I think Sisko explained this issue pretty well in "The Maquis, Part I", with his "Saint in Paradise" speach....
The "Washington Elitists" (or, as I'm sure they'd say in the future, the Frisco
Elitists) have never tasted the hard life. They're so used to Earth being a paradise, that they basically have an overdeveloped sense of tranquility. It's disgusting
It's made'm naive...and sloppy