I think we have a government that is meant to represent the people of this country but it doesn't make that a priority anymore. Capitalism in its current form, for let's face facts, we do not have pure capitalism, has perverted our democratic form of government. Corporate power has been integrated almost seamlessly with the political parties and politicians through campaign finance and special interest lobbies to control the government and create an economy that is favorable for their continuing existence at the cost for what is best for the country.
I don't think corporations care whether government is large or small, so long as they can control it to control the market and maximize their profits. That is what has happened and so we have a government that is a democratic corporate aristocracy being sold to its constituents as a democratic republic. The "idea" of a democratic republic has been sold to the citizens of American by the corporate powers that have a stranglehold on the policy makers of this country.
Corporations control the country. They control the government through the political parties and politicians they pay off with finance funds. Corporations have these people create policy and law that is in their best interests first and foremost then they sell the view to voters that this country is theirs through television, radio, print, internet and other forms of propaganda. Talk shows, newspaper and internet reporting, advertising, political campaign advertising, etc are all forms of this corporate propaganda making people believe the government is there for them first.
Thing is, I still believe in this form of government and think it the best type in the world. What Americans have to do is to stop sucking from the teat that is corporate America. Take back your government by insisting on removing corporate influence on this government. If that can be done then the USA can once again be a government for, of and by the people.
BTW, I don't think this view of our government is all that different than Master Po's view. I just wouldn't label it fascist. As I said I would call it a democratic corporate aristocracy.