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  • Expulsion of Senator Durbin?

    06/19/2005 1:01:37 PM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 63 replies · 1,782+ views
    Back to Basics for the Republican Party ^ | June 19, 2004 | MIchael Zak
    "Jesse D. Bright, the traitor, is hereby and forthwith expelled from the United States Senate." -- Senate Resolution, passed in 1862
  • Maryland Democrats bertate Steele, not Deans' Stance

    06/12/2005 7:28:48 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 5 replies · 382+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 11, 2005 | S.A. Miller
    The Maryland Democratic Party is calling for an apology from Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele for endorsing a book by an author who accuses Democrats of exploiting blacks but is declining to seek an apology from national party Chairman Howard Dean for describing Republicans as a 'white Christian party.' Mr. Lierman this week began circulating a letter asking fellow Democrats to sign a petition calling on Mr. Steele, a Republican, to apologize for praising the book Back to Basics for the Republican Party, by Michael Zak. The book celebrates the Republican Party's anti-slavery founders and urges Republicans to challenge Democratic...
  • the Republicans created Memorial Day

    05/30/2005 6:36:20 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 10 replies · 550+ views
    Lincoln-Reagan Freedom Foundation ^ | May 30, 2005 | Michael Zak
    As America honors its fallen military heroes this Memorial Day, Republicans can be proud that the holiday was established by one of their own, Senator John Logan (R-IL). Logan Circle in Washington, DC and Logan Square in Chicago were named after him. As head of the Grand Army of the Republic, an early veterans organization, John Logan proclaimed that on May 30, 1868 Americans should honor the soldiers and sailors who died in the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers. Five thousand people came to Arlington National Cemetery for the first Memorial Day ceremony. The principal speaker that...
  • "Back to Basics for the Republican Party" author to be on RightTalk radio program tomorrow, May 17

    05/16/2005 8:19:00 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 198+ views
    Congress of Racial Equality ^ | May 16, 2005 | Michael Zak
    CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY New York City, NY – Joining us this week will be Michael Zak, author and Executive Director of the Lincoln-Reagan Freedom Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a greater appreciation for the heritage of the Republican Party. We will discuss his book, “Back to Basics for the Republican Party”, a history of the GOP. To learn more, please select the following: http://www.www.republicanbasics.com http://www.lincolnreaganfoundation.org “The CORE Hour” airs live every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on the internet at www.RIGHTALK.com and is replayed over the weekend.
  • For Filibuster, The Senator Goes Nuclear (The Nuclear Option originated on Free Republic)

    04/29/2005 3:38:17 PM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 35 replies · 1,331+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | April 29, 2005 | Alicia Colon
    The idea for implementing such a motion probably originated with an Internet posting on a conservative Web site written in 2003 by the author of “Back to Basics for the Republican Party,” Michael Zak, who has done extensive research on the GOP’s historical support for civil rights. The article brought Mr. Zak to the attention of the director of outreach at the Senate Policy Committee, Barbara Ledeen. Mr.Zak later explained his idea to a policy adviser in the office of the Senate majority leader, Senator Frist of Tennessee. Mr. Zak also sent his option idea by e-mail to several key...
  • Introducing the Lincoln-Reagan Freedom Foundation

    03/17/2005 8:14:05 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 125 replies · 8,848+ views
    Lincoln-Reagan Freedom Foundation ^ | March 17, 2005 | Michael Zak
    The Lincoln-Reagan Freedom Foundation is dedicated to promoting greater appreciation for the heritage of the Republican Party, founded as a civil rights movement in 1854. This "Grand Old Party" has an extraordinary, though overlooked, record of achievement in advancing civil rights in the United States and around the world. Celebrating a Century and a Half of Civil Rights Achievement by the Republican Party For the past century and a half, the Republican Party has proven to be the most effective political organization ever to champion equality and human rights in the United States and around the world. From President Lincoln's...
  • 2005 Republican Freedom Calendar

