Look at this, an insanely insightful visualization about democracy. Or "democracy."
I've spliced together the composite you see in this post, but it comes comes from the wonderful team at New York Times. They show how just 9% of America choose Mr. Trump or Ms. Clinton as a nominee.
That core point is interesting/heart-breaking all by itself. You should visit the page and scroll through the page to see the interactive version, it is awesome: http://goo.gl/NYRcUq
The reason for my splicing was to highlight the other interesting subtle point, how few people will help pick the self-described "leader of the free world." Close to less than half!
Each small square represents one million people. The first cluster is 103 million (kids, non-citizens, felons). The second cluster is 88 mil people. They do not vote at all, even in general elections
How can we call ourselves a democracy when almost a hundred million people stay out?
This really broke my heart. I don't know what we can do to get them to add their voice, but we need their voice however they want to vote.
Re Mr. Trump trumpeting himself as the representative of the Republican party, as only half of those few who participated in the primaries voted for others. Same goes for Ms. Clinton. And yet, they are our choices.
American "democracy" is way more complicated than you imagine, and a lot less representative than you imagine. If you are still unconvinced by the two colored boxed on the bottom-edges, spend a few minutes learning about how the primary process is run for both parties.
And, it all seems so deeply entrenched. No change seems possible.
Call-to-arms though, if you like to complain about your nation/government... vote. At least vote.