The sole purpose of democratic politics is to provide a forum to air grievances and redress wrongs, both in the body politic, and in the legal realms. All people have a voice, and select representatives to the various legislative and administrative bodies to carry out their will. The genius of democracy is to submit to the will of the electorate often, to allow for course correction and adjustment. . I do not see the job as the elimination of opposition, for that would imply we are engaged in a war. Rather, it is the peaceful and rational discussion to achieve a just and equitable resolution of the problems we all face. Often, this means involving the will of minorities as well as majorities, without having a tyranny of either. Today, we have become two partisan and too ideological to compromise. This is reflected in the media; there used to be a push to the center, but now the media is unremittingly partisan and battle lines drawn. Few talk civilly and race is used demagogically. Illegal means are used to harm the opponents, such as using the IRS to keep conservative groups from raising money. Malefactors are hidden within a stone wall of redacted reports, government secrecy and elected officials who refuse to testify. The very people who are supposed to investigate criminality are not doing an investigation. So, I see your frustration. It appears like any means are permissible. This is a radical position, one which does not cooperate and compromise, but confronts and criticizes. As Saul Alinsky said, "The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition." Even in his system, Alinsky needed the opposition; one cannot promote progress, if there isn't something to oppose.
Probably. This sounds like something Machiavelli came up with. In today's Western Civilization, we generally do not eliminate opponents by murder, but if we can eliminate them through black mail, mud slinging, or scandal, then yes I would say that that would be ONE pillar of politics, not necessarily the ONLY though.