    11/14/2004 1:20:28 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 39 replies · 3,101+ views
    House Republican Policy Committee ^ | August 4, 2004 | House Republican Policy Committee
    In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Republican Party, the Republican Policy Committee has produced the 2005 Republican Freedom Calendar, to put some of the many important Republican achievements in advancing civil rights before today's students, families, and citizens from all walks of life who wish to be better informed about our national heritage. The history of our party is as remarkable as it is untold. And it is under-appreciated for that reason. In 1854, anti-slavery activists organized themselves into a new political party, the Republican Party, which would eventually become the mightiest force for individual liberty in the...
  • Race and the GOP

    03/14/2004 3:42:45 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 9 replies · 56+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | March 45, 2004 | Alicia Colon
    Race and the GOP, by ALICIA COLON The numbers for Tuesday's Democratic primary are shocking. Roughly 700,000 of the 5 million-plus registered voters bothered to vote. If I were the DNC, I would be concerned about the upcoming election. Their almost-crowned candidate, John Kerry, had the hilarity to suggest that he would be following in President Clinton's footsteps to be the second black president. Poor Reverend Al Sharpton couldn't even get more than 8% in his home base and yet the multimillionaire Mr. Kerry thinks he can relate to the black community as well as po' boy Clinton. I live...
  • Freeper to have a book signing at CPAC

    01/22/2004 9:57:17 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 4 replies · 121+ views
    Conservative Poltical Action Conference ^ | January 22, 2004 | Michael Zak
    This Saturday at 11am (not 9:30) I -- aka Grand_Old_Partisan -- will have a book signing at CPAC for the third edition of my acclaimed history of the GOP, "Back to Basics for the Republican Party".
  • The Beginning of a French Jihad?

    01/13/2004 7:18:39 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 1 replies · 92+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 13, 2004 | Walid Phares
    When President Jacques Chirac delivered his televised speech about the Hijab (female Muslim scarf) in France, I believed there would be an immediate Jihad against France. I anticipated a wide array of Jihadist offensives against Paris. My primary analytical reason was the strategic importance of the scarf to Islamic fundamentalists worldwide.
  • When Lincoln Returned to Richmond

    12/24/2003 10:30:18 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 566 replies · 236+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/29/03 | Andrew Ferguson
    Abraham Lincoln, with his son Tad in tow, walked around Richmond, Virginia, one day 138 years ago, and if you try to retrace their steps today you won't see much that they saw, which shouldn't be a surprise, of course. The street grid is the same, though, and if you're in the right mood and know what to look for, the lineaments of the earlier city begin to surface, like the outline of a scuttled old scow rising through the shallows of a pond. Among the tangle of freeway interchanges and office buildings you'll come across an overgrown park or...
  • S.C. Nixes Honor for Confederates

    09/30/2003 11:48:43 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 35 replies · 197+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2003 | staff writer
    The eight crewmen of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley will not lie in state at the South Carolina Statehouse, a lawmaker said. Reports that the crew would be brought to the Statehouse drew criticism from business and civil rights leaders who said it would be disrespectful to have Confederates honored in the building.
  • Key California Republican Backs Schwarzenegger

    09/23/2003 12:00:20 PM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 158 replies · 342+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 23, 2003 | staff writer
    A top California Republican endorsed Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor on Tuesday, stepping up pressure on the party's only other major candidate to drop out of the race. State Senate Republican leader Jim Brulte said he had concluded that his Senate colleague Tom McClintock could not win in a crowded field of replacement candidates hoping to take office should a recall against Governor Gray Davis on October 7 succeed.
  • Credit where Credit is Due: the Republicans Passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act

    08/08/2003 7:37:06 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 18 replies · 543+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | August 8, 2003 | Michael Zak
    During the Kennedy administration, the Republican minority in Congress introduced many bills to protect the constitutional rights of blacks, including a comprehensive new civil rights bill. In February 1963, to head off a return by most blacks to the party of Lincoln, Kennedy abruptly decided to submit to Congress a new civil rights bill. Hastily drafted in a single all-nighter, the Kennedy bill fell well short of what our Party had introduced into Congress the month before. Over the next several months, Democrat racists in Congress geared up for a protracted filibuster against the civil rights bill. The bill was...
  • Missionaries Under Cover (Should Christains Convert Moslems?)

