THE WORD "DEMOCRACY" is frequently in the news these days. But that word is not so easily defined.
Historically, the term "democracy" has a checkered past going back to the Greek city-states. The Greeks defined democracy differently than we do now. One example: The citizens of Athens, the "demos," consisted of a privileged class that excluded women, slaves, farmers, and those who worked by the sweat of their brow.
The Romans did not particularly care for "democracy" in its suggestion of direct participation by the people. They used the word "republic" to describe a method of having senators, who were not indifferent to the "vox populi," elect consuls.
The term …