A new study from Princeton University claims the United States of America is no longer a democracy. What the researchers apparently failed to realize is that the U.S.A. has never been a democracy, nor will it ever be. This is why in the Pledge of Allegiance we say, "...and to the Republic for which it stands."
In a democracy, everyone votes on everything. That has never happened here; the country is simply too large. In a republic, the people elect others who are to represent them. The difference is great and should not to be too easily dismissed.
It would be very good - and honest - if our politicians would stop talking about the U.S.A. and started talking about it as a republic; we might actually be able to make some progress then.