We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
With the RNC done with, my shrink take is this: Big man with small ego vs. Small man with Inflated ego. The corner office vs. Hollywood; serious stuff vs. fainting teens; competence vs. tingles; real jobs vs. styrofoam pillars; freedom vs. Euroland.
Admittedly, I am biased. I have never understood why so many in my field fall into the Leftist, statist side of politics rather than into the Libertarian. It makes no sense to me because our job is to have faith in individual people rather than seeing helpless, dependent masses.
I'll give you what I think is a very honest answer based on my own background.
Sometimes I think I am the smartest person in the room. This is a precondition to liberal thought as liberals even without the benefit of advanced graduate degrees tend to think they are the smartest people in the room.
"...fall into the Leftist, statist side of politics..."
I doubt you will agree, but I've always regarded psychiatry as more of a political movement than a science. Perhaps that is because it played such significant part in the liberal Jewish experience with psychiatrists playing a religious role not unlike priests hearing confession.
Psychiatrists are no longer reliably leftist. Psychologists and social workers, yes, but psychiatrists have more defectors. It used to be 95-5. I think it's more 75-25 now. It's a long story.
At some level, our job is to get paid, whatever other personal motives we add on. Human service people of all stripes are largely paid via government, directly or indirectly. It influences our thinking about politics more than we would like to admit.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Thomas Sowell calls them the "annointed" mainly by themselves, they are the smartest people in the room and they know what's best. The President is one of those people.
Substitute "psychoanalyst" for "psychiatrist" Chuck, and I would agree with you.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
As someone who taught in the "pre" fields (pre-med, pre-dent, pre-pharm and pre-tend) this attitude of superiority is the start of the problem. Now think you are the smartest, with a special set of skills that make people "dependent" on you, even if only temporarily. Then add to that trying to get paid for services and you understand why so many want the government to be in charge; they "think" it is the path of least resistance. The thinking used to be that insurance was the path of least resistance. All in all too much thinking about the wrong things. Our government should be building dozens more medical schools so there are Doctors on every corner.
In contrast, sometimes I am dependent on a good auto mechanic but he understands that there is someone else I can go to and if he doesn't fix my problem I won't bring him my next one.