The Freshman | Episode 1: Swearing In

Welcome to the 116th Congress. Rep. Denver Riggleman (VA-5) is swearing in, and it’s his first time in elected office. In this new series, Free the People chronicles the life of a freshman in U.S. Congress. Learning the ropes, staying true to his principles, and trying to work with everyone—Republican or Democrat—what could go wrong?

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Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer of Free the People. He is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author, and political commentator. He also known for his podcast, Kibbe on Liberty.

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  • I am excited about this new program that let us see what happens with the freshman. I know I have heard some real horror stories.

  • I live in VA 5th district. I’m hopeful for Mr. Riggleman. He’s entered the snakepit (many of his new congressional peers are sociopaths, and I hope he knows how to deal with such people–it’s hard!). If he can stick, truly stick, to ethics, then freedom will have an ally. This resource is brief and helps: Richard Maybury’s Ethics Solutions:

  • Thanks Matt….this could be interesting. Keep up with this guy.

    When do we get these guys to actually follow the Constitution of ENUMERATED POWERS, instead of….”well, that’s the way we’ve always done it”

    The Rules Committee of both Chambers rubber-stamp just about every bill to go forward with
    the Justification of “provide the general welfare” of the Constitution Art. 1 Sec. 8.

  • Rep. Riggleman may not think this is about power – it may not be to him – but it is about power. It’s not about helping people.

    The whole game of government is about power over others. It has never been about anything else. Just think about the lobbyists wanting to get at him. Everybody has an angle, a need, an ambition. If you can’t get it done for them, you’ll be gone.

    If you want to help people, join the Peace Corps.

    He comes off as a pretty sincere, humble guy, but he will find out very quickly that this is about power. Unless he wants to be the next Ron Paul, he better be prepared to learn to compromise, because compromise, he will.

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