The American system is not a democracy. It is a constitutional republic. A
democracy, if you attach meaning to terms, is a system of unlimited majority
rule; the classic example is ancient Athens. And the symbol of it is the fate
of Socrates, who was put to death legally, because the majority didn’t like
what he was saying, although he had initiated no force and had violated no
Democracy, in short, is a form of collectivism, which denies individual rights:
the majority can do whatever it wants with no restrictions. In principle, the
democratic government is all-powerful. Democracy is a totalitarian
manifestation; it is not a form of freedom . . . .
The American system is a constitutionally limited republic, restricted to the
protection of individual rights. In such a system, majority rule is applicable
only to lesser details, such as the selection of certain personnel. But the
majority has no say over the basic principles governing the government. It
has no power to ask for or gain the infringement of individual rights.