Does anyone honestly believe that during the time of our founding fathers when only wealthy white landowning males could, after paying a poll tax, vote— and mortgages and liens didn’t count as land “ownership”, we were a “democracy”?
But the country is inching more towards “democracy” every year.
We went from wealthy white males of the landed gentry class being able to participate in politics, to all white males, to all white people, to all people.
We went from a time when George Washington himself rode at the head of a 10,000+ strong armed military force to suppress tax protesters with cannon and musket fire, to the 1800s which saw police colluding with business owners to machine-gun labor protesters to death, to the national guard and police firing on civil rights and anti-war protesters, to it being explicitly constitutionally legal to record police, to the point now where if a police horse steps on an Occupy protester’s foot they get to sue for $lots.
We went from a time when there were no campaign finance laws to a point in time where the reporting of most campaign contributions is mandatory and the data are available to the public.
Are things good enough? No.
Are things better now for more people than they have ever been before? Yes.
Name point in time, from 1789 to 2014, where more people had more rights, there was more transparency and accountability, and things were generally better for more people, than April 18th, 2014.