Not new, but perhaps more concise.
Whether elected or appointed, public officials resent being demoted to being public servants. So, yes, government by the people, aka democracy, is under attack by those who would be governing us. Since Republicans are royalists at heart, who would just as soon be ruled, they are less constroversial from the poobahs’ point of view.
The founders were wise to schedule elections every two years. We have been foolish in granting some officials life tenure. Of course, when the average life expectancy was 40, that was not a significant problem.