat between her and Lorne Michaels, while Tina Fey impersonated her on stage. Palin then walked on stage, and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan honors James Garfield, born this day of 1865. His father, the future president, was a congressman at the time. Years later, he was with him waiting for a train when the assassination occurred. Grand Old Partisan at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan laments an outrageous instance of Democrat racism. On this day of 1901, Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House. Democrats across the country denounced the Republican president for this gesture of respect... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan salutes Nathaniel Grigsby, a great Republican, born this day of 1811. In death, he became famous for the classic epitaph on his tombstone: "Through this inscription I wish to enter my dying protest against what is called... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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Grand Old Partisan commemorates a Republican victory over Democrat racism. On this day of 1866, John Geary was elected Governor of Pennsylvania. The Republican nominee had overcome hateful, racist Democrats who run a hateful, racist campaign including this barbaric handbill:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Grand Old Partisan
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What an honor it was for me to meet Justice Clarence Thomas, at a reception in the home of Armstrong Williams this day in 2007. I thanked him for citing my book, Back to Basics for the Republican Party, in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 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