They think that their idea of enlightenment is what we lack and they are the only ones who can provide it. I have heard many in my circle of acquaintances say that they cannot understand why many conservatives cannot get what they are trying to logically explain to them. Well, it has to do with them not wanting to hear anything other than their own thoughts. they don't care about truth or logic. They would rather accept rumor and opinion as truth than actual truth. There is always some conspiracy by others that keep their illogical truth from being honored. It is a mental illness that has it's roots in ideology first and then make anything and everything fit to make the ideology seem legitimate.
I am a man who likes to learn and then pass on that learning as knowledge or wisdom given whatever the ever fluctuating circumstance that is before me. I can admit when I am wrong because I am able to distinguish logic and fact through argument and debate. I have no ideology I am trying to make anyone accept other than the democratic principles we all hold as our nation's legacy. But the republicans keep falling back on the idea of our republic being only for elites who have the right to vote and not those who are not "enlightened". That is why they think they are the leaders of the rest of us dirty masses and we should be thankful that they care enough to order us around instead of a much worse fate.