Here is why the left should be taken with a grain of salt - they make idiotic claims like this:
Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. Inequality is the confiscation of people's wealth by the elite. The two are incompatible. In this face-off between the many and the few, one of the two has to give. Will it be the people or the oligarchy? Democracy or an "illusion", a "managed democracy"? This is the juncture the United States is at.
A threatened democracy
The United States is a democracy.
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The United States is NOT a democracy. Never has been, probably never will be.
The US is a republic. If it were a democracy, we wouldn't have an "electoral college".
Those who do not understand the difference usually are spouting gibberish.