Kate Stokes says it well:

Nothing says “free and fair” like an inauguration that needs miles of razor wire and 25k troops to protect it from the voters.

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” —James Madison, Address at the Virginia Convention, June 16, 1788.