From my bestest friend in the world, Fuloydo:
Progressivism in a nutshell.
Forget everything you ever heard about how they are for helping people. It's bullshit, plain and simple.
It's about power. Power over everyone else.
Leave people to do what they think is right for themselves and you don't have any power over them.
Any time a politician says "It's for the <insert minority here>" what they are really saying is "If we let them act on their own we won't have any power over their choices!"
Note that the 'minority' inserted above is almost always 'children'. (Fuck that. It's ALWAYS 'children')
But, when you get down to it, and this is the important bit, the left consider everyone who is not an elected leftist politician or government employee a child.
That right there is the end-all-be-all of progressivism. If you're not one of them, you're a child who needs to be looked after by them. You're not allowed to have an opinion that differs from the prog bible and if you do it's just proof that you're a child who needs looking after by them.
To their thinking there is no other possibility.