If you go by Americam elections only 50% actually vote for anybody.
That doesn't actually mean that they want a dictator. Its more of a case of not seeing the difference between the candidates that are there or not feeling their vote matters very much or that their own candidates have a chance.
I doubt Stalin would get many votes but I'll bet in the current climate Hitler would.
If you listen to somebody like say Michael Moore, you might think so sometimes. I mean, certainly there have been some strong feelings against illegal immigrants as the economy gets worse. One can also consider that the Nazi's lied a lot in getting elected and that Hitler was portrayed as not being "that bad".
All the same, in fact, Hitler was associated with violence and further more in the US, even mildly off mainstream candidates: Pat Buchanan, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc, etc, don't get elected or at least they don't get very far in the process; they may become congressmen in pocket areas
And as for the tea party, while the democrats may vilify them, they definitely are not looking for a "dictator". Indeed, their main platform is against corruption in the form of bailouts to companies. In the scheme of things, their candidates are a "bit extreme" but not that extreme.
Then you have the occupy guys, mostly serial non-voters. These people protest. Some of them may have voted in previous elections. In any case, definitely expressing their views.
When issues have come to head such as the Vietnam issue, more people voted. Some politicians got more people to vote.
All that Master race/American exceptionalism would go down a treat. It's only after he was elected that you find out what he is really like. By then of course it's too late. How many rights have you lost because of Patriot act 1+2? Do I see armed masses decending on Washington to demand those rights be reinstated. Obama has just signed into law indefinite detention FFS.
The Patriot act aimed mostly at non-Americans and there was some opposition to it. Indeed there is still opposition to it which is why you know about the issue in the first place.
For 95% of human history democracy has barely existed.
Sounds about right, yes.
All we've had are absolute monarchs/emperors/pharoas etc supported by whatever religion held sway in that part of the world. None of these people were elected and there was no apparent mass movement to change it.
Untrue. A whole range of systems existed. (We are ignoring tribal systems that were often semi-democratic). Absolute monarchs were rare. People tended to be in camps. Typically the powerful struggled amongst themselves.
Generally speaking all people want is a roof over their heads, enough to eat, and enough money to pay the bills. Give them those things and they don't care who is in charge.
There is some truth to this.