The Republican party leadership is just as threatened by constitutional conservatism as is the Democratic Party leadership. These two supposedly opposed entities are united in their collectivist goals: Both are willing to sacrifice the individual to what each supposes to be "the greatest good for the greatest number", and the only thing they're arguing about is who gets to define the "greatest good" and who gets to be sacrificed to it. Constitutional conservatism, with its emphasis on the primacy of individual rights, is probably a more serious threat to the Republican Party leadership because it threatens to reveal the wolf wearing the sheep's clothing.
The very quotable British novelist Samuel Butler observed that, “Self-preservation is the first law of nature.” Reports coming from Washington seem to show that this instinct is increasingly demonstrated in a very short-sighted set of actions by institutional Republicans in light of recent successes where grassroots held their elected representatives’ feet to the fire; a fire fueled by the party platform.
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