    06/24/2003 2:54:53 PM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 29 replies · 309+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | June 30, 2003 | David Van Biema
    Growing numbers of Evangelicals are trying to spread Christianity in Muslim lands. But is this what the world needs now? By David Van Biema Posted Sunday, June 22, 2003; 12:31 p.m. EST She wasn't a Muslim, but she would do for now. Last March, at just about the time American troops were massing outside Baghdad, she shuffled, dressed in a dark burqa, into a cramped schoolroom in the New York City borough of Queens. The class she was addressing was organized by the U.S. Center for World Mission and packed with eager evangelical Christian students wanting to learn how to...
  • Credit where Credit is Due: the Republicans passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act

    05/08/2003 5:19:37 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 4 replies · 938+ views
    Back to Basics for the Republican Party ^ | May 8, 2003 | Michael Zak
    Credit Where Credit Is Due: The Republicans Passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act by Michael Zak During the Kennedy administration, the Republican minority in Congress introduced many bills to protect the constitutional rights of blacks, including a comprehensive new civil rights bill. In February 1963, to head off a return by most blacks to the party of Lincoln, Kennedy abruptly decided to submit to Congress a new civil rights bill. Hastily drafted in a single all-nighter, the Kennedy bill fell well short of what our Party had introduced into Congress the month before. Over the next several months, Democrat racists...
  • Local Democratic Party Chairman Resigns

    05/02/2003 11:35:53 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 24 replies · 233+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2003 | staff writer
    D.C. Democratic Party Chairman Norman Neverson angered party officials when he told the Washington City Paper that he would have voted for the three-fifths compromise. That's the clause in the original Constitution that counted slaves as three-fifths of a person for apportionment and taxation purposes. Neverson told party leaders Thursday night that he's resigning for the good of the party. He said again that he was speaking from the perspective of the framers of the Constitution, and that the remark was taken out of contest and misunderstood. Neverson said the Democratic Party needs to deal with issues such as school...
  • Christian Missionaries Already Making Gains in Muslem Countries

    04/20/2003 11:27:51 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 12 replies · 197+ views
    Assocated Press ^ | April `19, 2003 | Rachel Zoll
    With allied troops in control of Iraq, many Muslims worry another invasion will soon follow, this time by U.S.-based Christian evangelists trying to spread their faith throughout the country. But the truth is that the missionaries' work has already begun.
  • Grand Old Partisan's CPAC interview

    03/29/2003 1:59:45 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 143+ views
    Free Republic ^ | March 29, 2003 | Michael Zak
    Fellow FReepers know me, Michael Zak, as "Grand Old Partisan". My CPAC interview is the fifth one down, along with the link to http://www.republicanbasics.com/ -- the website for "Back to Basics for the Republican Party", the acclaimed history of the GOP from the Republican point of view.
  • Vice President Cheney can order an immediate vote to confirm Miguel Estrada

    02/27/2003 8:11:30 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 74 replies · 233+ views
    Back to Basics forthe Republican Party ^ | February 28, 2003 | Michael Zak
    Another card for the Republicans to play is for Vice President Cheney to assert a long-dormant power as President of the Senate. The last time this was done was by Vice President Nixon, who ordered the 1957 Civil Rights bill directly to the Senate floor, by-passing the Judiciary Committee. How do I know this? I wrote Back to Basics for the Republican Party http://www.republicanbasics.com/ The book is a history of the GOP from the Republican point of view.
  • Vice President Cheney can order a Senate vote on Miguel Estrada

    02/27/2003 7:51:54 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 134 replies · 503+ views
    Back to Basics for the Republican Party ^ | February 27, 2003 | Michael Zak
    Another card for the Republicans to play is for Vice President Cheney to assert a long-dormant power as President of the Senate. The last time this was done was by Vice President Nixon, who ordered the 1957 Civil Rights bill directly to the Senate floor, by-passing the Judiciary Committee. How do I know this? I wrote Back to Basics for the Republican Party (http://www.republicanbasics.com/ The book is a history of the GOP from the Republican point of view. Here's how it goes. Dick Cheney takes the chair to preside over the Senate, his rulings being confirmed by simple majority vote,...
  • My CPAC interview will be on Radio Free Republic tonight.

