Government is not a service and government officials are not servants, public or otherwise. Governments are influential organizations that acquire money from individuals and organizations (e.g., businesses), fund and implement some programs and not others (thereby benefiting some, others to a lesser degree, and some not at all), wage war, and imprison more than a few. Government personnel, rather than servants of the citizenry are its rulers, readily admitted when describing personnel in governments misliked.
“All governments are more or less combinations against the people . . . and as rulers have no more virtue than the ruled.” Benjamin Franklin Bache, in a Philadelphia Aurora editorial, 1794