Straight from dictionary.com
de·moc·ra·cy (or, what the US used to be)/dɪˈmɒkrəsi/ Show Spelled[dih-mok-ruh-see] Show IPA
1.government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
1.a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.
2.absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control.
3.the office or position held by a dictator.
1.a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2.procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3.(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
Think about what our country was, even 8 years ago, and think about where it is now. Do these definitions ring any bells? Read. Learn. Educate yourselves on the issues. VOTE.