Stuart Schneiderman takes a look at "democracy":
"Of course, Benjamin Franklin declared that the Constitutional Convention had created a 'republic.' And a republic is not quite the same as a democracy. It is fair to emphasize that in the early days of the American Republic, very few people had the right to vote. Since only property-owning males could vote, in the first elections between 3% and 4% of the population participated.
"To call the results democratic stretches the meaning of the term."