"It is beyond dispute that there is a link between socialism and American progressivism. Both flawed ideologies are predicated upon the soundness of a large and powerful government designed to disperse the fruits of labor by seizing means and property from the productive. And as many conservatives are quick to point out, nothing could be more antithetical to the ideals scribed in the Constitution . . . Today, the apostolic devotion reserved by our founding fathers for God has become replaced in many American liberals by devotion to large government." (Emphasis mine.)
More here on this subject in an insightful piece at the American Thinker.