Democracy works when there are a large number of people who think for themselves.
If one does a biographical search of who signed the Declaration of Independence there are fifty six of the best and the brightest. They were drafting a document for themselves.
There were no sheep, no mindless followers.
The Constitution of the United States, written eleven years after the Declaration of Independence, had a number of the same members as well as others, all the best and the brightest.
The idea that they were representatives of the general population was a bit of a stretch, but they did have the interests of the majority in mind.
Those men who gathered to draft the Constitution had lived a life of some privilege and autonomy and their response to the demands of the British King was basically,
‘Who do you Think you are trying to Order Around?”