Look, this isn't a pissing contest over who was more democratic than the other in year X. I'm saying that both to you and to other people here. Bottom line: During the late 1700's and early 1800, most Americans viewed Britain as a tyrannical nation, and some evidence supported this view. Whether or not Britain was more or less democratic than America during that period is irrelevant to my original point: We focused on their negatives, cast them as an undemocratic power, and thus cast ourselves as the opposite--the democratic freedom fighter nation. This self-image has stuck and has consequences today. Re-read my original post if you don't understand.You were not a true democracy either, blacks and women were excluded too...and at the end of the eighteen century Great Britain was already a de facto constitutional monarchy, the power being in the hands of the Parliament.
You bring up a good point, and certainly our lack of serious foreign threats through much of our history is a factor, but I think our history of conflict is also a factor. Just ask average Americans about "Socialism" and you will almost always get a knee-jerk negative response that inevitably equates the system with our former enemies, the Soviet Union.Well, the history of the US is basically the same as any other country...there is no link between the distrust of the state and its enemies it had to fight. On the contrary the more a country has to struggle against powerful neighbours the more it becomes centralized. That was the relative absence of enemies at your borders that allowed a greater degree of freedom for the citizens and a lesser degree of involvement by the state.