What you call democracy is a travesty
The elections are rigged to have the two main parties in power, a third party canditate faces an up hill battle and wont get much airtime, and even within a main party the least corrupt get short changed and the most pro-establishment are at the top(more media coverage). And Media oligarchs shape public perception of reality with Media propaganda and decoys, the modern verison of circuses as in 'bread and circuses'. Did you vote for a War in Iraq? No. That descision was made by unelected aristocrats who then provided the marching orders for the media, think tanks and bureaucrats to shape public perceptions and fool people into supporting the war. Donahue was a very popular figure, he invited two guests one for the war and one against the war, because an opposite view was not tolerated at that time his show was canceled. Thats not democracy, its phony democracy, even it voting wasnt rigged to favor establishment candidates and irrelevant. In 2006 the population voted to get the troops home from iraq, that didnt change anything. US Military strain of anthrax was used against the Media and Congress, afterwards members of congress demanded updates and the FBI basically told them to go fly a kite.