- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The statement that “fear is the weapon of choice for Democrats intent on protecting their ability to spend” is one that has resounded so many times in print and the spoken word over the past several years. (“Disarming Democrats on debt,” Commentary, July 14).

The use of the words “crisis,” “emergency,” etc., are favorites of those on both sides of the aisle. Once spoken, the American public immediately rolls over like a puppy - no matter the type of threat that is coming. Writer Emily Miller also hits the nail on the head when she says the administration insists that if it did not get its increase in the debt ceiling, we were all going to suffer from the default. These warnings, either implied or actually spelled out by a member of the administration, strike that fear into the hearts of all Americans.

It is wholly unfair for any administration to use such tactics on the American public. I feel like I am being personally threatened by my own president. When he is at the White House podium, I keep expecting someone to come forward, pull the cord, and lo and behold, the Great Oz will appear behind the curtain. We’d all breathe a great, collective sigh of relief if it wasn’t Mr. Obama saying those things after all. Then maybe we could get to the business of saving our country

DAVID E. MINIGH

Fort Belvoir, Va.