Douglas MacKinnon

As a conservative author and writer, I’ve always been well aware that for the most part, mainstream publishing leans left to far-left. Even at that, I’ve managed to publish novels with conservative themes which have gone on to sell very well.

My surprise and disappointment came about when I floated the idea to major literary agents and book editors of a fictional character who proudly -- and with no hint of political correctness -- wore his deep belief in traditional values prominently upon his sleeve. Not only did they immediately turn a cold shoulder to the very idea, but I could tell that my lead character in “Vengeance Is Mine” made their pasty and pampered liberal skin crawl.

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Why? To be sure, they did not like the fact that he is Pro-life, Pro-guns, Pro-Sovereign borders, Pro-lower taxes, Pro-smaller government, Anti-Muslim Fanatics, Anti-Socialism and Anti-Illegal Aliens. The basic premise of the novel being that twenty years earlier Ian Wallace (the main character) worked for the CIA but left after his life and dreams were all but destroyed in a dark prison cell in Moscow at the hands of a ruthless KGB Colonel. Today, that Colonel is part of the Russian Mafia and is about to set foot in Boston – the hometown of Wallace. Decision time. Does Wallace take this opportunity to seek vengeance? And if so, will his actions compromise national security while putting the lives of many others at risk?

What I suspect sent these liberal agents and editors over the edge was the fact that within “Vengeance Is Mine,” both Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter are taken to task for conduct detrimental to the security and wellbeing of our Republic. Liberal agents and editors will gleefully allow other liberals to falsely smear conservatives and Christianity in novels and film, but go absolutely moonbat should a conservative dare to tell the truth about the Messiah Obama or his ideological mentor, Jimmy Carter.

For instance, the main character in “Vengeance Is Mine” is a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment and makes this observation when meeting a friend about the right to carry firearms and the current occupant of the Oval Office:

“He had carried a red NIKE gym bag into the house with him, which he promptly put on the sofa and opened. Out of this, he produced a six pack of COORS. His next trick was to pull out a broken down Remington 1100 auto-loading shotgun.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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