I was raised to be conservative. My family comes from a long line of Republicans. I was raised to believe in God. We attended church regularly, and as I grew, I attended youth groups, events and sang in choir.
I was raised to be pro gun, pro police and pro military. Every male in my family for generations has served in our military.
My father is a retired police officer and my brothers were officers as well.
I was raised pro life. My senior debate in high school was on the value of human life, our expectation to preserve that, and our belief that life is a blessing. I have suffered the loss of 4 babies and know personally the intimate pain and loneliness that comes with that kind of loss.
I decided to sway from my upbringing and experience things that I normally would not have. It was both a learning lesson and a shame. My choices led to hurt and pain like no other, and I have no one to blame for my past, but myself. The result: a stronger belief that my God loves and protects me, and has saved my life more times than I can remember. A stronger belief that my past experiences are now being used for God's purpose and reasons, and that my story is now part of the purpose of my life. Having made some hard and bad decisions, I am more sympathetic towards others life stories, and their experiences.
I am happily married, with three young kids and a loving home. My husband and I owned mulitple businesses in Oregon during the tyrannical reign of Democratic governor, Kate Brown. We were upstanding, law abiding citizens and pillars in our community. And then.....
A virus called Covid-19 was used as a political ploy to see how far Americans would go to sacrifice their own God-given rights.
In one day, every business my husband and I owned was told to CLOSE. No warning, no apologies, no notice and no guarantee about when we could open again.
We had no income coming in, 6 leases to pay, 6 overhead bills, our own personal bills and no clue when we would be able to earn a living again.
We closed all our businesses on March 23rd, and were unemployed and going into debt further every day. By May 2nd, I had had enough. I was going to open my salon, with ow without permission from the government. So I did.
On May 2nd, I posted in a group on facebook. I asked for support in reopening my business against the mandate. The group was public and very quickly, the post was being shared and my reopening plans became well known and widely spread. Shortly after, the media began asking for interviews about my plans to reopen. I was advised to make sure that I told my story, and keep the narrative true. So I did. Supporters and news stations arrived outside my salon to capture the moment. As a woman who has been a small business owner, hair stylist, mom and wife, this was terrifying and exhilarating. I truly and honestly opened my business for the following reasons:
I was no okay with my livelihood being expendable as decided by a government official.
I was not okay being "loaned money" by the government to survive, when I didn't need to borrow money on my business.
I was not okay with my life savings being depleted, after working very hard for years to have what we do.
I was not ok with the broken assistance program. Unemployment was NOT being paid to business owners, while big box stores like WalMart and Home Depot were allowed to be open and busy!!
I was not okay with any idea that my God given right to earn a living can be taken away at any moment.
So, on May 5th, 2020, against the government mandate and "stay home" order, I opened the doors to my salon, I accepted clients, sold products and allowed my independent contractors to work.
I opened my business back up.
On May 4th, the day before I opened, Oregon OSHA came to my door, and told me if I opened the next day, I would be issued a $1,000 citation and told to close. If I did not, I would be issued a $70,000 "red tag" violation and my doors would be barred.
I opened anyway.
On May 7th, OSHA opened an official investigation into my salon.
On May 8th, I was sent a letter by my landlord, the city of Salem, threatening to dissolve my lease based on my violating the terms.
I was also sent a letter by Oregon Health Licensing, threatening to terminate my facility license as well as my license as a stylist. I was also threatened with $5,000 a day fines and possible arrest and jail time based on my opening being a "Class C Misdemeanor"
On May 9th, Child Protective Services was sent to my home to investigate an "anonymous claim".
On May 12th, OSHA issued me a $14,000 citation.
Throughout this time, the liberals in my city turned on me. I was called a murderer. My stylists were harassed, bullied and called names. They left negative reviews, fake appointments, made false claims about my business, and slandered my personal life, completely fabricating stories about me and my business. I was viciously attacked on social media and repeatedly harassed by members of my own community.
The left tried to "cancel" us. My salon, my friends and my family suffered extreme emotional distress for simply trying to earn a living.
The effect this had on my life has been catalytic. We have had to move our family, uproot our children, sell our businesses and rethink how our lives would be if this were to be done again. We would not survive.
Throughout this ordeal, I also received ASTOUNDING support from patriots all over the USA, praising me for bravery, courage and spirit. The support was shocking and surreal. I didn't realize that opening my business would have the effect that it did ( on either side), I just knew that what I was doing was RIGHT. The government does not and should never have the authority to decide who can and cannot work. Our rights and beliefs were completely infringed upon and I simply could not stand by.
During this time, when my story became national news, I was interviewed by Glenn Beck, Dana Loesch, Lars Larson and other conservatives who told my story and helped spread the word about my fight. I am grateful for those who stood up for me, fought with me, supported me, praised me and pushed me forward. Without this support, I never would have been able to finish what I started.
My salon NEVER closed.
Americans came to my side and my rescue. A GoFund Me account opened by a supporter raised enough money to cover the OSHA citation and my legal fees to fight it.
More than enough funds! With the money raised and donated by my fellow Americans, I opened a Non Profit Foundation called Glamour! Institute for Freedom.
This foundation is funding my fight against the governor of Oregon, and all the agencies that harassed and bullied me for opening. I am suing my governor and their agents. I am fighting my OSHA citation in court. I am doing so for all of our American rights. This foundation has also been involved in the fight for other businesses, donating to their cause, filing legal documents in other states and otherwise, helping those who want to fight the system also.
What has happened to small businesses, families, students and our people should never happen again. I plan to continue my fight in an effort to secure our future rights and give precedent to this situation, so that businesses do not find themselves in my position ever again.
I do not regret a moment of my choice. Going through this has given me the strength to be who I need to be. A strong voice for conservative women, a voice for small business owners, a voice for Americans.
I became "Patriot Barbie" (an insult given to me by a liberal in my city) THANK YOU!
I am now a loud, proud PRO GUN, PRO LIFE, CONSERVATIVE, REPUBLICAN WOMAN.