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Mike Binkley

August 23, 2010

Name: Mike Binkley

Age: 64

Birthplace: Ohio

How long have you lived in the 48th District?
three years

Occupation: author, tutor, retired from a 40-year career in business and software project management in the aerospace industry (Logicon, Hughes Aircraft Co. and TRW Inc.) developing, implementing and deploying state-of-the-art systems

Education: bachelor's degree in math at UCLA in 1964

Previously elected or appointed positions: chairman of the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County, editor  of the Los Angeles Libertarian, a 1,000-member newsletter

Community organizations: Libertarian Party of Orange County, Drug Policy Alliance, CATO Institute, Reason Foundation, Landmark Education, YogaWorks

Most critical issue: war -- at home and abroad. Reflecting the collective wisdom of America’s Founders, John Quincy Adams wrote: “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” 
Our Democratic and Republican political establishments have turned the Founders’ wisdom on its head.  They are pursuing the Neocon agenda. Going abroad in search of monsters to destroy has become the organizing principle of their reckless foreign policy. Meanwhile, Presidents Bush and Obama, Democratic and Republican politicians are simultaneously waging a covert, incremental war on Americans’ constitutional rights at home.

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1. Endless war abroad in service to empire

Our Neocon political establishment has deployed our military in 130 countries, where we are taking sides, making enemies and creating the need for a defense budget that almost equals the rest of the world’s combined.

Without public debate and without congressional hearings, our Democratic and Republican politicians have embraced a doctrine known as "the Long War."  It projects an "arc of instability" caused by insurgent groups from Europe to South Asia that will last between 50 and 80 years. They see Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as just "small wars in the midst of a big one."  (Source: the 2006 and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Reviews, the nation’s long-term military blueprint)

Since his election, Obama, the self-styled "peace" candidate, has ordered a "surge" (read: escalation) of the wars in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. 

2. Laying the groundwork for a police state: the Neocons’ war on the Constitution

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