America is not a democracy. America is a republic. In fact, the early founders of our country were extremely leery of democracy. The democracies of ancient Greece served as cautionary tales to the founding fathers. The democracies of Greece lurched from chaos to tyranny to civil war and back again frequently through the decades. And the founding fathers understood that. Democracies are inherently unstable.
We are a constitutional republic. A democracy is rule by the majority of individuals, plain and simple, but the founding fathers thought that the idea of rule by majority was abhorrent. Thomas Jefferson said, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” Ben Franklin famously quipped that “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.”