Interesting concept Garret_Connelly, and perhaps I might change my mind after I ponder it more but at the moment I disagree. Democracy is from the Greek: Demos meaning the people and kratia meaning rule. So the very nature of the word itself is about government. And of course this is indeed ancient. That said folks have been organizing themselves into cohesive communities for millennia before the Greeks ruled.
Perhaps my problem is one of semantics. Would we, as nation, not be better off if we sought consensus, which is also a form of democracy? In a nation split by racial and class divisions, which are further exacerbated by the two major parties every election cycle so that they can maintain power, our form of democracy has simply come down to casting a vote in a winner takes all system (which could be made a lot more fair), and then the vast majority of us walk away for another two years while the elected officials make all the policy decisions that affect our lives.
Our system could just as easily require that our elected representatives consult with their constituents and reach a consensus before casting policy votes. Using a Peoples Movement Assembly process (PMA), an issue or slate of issues can be brought to communities for discussion and input before these decisions are made. Imagine what the country would have said to the question, "Should the US taxpayers bail out the big banks?
The democracy we have had in this nation has many shortcomings, but in my mind with the right process, democracy is the only form of government that can deliver us all to a happier and better quality of life.