My name is Tina, and I am new to RedState

My name is Tina, and I am new to RedState and RedState diaries.  I live in the Atlanta, GA area (same as Erick Erickson), and I’m married with a teenager.

In order of importance, I’m a Christian conservative Republican.  I attend a church whose slogan is “Love First”, and I pray that I carry that out in my life.  I fail at “Love First” often.   Currently, I am a work at home mom who proofreads for a living.  My husband is a federal employee.  Our teenage son attends special education in a public school.

I also live in a very Democratic district.  My representative used to be Cynthia McKinney.  It is now [mc_name name=’Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’J000288′ ].

At the moment, I am leaning towards [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] for the Republican nomination.  He seems to be the only Republican member of Congress who is willing to back up his words with actions.  I think Donald Trump is full of bluff and bluster, and I think that Ben Carson, while an intelligent and gifted man, does not have the political savvy to be President.

I’m a conservative who does not subscribe to conspiracy theories.  Oswald acted alone, steel can collapse under heat and pressure, the birth certificate is real, our president is not a practicing Muslim, and Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

I also believe that Obama is sympathetic to Muslims, and that doesn’t surprise me.  He had a Muslim father and stepfather and spent his younger years in Indonesia, which has the world’s largest population of Muslims.  He did attend a madrassa (and for those who say that he’s Muslim because he attended a madrassa, that’s like saying someone is Catholic simply because they attended a Catholic school.)

Obama’s sympathy to Muslims is blinding him, in my opinion.  He just doesn’t want to believe that members of a religion he’s sympathetic to can be guilty of terrorists acts.  I think he’s very naive when it comes to foreign policy. He thinks if we can just gather around the campfire, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya, terrorists will stop being terrorists and we will all get along.  Sorry, things just do not work that way.  He seems to want people to work with him but he is not willing to work with others.  He is weak on foreign policy, and while it is true that America has made her share of mistakes and we need to own up to them, there’s a way to own up to our mistakes while pointing out the good that America has done in the last 225 or so years.  You can admit mistakes without apologizing for your country.

So what are the answers?  I honestly don’t know.  I fear for our country, because I think we are reacting in knee-jerk fear against so many things.  And we have been bullied and cowed into silence.  I’ve experienced my share of very harsh online criticism (not online bullying like some have experienced).  We are so afraid of “offending” people that we do and say nothing.  I don’t want to be deliberately offensive, but I also don’t want to be afraid of “offending” someone.

I hope we in the US can find a way to work together, or we are doomed.