Why did many stalwarts argue that ending the spoils system was antirepublican and contrary to the democratic heritage of the United States?

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The reason for this is that it can seem democratic to have the party that wins an election get to pick the people that it wants to have in governmental office.

In a civil service system, the elected branches don't have much say over who gets government offices.  This is, you can argue, antidemocratic.  The people who run the government in this system are not elected and are not even appointed by those who are elected.  

In this view, the spoils system is democratic because the people get to have a hand in appointing government officials at least indirectly because they elected the people who appoint the government officials.

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