    02/20/2003 8:05:29 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 1 replies · 55+ views
    http://www.republicanbasics.com/ ^ | February 20, 2003 | Michael Zak
    "The Republican Party is the Party of Lincoln." Though Republican candidates may say this occasionally during campaign season, we forget just as soon as they do. What does "Party of Lincoln" actually mean? And more importantly, what should it mean, for us Republicans and the country we love? How many Americans know why the Republican Party began or what its original purpose was? Not many! How many Americans know, for example, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act were reforms that the Republican Party struggled for in vain during the Reconstruction era a hundred years...
  • Abraham Lincoln, Republican

    02/17/2003 9:20:21 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 1,236+ views
    There is a common misconception today, abetted by Democrat-leaning historians who wish to distance Abraham Lincoln from our Republican Party heritage, that with the Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln just waved a presidential wand and freed the slaves. In fact, he was acting on authority granted to him by the Republican Congress in the second Confiscation Act, a copy of which Lincoln appended to the proclamation, stating that slaves held by rebels were to be "forever free". While the Radical Republicans (those radically opposed to slavery) were more eager than he to seize the moment and uproot the entire slave system, there...
  • Author of Lincoln Book Calls Memorial Video "Outrage"

    02/13/2003 2:37:33 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 1 replies · 198+ views
    CNSNews ^ | February 13, 2003 | Marc Morano
    On a day when Americans were celebrating the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the author of a book on the history of the Republican Party was blasting a controversial video that implies the nation's first Republican president would have supported today's liberal causes. Michael Zak, author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, a history of the party from Lincoln to the present day, told CNSNews.com that the video, currently playing at the Lincoln Memorial, was "an outrage." The contents of the video were brought to light in a Feb. 3 CNSNews.com article. Zak spoke at an event honoring Lincoln's...
  • I am an author with a book signing at CPAC.

    01/30/2003 8:19:40 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 13 replies · 405+ views
    I am the author of "Back to Basics for the Republican Party" -- the acclaimed history of the GOP from the Republican point of view. My book signing was 4:15-5pm today, but I'll be at CPAC again on Friday afternoon too. For information about the book, see www.republicanbasics.com.
  • Republicans honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on his Birthday

    01/15/2003 5:13:47 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 14 replies · 407+ views
    January 15, 2003 | Michael Zak
    Republicans honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his Birthday Washington, DC – January 15, 2003 – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Conference for a Republican Majority, Black Republican Women International, Republican Youth Majority, and other Republican organizations met at the National Press Club today to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy and explore ways the Republican Party can contribute toward full implementation of his dream of equal rights for all Americans. The master of ceremonies, William Coleman, former Secretary of Transportation and President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, called upon Republicans, as they honor Dr. King, to...
  • The Dawn of a new Republican Age?

    11/09/2002 11:02:27 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Newhouse News Service ^ | November 9, 2002 | Chuck McCutcheon
    WASHINGTON -- Resurgent and ever-evolving, the Republican Party, born in 1854, has lived through long phases of electoral strength and extended periods of weakness. Now, led by President George W. Bush, it has again left behind minority status to dominate American politics and all three branches of national government, a circumstance interrupted only occasionally during the party's first 70 years. The unanswerable question is whether the Republican triumph in this week's mid-term elections is the start of another such era. Marc Racicot, the Republican national chairman, was temperate in interpreting the election's outcome, reluctant to proclaim the dawn of a...
  • Knowledge is the key to defeating Democrats in 2002

    02/06/2002 9:46:33 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 5 replies · 24+ views
    GOPportal ^ | February 6, 2002 | Sebrina Zerkus Smith
    "Now is the time for Republicans to understand why it is so easy for Democrats to con the public," says Michael Zak, author of Back to Basics For The Republican Party. "The Democrats wage an incessant ideological battle against the Republicans, and we do not fight back -- or even realize what our opponents are doing to us. We lose whenever we do not use truth against their lies, distortions, and spin." According to Zak, Democrats outmaneuver Republicans because we rely on distorted histories written by "lefty" intellectuals for knowledge of our own party. And that ignorance is what allows ...
  • No Founding Fathers? That's our new history.

