Terry Paulson

We've seen what one party with a simple majority can do to manipulate Senate rules in passing the "Affordable" Care Act. Democrats passed it by a simple majority without voters knowing what nightmares it would unleash.

In 2005, Senate Democrats argued against the "nuclear option" when they were in the minority. Senator Obama used the filibuster against one of President Bush's circuit court appointments. These comments should haunt Democrats now:

"The right to extend debate is never more important than when one party controls Congress and the White House. In these cases, the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves limited government." -Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

"The nuclear option is a bridge too far. You have to restrain yourself, Mr. President!" -Sen. Hillary Clinton

"This nuclear option is an example of the arrogance of power.... I pray to God that when the Democrats take back control that we will not make this kind of naked power grab that you are doing." -Sen. Joe Biden

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell recently observed: "The Democratic playbook of broken promises, double standards and raw power - the same playbook that got us Obamacare - has to end. It may take the American people to end it, but it has to end."

True liberty demands that minority positions have their day. Difference, deliberation, and dialogue are sorely needed in Washington. In November, American voters will be able to end this power grab by returning the Senate to GOP control. Integrity demands that the GOP then extend Rule 22 to once again cover appointments, ensuring Democrats the filibuster right Democrats have now denied Republicans.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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