“If we are to become a true democracy…”
We’re not trying to become a democracy - we’re a republic. And we should stay that way.
“It’s no longer fair to make that assumption”
It is absolutely fair to make that assumption - the American system was built to defend against the tyranny of the majority just as much as against the tyranny of the tyrant.
The government you suggest - government by the herd mentality - will produce a government of the quality of pop culture. No thanks.
“…with his suspension of several civil rights, he is as close to a dictator as we’re likely to see)…”
Utter garabge, and unsubstantiated nonsense. If you are referring to the Patriot Act, be prepared to defend your claims and produce actual grievances.
Bush is no dictator, not even close. Go live under a dictator and you’ll stop taking your freedoms for granted - and you’ll stop whining about illusions of an American dictatorship.
The American system does a great job of pushing tin-foil headed ideologues to the fringe. Such moderation is essential to preserving a republic - there’s a reason there’s judicial review, a bicameral legislature, and an executive that is the only position voted on by the entire populace at once.
The system works exaclty as designed, imo. That the parties are generally lapdogs for special interest money is more a function of our lack of adhering to our responsibilty in government - the civic audit, whcih requires education, virtue, and effort.
A nation of reality TV watchers and worshippers of MTV generally don’t pull that trifecta. Such is the danger of affluence.