Democratic man is too weak to accept the reality of Democracy. The ideas crush his mind.
This is not surprising: democratic man's basic more is to commit all three deadly sins. They have committed fully to vice. As a result they have committed fully to powerlessness.
A truth all ancient men knew without having to talk about it: if a man wants something, he has to take it by force. All his wealth is seized by dint of tremendous effort. Nobody is going to give him anything for free, not even death.
Democratic man wants "freedom," which in practice means asking for permission to take things. Clearly the true answer is no; permission is not granted. Democracy is an illusion. Polities move directly from plutarchy to tyranny.
As the realities of his polities decay further the strength required to accept Reality becomes higher. Meanwhile, democratic man becomes even weaker, even less able to handle an honest appraisal of his environment.
By the time your polity becomes democratic, it is too late. Nothing can halt the decline and ultimate collapse. The necessary virtue simply doesn't exist. If you tell this to democratic man, he will clamour for "solutions," yet the solution is as death to him in any case. He would have to give up his "freedom" and stop being democratic.
On the plus side, democratic man is so weak that you can casually 1v1000 him. "If I'm going down, I'm taking you with me!"
Democratic man can't be saved, but there's also no reason to save him. Don't try to usurp Gnon's prerogatives.