And what about the rest of "his ilk"? The problem really is not the people but rather the system itself that empowers these people.
As long as there will be rule there will be a ruling class that believes it has all the answers to life's problems. Democracy does not change this, it only changes who may be allowed entry into the ruling class. Unfortunately, we are not created equally capable of ruling and thus society under democracy will fail.
(And don't the rest of you go trying to tell me that this country isn't a democracy. It is whether is it a democratic republic or absolute democracy, etc. The end result is the same.)
Government empowered by majority rule cannot last for the simple fact that the natural elite are not a part of the majority. Though, they often will bend their principles to pragmatism to gain entry into the majority for the sake of rule and thus lose their membership in the elite. Thus is the only way in a democracy.