If you asked them "are you morally and intellectually superior to your constituents?" they would say "why no ,of course not" but they would be lying, they are quite convinced of it. Government is, for them, a righteous tool best used to force their constituents to conform to what they clearly believe is their superior intellect and morality. Having spent the last few days in DC, I can say it is a town that oozes arrogance.
We have no choice but to push back with all our might against this predatory arrogance.