<p>Politicians are people holding or seeking office in government and participating in both the art and science of government.</p>
<blockquote><p>“Politics is derived from the words poly and ticks…Poly meaning many, and ticks meaning blood sucking parasites…” – <a href="http://www.smothersbrothers.com/press_room/LegendsInConcert.htm" target="_blank">The Smoothers Brothers</a></p></blockquote>
Thomas Jefferson is credited with having said, “equal rights for all, special privileges for none,” a slogan that other progressive Democrats like Williams Jennings Bryan embraced.
William Jennings Bryan can be considered the father of modern American left-wing and right-wing populism, including progressivism, the religious right, workers’ movements like the free-silver movement, the income tax, direct elections of Senators, and more.
George Washington ran without any serious opposition in 1789 and 1792 and James Monroe was re-elected without serious opposition in 1820. Thus, we can say “they ran unopposed” and be mostly correct.
In the U.S., the President and Vice President are elected by getting a majority of electoral college votes, they are not elected by popular vote.