The U.S.A. is NOT EVEN SUPPOSED to be a democracy. It's supposed to be a Constitutional Republic. The word "democracy" is NOT mentioned ONCE in the Constitution. The Founding Fathers wanted a nation built on the principles of individual freedom and limited government.
Here is a good explanation of the difference between a democracy and a Constitutional Republic:
" pure Democracy is nothing more than "mob rule" with no provisions for the rights of the individual. The Founding Fathers saw this as one of the worst forms of government and in their wisdom provided a framework to secure the rights of the individual, ie., a Constitution and a Bill of Rights with separation of powers subject to Judicial Review which is the "Rule of Law" we live under.
True that we do elect our head of state and representatives by a Democratic system, ie., majority popular vote. (Although with the Electoral College and the Florida debacle that's even in question), but that aside, once our head of state and representatives are elected democratically they are bound by their oath of office to "uphold, obey and defend the Constitution, so help them God" thus a Constitutional Republic.
A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government's power over citizens. In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is checked by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power. The fact that a constitution exists that limits the government's power, makes the state constitutional. That the head(s) of state and other officials are chosen by election, rather than inheriting their positions, and that their decisions are subject to judicial review makes a state republican."
I believe the spreading of the lie that the USA is supposed to be a democracy makes it easier for the media to manipulate the public and sway opinion.
If the media declares "51% of survey respondents support a ban on pork rinds", then Joe Public will then think "oh well it's a democracy, and if the majority want it banned then so be it", instead of "Hey, I have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of pork rinds, as long as my eating pork rinds doesn't violate someone else's rights", as the Founding Fathers would advocate.
Even if the USA were supposed to be a democracy, it is far from one. Instead, it's a Corporatocracy and a carefully concealed oligarchy:
" the two-party system is the true cancer eating away at the heart of this republic. The notion that both sides have a grasp on absolute truth, politically and morally is one of the greatest lies perpetrated against the American people."
Restore the Republic!