If you're having to resort to extremes to make your point, you're probably in need of a bit of a re-think. You're trying to conflate the process of democracy with an actual direct democracy as a state.*sigh* I don't recall ever seeing the Wetlands initiative on a ballot anywhere. Nor the so-called Assault Weapons bill and never once the minutia of the federal or state budget. In a democracy that would be required for them to became the law of the land. Keep in mind that the old Soviet Union and the National Socialist German Workers' Party also had elections. It's been said that even the residents of hell are allowed to vote... at least voting absentee for the city of Chicago... They must have all been democracies as well.
A democracy is not just a direct democracy where people vote on absolutely everything. You can have a representative democracy as well.
Switzerland has been doing that for a couple centuries at this point.
But the point here is that Democracy is not a system of government except in very specific circumstances. American Democracy refers to the process of citizen control. Some countries have more than others but in our Republic, we exercise it fairly liberally. The only real holdouts are things like cabinet appointments and the goofy Electoral College system that needs to go.