If "real democracy" came to the U.S., we'd definitely need a revolution. Not much could be worse. Even with a dictatorship, there is a chance of having a competent dictator - with democracy there is no such chance, unless you have pretty strict control over who is part of your population. Most of the problems we have now are the result of leaning too far toward democracy.
No, I didn't think it was funny, either.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing … more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature [with] no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men …. John Stuart Mill