By Jennifer Hicks

I have repeatedly been told since I began to dip my toe into the world of politics that I am a "mean girl"--that I am "doing it all wrong" and that I am putting my reputation at risk by being a vocal critic of members of my own party. I have been told about decorum, the rules, and "how things are done"--as if there could not possibly be any other way.

For the last year, the ringtone on my phone has been a cover of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation." I don't give a damn about my bad reputation. 

You want to know why? 

It is because I have absolutely nothing to lose in this fight that I have reluctantly embarked upon to try to preserve the things that I value--the freedoms which are being eroded away with every passing day. I lost all fear of the fight and of any sense of loss for anything other than the loss of freedom. I will not live as a slave, and I refuse to forfeit my children's future without a fight. 

I fear losing nothing by facing the fight head on,  because I fear losing everything if I don't.    

So to those who think I'm a "mean girl" who doesn't belong in the well-established political circle that is the Nebraska swamp -- Guess what? I don't care.  

I believe the circumstances we are facing are so dire and the window in which we have to act is so short that I opt for vinegar over honey. If someone is engaged in a direct physical assault on one of my children, I will not be approaching that person and politely asking them to stop. I will take any aggressive approach that is warranted to stop the attack. And I believe that I will do it with God on my side. Our freedoms are being assaulted. And for those who are being threatened that they may lose their job if they do not take into their bodies an unnecessary and experimental substance, the threat actually is a physical one. 

I would like for our government to be transparent, so that what you see is what you get. And I try to live my life in a way that reflects my belief in that kind of honesty. I have earned every grey hair on my head, and I don't even own any make-up. What you see is what you get, and it isn't always pretty. But it's real. And the truth is, if you follow the rule of "Don't start none, won't be none," you will probably find me to be a nice person instead of a "mean girl." :) 

It will be the voters who decide who it is they want to be their voice in government, and I am offering myself up as an option. Take it or leave it. The choice is yours. As it should be. 

Others may take a different course, but for me, this is a fight to the death if it is necessary. Our elected Republicans have failed us and we MUST find a way to restore a conservative voice and our conservative values in our government. I will not pull punches when it comes to doing whatever I can to secure my kids' future so that they do not become slaves. I will not comply with the will of tyrants.

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