Quotes: The Government

A government is a body of people, usually notably ungoverned.
Shepherd Book, Firefly

Jubal Harshaw: Well, who do you think did it?
Jill: We know who did it, The Government!
Jubal: Jill, "the government" is several million people. You'll have to be a little more precise.

You speak of "the government" as if it were a single, monolithic beast, with countless hands but only a single brain controlling them. Turn that vision around, Admiral. Perhaps you should consider how things would be if the government was in fact a creature with a single tremendous hand, but many brains trying to direct that hand in its powerful but clumsy efforts to do something, anything.
Emissary Rione, The Lost Fleet

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.