The broader citizenship did not passively wait for elite men to decide how their government should work. Instead, they mobilized and created political structures based on a rich history of broad-based political participation.
What the Establishment really fears is a challenge to the status quo and the empowerment of ordinary people—a democratization of politics rather than the mere administration of the state by political insiders.
The cravenly undemocratic ethos of the Republican Party is reaching new heights in their desperation to retain power at any cost. Theirs are not the actions of a government responsible to the people, but those of a cabal of self-interested elites.