Do you believe that EVERYTHING is politics and those who play the game well win and end up on
top whether it is in the corporate, societal, or familial sphere?
When you ask if "everything is politics" you are covering a broad area that goes beyond political party membership, but personal views, impacts and other.
Some decisions are what is best for the country and the people, but since everyone will not agree, it can be viewed as politics, because some may receive no direct benefit, but the action is best for the country. As an example, most cities have libraries and parks paid with taxes paid by everyone, including those that do not use the parks and libraries. However, the presence of parks and libraries is more likely to attract new residents.
I cannot swim. I have voted for taxes to build more public pools, because they provide a needed service.
A representative form of a democratic government as we now have in the U.S. is going to use politics as a tool for promoting or opposing varius issues. I think political parties have too much control in Congress. Committee assignments should be made upon experience, interest in the subject and years in office. It should not be up to the prevailing party to decide committee assignments, assignment of office space and other related issues. However, during the debate and negotiations, it has to be accepted that there will be different views--political views--and accordingly, politics will play a pivotal part in the decision-making process on both issues. The difference is that if political parties did not control Congressional operations, those people who tend to be liberal may vote in a conservative manner, and a conservative may go along with the liberals. The difference is that the Congressmen would know they only have to justify their actions to the people who elected them and not to the leaders of the political party they choose to join.
In a matter of fact the answer is yes. Politics for the most part is getting people to agree on something to move an agenda forward.
Those who hate to negotiate, trade favors, or sell others on their ideas tend to have less success than those who are on the "top".
There are basically two ways to gain power.
1. Take it (At it's most barbaric level this may include going to war)
2. Persuasion (Convincing others to give it to you). That's politics!
There is an old adage that goes:
"Good things may come to those who (wait) but those are the things left behind by those who (hustled)."
Succeeding in life generally requires having a goal and a plan. No one succeeds without gaining input from other people! Successful people work the phones, knock on doors, and ask for favors.
They love to negotiate and persuade others.
Lots of people hate that "game".
They'd rather (let it/hope it) happens than to (make it) happen.
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