I would not suppose that most men who have led totalitarian regimes began their careers as overly altruistic individuals. However, I do believe that many did not begin as the cold-blooded manipulators that they ended up becoming. Power corrupts both the corruptible and the innocent.
Consider a kid named Bud with his hand caught in his neighbors’ cookie jar. Bud may start out as a semi-innocent child, and may even feel bad about stealing a cookie. He may feel self-justified in that he is hungry and that his neighbor will not miss just one cookie. But the days go on and his appetite grows larger, and one cookie is just not enough. Bud begins taking two, then three, after which he soon comes to the realization that he not stealing at all. In fact, his neighbor should have been giving him these cookies all along, because he is of course the smartest, nicest kid on the whole block! By the time the neighbor realizes where all his cookies have been mysteriously disappearing to, it’s too late. The innocent cookie-stealer has now eaten so many cookies that he has become the biggest, meanest cookie monster in the entire neighborhood. However, many kids support Bud, because he promises that there will never be another shortage of cookies. Somehow though, cookies are increasingly harder to come by.
Government must be held accountable for its actions. Corruption will always occur where there exist hidden loopholes that allow for self-interested individuals to obtain what is not their own, at least when that information is hidden from the average Joe. Not all Buds will go bad, but many will. The public will be hurt by what they do not know, or what they find out too late. Ignorance is never bliss.