The more powerful a government is, the more powerful government positions are.We cede more and more power to our government every day: how can any of us be shocked when we finally notice that we've created an arrogant, out of control political class? The reason I used to consider conservatives preferable to liberals is that a central tenet of conservatism is supposed to be smaller, less intrusive government. But it seems that Congressional "conservatives" have learned that smaller government means less power for them, and they've discovered that they don't like that idea.
The more powerful goverment positions are, the more they attract the kind of people who enjoy the feeling and trappings of power.
The more people enjoy the feeling and trappings of power, the more likely it is that they will use any means necessary to keep themselves in power.
The more people will use any means necessary to keep themselves in power, the more likely they are to eventually consider themselves above the law.
So from there it's a straight line to the sad spectacle of the past several days, in which we've seen outraged - and terrified - Congresspeople shamelessly wrapping themselves in the cloak of the Constitution to hide the fact that they're ethically naked. (These days it's just a skip and a jump from the Congressional Record to a criminal record.) And all the shock in the world can't hide the fact that we, the people, created the very monster we despise.
And when you create a monster, you can't be surprised when it acts monstrously.