    01/28/2002 4:33:56 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 110 replies · 1,330+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28, 2002 | Ellen Sorokin
    <p>The Pilgrims and the Mayflower also are excluded, as well as the word "war," which has been replaced with "conflict" in lessons about the early settlers, colonization and expansion.</p> <p>Also gone are most references to the inhumane treatment many American soldiers endured in wars overseas during the 20th century. However, the standards specifically note that students should identify slavery, the Holocaust and modern Iraq as examples "in which people have behaved in cruel and inhumane ways."</p>
  • No Founding Fathers? That's our new history.

    01/28/2002 4:32:40 AM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28, 2002 | Ellen Sorokin
    <p>The Pilgrims and the Mayflower also are excluded, as well as the word "war," which has been replaced with "conflict" in lessons about the early settlers, colonization and expansion.</p> <p>Also gone are most references to the inhumane treatment many American soldiers endured in wars overseas during the 20th century. However, the standards specifically note that students should identify slavery, the Holocaust and modern Iraq as examples "in which people have behaved in cruel and inhumane ways."</p>
  • Grand Old Party

    06/21/2001 6:52:14 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 374+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2001 | Michael Zak
    The Republican Party was born as a protest movement against a very specific outrage perpetrated by the Democrats. The elections of 1852 had given the Democratic Party a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives and nearly so in the Senate. Virtually the first order of business of the new Congress was to repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1820, specifically, the prohibition of slavery in territories north of Arkansas. The Kansas-Nebraska Act, drafted by Stephen Douglas, the Democrat senator from Illinois and owner of a slave plantation in Mississippi, provided that voters in each territory could decide whether or ...
  • Back to Basics for the Republican Party

    12/23/2000 1:38:46 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan
    www.republicanbasics.com ^ | May 2000 | Michael Zak
    During the Kennedy administration, the Republican minority in Congress introduced many bills to protect the constitutional rights of blacks, including a comprehensive new civil rights bill. In February 1963, to head off a return by most blacks to the party of Lincoln, Kennedy abruptly decided to submit to Congress a new civil rights bill. Hastily drafted in a single all-nighter, the Kennedy bill fell well short of what our Party had introduced into Congress the month before. Over the next several months, Democrat racists in Congress geared up for a protracted filibuster against the civil rights bill. The bill was ...
  • The Republicans passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act

    12/23/2000 1:27:59 PM PST · by Grand Old Partisan · 475+ views
    During the Kennedy administration, the Republican minority in Congress introduced many bills to protect the constitutional rights of blacks, including a comprehensive new civil rights bill. In February 1963, to head off a return by most blacks to the party of Lincoln, Kennedy abruptly decided to submit to Congress a new civil rights bill. Hastily drafted in a single all-nighter, the Kennedy bill fell well short of what our Party had introduced into Congress the month before. Over the next several months, Democrat racists in Congress geared up for a protracted filibuster against the civil rights bill. The bill was ...
  • GOP to Declare Political War

    10/24/2000 7:32:54 PM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan
    Insight Magazine ^ | October 24, 2000 | Stephen Goode
    ~snip~ For Michael Zak, the author of "Back to Basics for the Republican Party," a GOP majority also is important, but equally important is that the party renew its commitment to the two principles upon which Zak argues the party always has been based: free-market economics and full constitutional rights for all Americans. ~snip~ The Republican Party has a long tradition of advocacy for — and a record of producing — liberty and progress, a tradition that Zak says is far superior to the statist legacy the Democrats have given the country and far closer to the ideals of the ...
  • Back to Basics for the Republican Party

    10/16/2000 10:24:45 AM PDT · by Grand Old Partisan · 518+ views
    Back to Basics for the Republican Party ^ | May 22, 2000 | Michael Zak
    "The Republican Party is the Party of Lincoln." Though Republican candidates may say this occasionally during campaign season, we forget just as soon as they do. What does "Party of Lincoln" actually mean? And more importantly, what should it mean, for us Republicans and the country we love? How many Americans know why the Republican Party began or what its original purpose was? Not many! How many Americans know, for example, that the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act were reforms that the Republican Party struggled for in vain during the Reconstruction era a hundred ...