I don’t think I am alone in wishing Republican politicians would stand with President Barack Obama during times of national crisis. While most crises are 24/7 news media generated, some are truly critical to the safety, well-being and security of our nation.

It seems the knee-jerk reaction of the entire Republican political establishment is geared to being critical of the president even before the issue is analyzed for importance, and I for one am tired of it! Issues such as ISIS and Ebola require a united front from our people in positions to do something about them, not criticism! We pay them to do a job and the job description does not include dividing the country in times of national crisis but uniting us.

So, I will just say this to Republicans in political power (and perhaps those who vote for them), start being American first, Republican second! The country can only gain from such thinking.

Robert bloodworth

retired

Baton Rouge