Have you noticed the tax on tea lately?
I remember there were once people who refused to accept taxation without representation. Does anyone really think they would have exchanged the tyranny of parliament for the tyranny of the mob? Obviously they didn't; universal suffrage came much later, along with the legalized theft one would expect.
There was once, supposedly, a war to end all wars; an attempt to make the world safe for democracy. Apparently, if the Bush/Obama approach to war is any indication, the world is still unsafe for democracy, and democracy- in so far as Bush and Obama were elected through some process fuzzily called democracy- is unsafe for the world.