Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.
Democracy virtually assures that only bad and dangerous men will ever rise to the top of government.
Here is what democracy has come to:
Barack Obama, 2008: “"They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
This was the first instance that I recall where a politician in the United States in a major position or in a major election made the supporters of his or her opponent, as opposed to the opponent, the enemy.
Here is the second:
Hillary Clinton, 2016: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
And the third, in a speech of an extremely malignant form of psychological projection:
Joe Biden, 2022: “MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love.
“They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country.”