Here’s an cartoon that, while clever, expresses a fundamental misunderstanding that is very common:
The problem is that this implies that democracy is somehow incompatible with autocracy and theocracy, but that simply isn’t true. Theocracy can be implemented as easily through democratic means as it can through dictatorial or monarchial means — perhaps more easily because the support of a majority of the people will give theocracy a legitimacy it would lack if imposed by a king or a dictator, if only in the minds of those who think democracy is synonymous with liberty (which seems to be far too many people).
That’s the whole point of having a Bill of Rights that attempts to put individual liberty out of the reach of elected legislatures. And when democracy and liberty are in conflict, as they often are, it is liberty that should be the trump card.