Encounter Intelligence

Jul 10

The Ugly Card

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about the claims Uglyism made against Encounter Books by Ugly-baiter Gavin McInnes — a severely mediocre-looking man who is not even technically Ugly — in the pages of Street Carnage this week and last.

McInnes’s hateful campaign is just more proof that those using the Ugly card are really the most Uglyist of all. We stand by our statement and we hope you stand with Encounter Books. 



Jun 12

What are High Crimes and Misdemeanors?: Andrew McCarthy Explains What the Founders Really Meant by Impeachment

The following passage is adapted from Faithless Execution: Building the Case for Obama’s Impeachment.

Impeachment is rare in American history. Our last experience of it was an unhappy one: the effort to remove President Bill Clinton from office. That is why, notwithstanding President Barack Obama’s unapologetic lawlessness, the mere mention of impeachment—the constitution’s ultimate response to executive lawlessness—provokes shrieking … and not just from the president’s supporters.

One aspect of our overwrought aversion to impeachment is practical. The Clinton misadventure is misunderstood. The lesson is not that impeachment is never appropriate; it is that impeachment is essentially a political remedy, not a legal one. Clinton’s conduct, while reprehensible, did not involve core presidential responsibilities, so the public was unconvinced that removal was warranted. Absent public will to remove a president, it is a mistake to file articles of impeachment even if impeachable offenses have been committed.

But what are impeachable offenses? This is a second aspect of our aversion to impeachment: the widespread confusion, even ignorance, about “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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Jun 10

The Trouble with Good Intentions: An Interview with Jason L. Riley

"Do nothing with us!" says Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed in an interview with Encounter Books. Riley argues that, in working to provide equality for African Americans, liberals have actually worsened the situation for them. He also explains the difference between “equal opportunity” and “equal outcomes,” and discusses the limitations of the government in providing aid for its citizens. The liberal policies currently in effect are so ineffective, Riley says, we are probably better off with no racial policies at all.
Jason Riley is an editorial board member at the Wall Street Journal, where he has worked since 1994. He is also the author of Let Them In: The case for Open Borders, which argues for a more free-market oriented U.S. immigration policy.​ Please Stop Helping Us is out June 17th. Pre-order it here

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A Political Remedy: Is Andrew C. McCarthy Serious about Impeachment?


What does the president’s oath to “faithfully execute the laws” really mean? In an interview with Encounter Books, Andrew C. McCarthy, author of Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment, discusses President Obama’s “systematic failure to execute the laws faithfully,” and makes the case for the president’s impeachment. McCarthy takes care to distinguish the legal case for impeachment from the “public will” required for its successful execution.  McCarthy argues that Impeachment is the only recourse to the president’s lawlessness, but he stresses that the articles of impeachment should not be filed unless and until there is a strong public will to remove the president—a consensus that must “transcend party lines.”  
McCarthy was a top federal prosecutor in the case against Omar Abdel Rahman, the Blind Sheik, and is currently a senior fellow at National Review Institute and a contributing editor at National Review.​

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Jun 06

“The upshot of my book is not a blood-curdling scream for President Obama’s impeachment. I want to be clear about that. My book argues, and I argue that the best thing for the country would be to induce President Obama to become lawful, that to follow his oath, to faithfully execute the laws and to finish his term that way. I don’t want to be in a country where just because you’re ideologically opposed to the president, that means that we need to impeach the guy. And I don’t begrudge the President having a very different vision for America than I have. What I begrudge him is that he’s going about implementing it lawlessly. And presidential lawlessness is something that’s very important not only in terms of protecting our liberties, but it’s not something that’s a partisan, or should be a partisan issue. The precedents that Obama is setting, the erosion of the separation of power that he is laying the groundwork for is going to be a precedent that’s going to be there for every single president. And every president that comes after Obama is not going to be a liberal Democrat.” — Andrew C. McCarthy on The Hugh Hewitt Show, June 5, 2014