The left always distrusts the government in power, while the right trusts the idea of government -- but wants to keep government out of the regulation business.
Why is this?
The illusion is that we can regulate human beings and have everything turn out right -- like the 40 pages of rules they hand you when you start most jobs. "But we have rules to cover that!"
The reality is that people do as they're programmed by genetics, and rules don't stop that; they only help us punish. But people freak out at biological determinism because it means they can't be "whatever I want to be."
The right distrusts the process of government. Bureaucracies, votes, and other busywork. They're not interested in government except as a background protector of the normal activities of a healthy society.
We're seeing right/left crossover now, where many rightists are acting like leftists childishly opposing the idea of government at all. It's better for them to say what they really want: a strong government that doesn't regulate.