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Joseph Thomas Klein

Other , Wisconsin


Joseph Thomas Klein
Repr. to the Assembly, Dist. 19

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1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.


2. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.


3. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.


4. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.


5. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.


6. People should be able to vote without photo identification.


7. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


8. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Disagree

9. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.


10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.


11. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.


12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.


13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.


14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.


15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.


16. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.


17. Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.


18. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?

The founders reflected enlightenment values, but cannot be defined by a single concept. The Constitution is somewhat modeled on Jefferson's and Madison's interpretation of Montesquieu Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline - which is based on the writings of Polybius. The model argued by both Montesquieu and Polybius was a mix of democracy, kingship, and aristocracy -- with checks and balances. The goal was to prevent a tyrannical executive.

19. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

Voters, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court.

20. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

I support the law as defined by roe v wade, a women's right to choose during the first trimester.

21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe we should show compassion toward all human beings. I believe we are obligated to defend the social and civil rights of all people. I believe we are obligated to help those who are less off and give them the tools and support required to build useful and productive lives. We should encourage all people to perform acts of charity and civic good.


  • UWM, Milwaukee, BA, 2008
Work & Military
  • Wisconsin National Guard, SFC, 22
  • St. Casimir Catholic Church, Parish Council (former)
  • Milwaukee County Democratic Party, 4th CD delegate (former)
  • Milwaukee Unix Users Goup, President (former)
  • CWA Local 37083, Member
  • Wisconsin Pirate Party, Member
  • Cambridge Woods Neighborhood Association, President (former)
  • County Executive, Sought 2004

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