The prime motivation of government is…to be in government. Making the country a ‘better place’ comes a distant second.
Or as a Mr. E. Blair wrote 60 years ago:
We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?’
By the way, for a real “Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia” experience, check out the backwards-reverse-somersault Olympic-level fip-flops that Obama-worshiping journalists such as CNN’s Soledad O’Brien (no relation, presumably to the fellow quoted above) performed between Sunday night and Tuesday, when new orders came in from the Ministry of Yes We Can.
Related: May Day 2008: A Day Of Remembrance Of The Victims Of Communism.