Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
I came across this quote and I think it's right on the money.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
- H.L. Mencken
Often I think the government, like some music ministers, feel the perpetual need to legitimize their existence.