Benjamin Franklin was asked if the Founders had created a monarchy or a republic. He replied without hesitation, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
The United States of America is NOT a democracy. It is a federal constitutional republic.
The Founding Fathers would be dismayed at what has happened to this Nation they created and I'm certain more than a few would brutally chastise us for allowing it to falter from the course they set for it. They fought a war against a distant, unresponsive, and over-regulating government (the greatest Empire in the World) to gain freedom for themselves and their countrymen (read U.S. citizens).
This Nation has become polarized in a manner not seen in over 150 years. I served in our Nation's military and am truly saddened to see so many of its citizens in and out of government fail to understand and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. I firmly believe we are nearing another civil war. I pray that if we do experience one, that our military forces will focus on the external threats to our Nation and let the People of this Nation resolve the internal. Otherwise, our Republic will fall.