WASHINGTON – Both major-party presidential candidates should be rejected at the polls this November, writes Joseph Farah, founder and editor of the largest independent news source on the Internet in an unusual new book hitting bookstores nationwide in three weeks and available now exclusively through WND's online store.
"None of the Above" is the first book of its kind in modern U.S. history – calling for Americans to send a message to the Democratic and Republican parties that they will not vote for candidates who do not honor and uphold the principles of the Constitution. Farah believes 2008 could be transformed into a history-making year in American politics if his book inspires millions to take up his challenge.
"As long as Americans continue to accept the failed choices of the two major parties, our country is going to be served up nominees representing the lowest common denominator of acceptability," he says. "That's what the notion of voting for the lesser of two evils every four years gives us – continually declining standards of leadership."
Farah devotes chapters to explaining why both Barack Obama and John McCain are unqualified for the office and will each lead the country in the wrong direction – further from the uniquely American concepts of self-government, personal responsibility, national sovereignty and individual rights.
"Voting for a bad candidate of either party is the surest way to waste your vote," Farah says. "If you want to promote real positive political change in America in 2008, the best way is to reject them both – choosing a third-party alternative or writing in another choice. Just imagine the message this will send the Republican and Democratic party establishments if millions of us do that."
At the same time, "None of the Above" strongly encourages participation in the election and makes the case for cleaning house of deeply flawed, entrenched incumbents in Congress who also exceed their authority under the Constitution.
"What I am proposing is truly a radical agenda for 2008 and beyond," says Farah. "We need a grass-roots uprising of Americans who are willing to hold candidates to a higher standard than we have been setting for at least the last 20 years."
Farah understands his campaign will not prevent one of the two major-party candidates from being elected president in 2008. But he says this kind of political mobilization is necessary to provide Americans better choices in the future.
"Barack Obama is possibly the worst major-party candidate ever to be nominated to run for the presidency," he says. "I understand his still largely unknown but extremist views will hurt the country. But, as I explain in my book, McCain will actually be worse for the country in the long run. A victory by McCain, whose positions on many of the major issues of the day parallel Obama's, will actually forestall the day of reckoning America desperately needs to right its teetering ship of state."
Here's the way that works, according to Farah: He compares the 2008 presidential election to the one in 1976 pitting non-elected President Gerald R. Ford against a largely unknown newcomer named Jimmy Carter.
"Gerald Ford didn't stand for much except business as usual," Farah recalls. "He was part of the Washington establishment and people wanted change. They wanted a fresh face. They were sick of the corruption of Washington. So they chose Jimmy Carter and stuck with a Congress dominated by Democrats. Within four years, Americans realized they had made a terrible mistake. The economy was in tatters. American prestige was at an all-time low. Americans were held hostage in Iran. The Soviet Union was on the move around the world. Even Jimmy Carter recognized there was a 'malaise' affecting the entire country – he just didn't realize he had caused it."
Americans knew who to blame in 1980. Ronald Reagan was elected in a landslide victory – an eventuality that was unlikely without Americans experiencing the pain of Jimmy Carter's failed leadership and the failed policies of the Democrats in Congress, Farah explains.
"Now think what will happen if John McCain is elected in 2008 and, as is likely, Democrats maintain control of both houses of Congress," Farah postulates. "Americans won't know who to blame for the failed policies that will result. In all likelihood, the Democrats will be able to blame McCain. That will result in a more experienced and polished Obama running successfully in 2012. In other words, a McCain victory just delays the day of reckoning."
Furthermore, Farah says, if he is elected, McCain will transform the Republican Party into his own image.
He adds: "If he wins, McCain will be able to say convincingly: 'See, this is the way for Republicans to win. We need to reach across the aisles. We need to moderate our views. We need to be more like the other party. We need to build a bigger tent.' There will be little opportunity for the next Ronald Reagan – if there is to be one -- to emerge in 2012."
Farah believes whoever wins among the two major-party candidates will lead America in the wrong direction.
"How can any of us be a part of knowingly sending America on the wrong course?" he asks. "I believe there is a better way."
"None of the Above" will be hitting bookstores across the nation Aug. 19 – and Farah promises he will do his best to get the message out in a book tour beginning on that date. However, WND visitors don't have to wait. The book is available now from the WND online store and – for a limited time only – each copy is signed personally by Farah and is accompanied by a magnetized bumper sticker bearing the slogan, "None of the Above." That's an extra $5.95 value absolutely free.
"There's never been a book like 'None of the Above' in modern American political history," says Farah. "That's because there's never been a moment like this in modern American political history. We can go to the polls like lemmings on Nov. 4 and choose the lesser of two true evils. Or we can take a stand against evil and reject them both. I believe God will honor our collective decisions to reject evil and bless this nation."
Joseph Farah will begin media promotion of his new book Aug. 19, the official date of release into bookstores nationwide. If you would like to book him for a media appearance, please contact M. Sliwa Public Relations.