"In this age of sloppy uses of words"...how true, and how critically important! Orwell told us that "the slovenliness of our language makes it possible to have foolish thoughts," and was ignored. We're paying the price today.
The United States is not a democracy. Indeed, the only true democracies within its borders are the handful of old-style "town-meeting" towns that once dominated New England. We use a democratic process to choose our elected officials -- Note, Dr. Sowell, that you too have been a wee bit sloppy, for these men are NOT our "leaders," but our SERVANTS -- and for nothing else.
Wise up, America.