I just saw David Horowitz on Glenn Beck. He made an important distinction that goes along with the concept of perfect vs protect.
He said that Conservatives want to fix government; Progressives want to change the world.
The Conservative idea is that the Constitution, small government, free markets and individual responsibility are the time-tested, proven ways to “health, wealth, wisdom, and happiness.”
Progressives don’t care about the past, what works, what is proven. They have a Utopian vision of the future, as do other Utopians (Marxists, Socialists, Communists) which means that power, and government control are needed to implement their vision of social justice. Regardless of the fact that it has never worked, that it always degenerates into a self-serving Animal Farm, misery, corruption, and slavery.