For people on the Left, government is not merely the servant of the people, it must be the master, because for them government is a secular substutute for God. In contrast, believers in the God of Moses, Abraham, and Jesus read In 1 Peter 5:5 that "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” It should not be so surprising that President Obama gave a speech last Thursday in which he referred to himself with personal pronouns 199 times. The president is not often described as a humble man.
Hubris is an essential characteristic of the American Left because the Left has to justify its grab for power and coerceion in its own fake moral terms. The Leftist progressive often believes sincerely that he or she is a morally superior person who knows better then you do how your life should be governed. If the Left Wing elites must force you to follow their social vision, it is only because they understand better than you do that it is all for your own good. You have no right to disagree because you could only do so for selfish reasons that are counter to the public good as defined by the Left. Therefore the desire of some Americans for individual personal freedom must be seen by the elite Left as ignorant and selfish.