DSenette wrote:the whole idea of a democracy is that everyone is allowed to cast a vote, no matter why they're casting the vote they're casting.
No, it isn't. That's silly. casting a vote is not the whole idea of democracy. It is not the point of democracy, it isn't necessary for democracy, nor is it sufficient for democracy.
Casting votes is one of the many methods to available to us to achieve democratic goals. It is not democracy in and of itself. Casting votes can even hinder democracy:
The 20th Century Italian thinkers Vilfredo Pareto and Gaetano Mosca (independently) argued that democracy was illusory, and served only to mask the reality of elite rule. Indeed, they argued that elite oligarchy is the unbendable law of human nature, due largely to the apathy and division of the masses (as opposed to the drive, initiative and unity of the elites), and that democratic institutions would do no more than shift the exercise of power from oppression to manipulation.
From the very first paragraph of wikipedia's entry on democracy: "Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows people to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws." Does voting for a candidate that has a 'funny name' do anything to give you a say in the proposal, development, and creation of laws? No, it does not. Ergo, therefore, it is not a democratic concept.
Does voting for a candidate that has the same opinions as you about the proposal, development, and creation of laws give you a say in the proposal, development, and creation of laws? Yes, yes it does. Therefore, it is a democratic concept.