After Trump’s inauguration as president, I attended a protest rally in front of the American Embassy, in Toronto. Referring to the people demonstrating, one protester was beating a drum chanting This is What Democracy Looks Like. I thought how cool is that! It prompted an adrenaline burst: out on the street, with le peuple, executing our democratic rights, expressing our opinion against power. It was invigorating.
It was only after hearing the same cry at the Washington demonstrations that I came to realise that this phrase was a common slogan. I felt somehow deceived.
Voting is another form of expression. Presumably the outcome is also an aspect of what democracy looks like.