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Mark Alexander / May 7, 2021

Woke Supremacists Failed to Cancel Pence

Everything wrong with woke theology — in one letter.

In early January, amid the rude protests ahead of the incoming leftist Biden/Harris regime and the resulting Pelosi/Schumer political theatrics, a news item was largely lost.

As you may recall, Simon & Schuster canceled the publication of a book by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), ironically on The Tyranny of Big Tech. At the time, Hawley responded: “This could not be more Orwellian. … Let me be clear, this is not just a contract dispute. It’s a direct assault on the First Amendment. Only approved speech can now be published. This is the Left looking to cancel everyone they don’t approve of.”

The latest entry in the Leftmedia and BigTech suppression of free speech — the institutional redlining of foundational civil rights affirmed by our First Amendment — was an effort by Simon & Schuster employees to cancel the publication of a book by former Vice President Mike Pence.

Having previously set a precedent with the Hawley cancellation, a group of emotionally incontinent adolescent employees of the big publishing house thought it could cancel the planned publication of two books by Mike Pence. In a “Solidarity With the Workforce” letter to management, these employees outlined their objections to publishing anything from Pence.

That letter is a testament to the absurdity of the current manifestation of woke theology.

The employees declared: “By choosing to publish Mike Pence, Simon & Schuster is generating wealth for a central figure of a presidency that unequivocally advocated for racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Blackness, xenophobia, misogyny, ableism, islamophobia, antisemitism, and violence. This is not a difference of opinions; this is legitimizing bigotry.” They demanded that the publisher “cancel the two-book deal with Mike Pence and do not sign any more book deals with former members of the Trump administration” and “commit to ongoing reevaluations of all clients, authors, distribution deals, and all other financial commitments that promote white supremacist content and/or harm the aforementioned marginalized communities.”

The letter concludes, “We impart to you the sad and unfortunate truth that we are actively making history right now: people will look back on this one day, and see that through our complicity, we chose to be on what is clearly the wrong side of justice.”

Actually, what this letter imparts is the extent to which Trump Derangement Syndrome still manifests in leftist culture.

The Hawley cancellation notwithstanding, Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp responded appropriately (this time): “We come to work each day to publish, not cancel, which is the most extreme decision a publisher can make, and one that runs counter to the very core of our mission to publish a diversity of voices and perspectives. We will, therefore, proceed in our publishing agreement with Vice President Mike Pence.”

As for how this asinine letter, this juvenile example of Marxist cancel culture, will be viewed by people who “will look back on this one day,” it should be viewed then, as now, by those who actually support “Liberty and justice for all,” as yet another example of the current iterations of socialist BIG Lies. There is no “justice” in the absence of Liberty. Thus, Simon & Schuster’s response is on the right side of justice.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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