Why did Stalwarts argue that ending the spoils system contradicted US democratic heritage?

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The spoils system was introduced to the US (or was at least made famous) during the time of Pres. Andrew Jackson, who was the hero of the Democratic Party for a long time.  The Stalwarts would have agreed with Jackson that the spoils system was more democratic than a more merit based system such as was set up by the Pendleton Act.

A civil service system puts people in bureaucratic office based on their knowledge and expertise.  This is, one can argue, undemocratic because these people are not elected nor are they appointed on the basis of political affiliation.  You can argue (as the Stalwarts would have) that when Democrats are elected to office, the people want a Democratic government.  That means Democrats should be appointed to the bureaucratic positions.

To this way of thinking, it is more democratic to have elected leaders appoint whoever they want to all the bureaucratic positions instead of having those appointments made simply on merit and with no regard to what the voters want.

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

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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