The government is US. WE are the government. The folks in power, in DC, in agencies, they are there at our pleasure. They represent us. They are usually what people refer to as the government but they belong to us, NOT the other way around.
To twist this all to be the idea that we belong to the government is to turn the clock back to the days where the king ruled because of the holy mandate from god and the people were his subjects to rule and care for as a father to many small children.
We fought a revolution over this shit. People need to be careful what words they choose.
"Govern" is NOT the same thing as "Rule".
"Powers" are not the same things as "Rights".