I think most here would agree that the "Government" we currently live under in America bears little functional resemblance to the historically very rare Republic that the founders initially created, a government whose primary function is to protect the rights of the individual.
Thus, the "Government" we currently live under in America has morphed into what the founders warned us it would become if we were not vigilant - the historically more common form characterized by the centralization of power over the individual.
Debating whether it is democratic, socialist, communist, tyrannical, or even a monarchy is a waste of energy and a distraction because in the end they are all driven by "collectivism." So, in this context, YES, "Government is guilty until proven innocent." After all, in this more historically common manifestation, "Govern-ment" literally means "control-mind.”
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