I know I am going to get beaten up by flag-wavers for saying this but a Democracy simply cannot exist and function in today's world. The reason why is simple; there is a larger class of "have-nots" that with their vote and numbers, can take what you have worked for without your permission. It's sort of like being in a life-boat at sea with 10 other people and one can of water. doesn't matter if it is your can of water, if they want it, they can take it by sheer numbers. You can imagine the collective look in their eyes when they realize this and proceed to vote your ass over-board without your can of water. My point is that our society has become too diverse with a class of people that do not know how to take care of themselves but they still have an equal say in government and they out-number those of us that would build for ourselves. There are more of them and your stuff is on the ballot. Democracy and its new and improved "Republic" ony worked when the majority of people had an interest in insuring their common survival.