My answer to How democratic is the United States of America?
Answer by Ken Larson:
The United States was never designed to be a democracy and has never been one.
The flaw in that proposition is that in a populous world giving the masses total input into every governmental decision, as the pure definition of democracy would require, is unworkable.
The U.S. is not a democracy; it is a constitutional republic that practices democratic approaches to government.The checks and balances between the elected representatives of the people (Congress) the Presidency, and the Judiciary insure that the will of the majority of the citizens of the country is carried forward.
As we have done for over 200 years, we are bending and twisting in the wind of world events and we will survive and grow as a result.
Geopolitics, high speed communications and technology combined with conflicts not always of our own making are shaping our society as the associated issues are played out on our constitutional republic stage.
There is no country in the world stronger or more capable to deal with these challenges.