Note that Montgomery County, Maryland, is a bedroom community for the U.S. Capitol. Its residents are overwhelmingly denizens of the ecosystem of national government (government officials, workers, support contractors, lobbyists, and parasitic non-profits). As such Montgomery County, and indeed the Beltway megapolis at large, fully reflects the values and mores of those who consider themselves the ruling class. Yes, this is how these people view the world. This is how they see you as subjects.