Has anyone run for president without a rival?

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Hello, my name is reflective_artic_fox and I will be discussing whether or not any president has campaigned unopposed. Not having a contestant in this case could be good and bad, depending on certain views. These views could differ and change but they are mostly opinionated.

If it were for the actual president's view, it would be positive, as they get the top job without having to work too hard. However, this could also be negative if they had had second thoughts about it, and actually regret becoming one. This could be if they were feeling guilty about the weight of responsibility upon them.

However, in the case of the public, they could feel slightly annoyed and frustrated, as they might have not got a say. They could feel surprised, as no one would be brave enough to stand up, or just wouldn't be able to. Another emotion could be happiness, as they might actually agree with the president and how he plans America's future.

There has been one quite famous president without any rivals; president George Washington himself, the first President of America. There has also been one President without any 'major' opposition, although not so well-known, president James Monroe in the second term of the 1820 election. George Washington was unopposed in both of his elections, and Monroe not been challenged for both two terms.

I think that this can be fair and unfair, depending on the candidates attitude. If they were a good president, and had very generous ideas, then it would not matter as much. But it would still affect the election as they would have technically commited a sort of sabotage, if they claimed all the power without hearing other people- or others interested in becoming President- out, then that could be unfair as there could be different ideas and plans which raise the economy. However, if you were a not so responsible and immature president, then it would definitely matter, particularly if you had a lot of power. A reason could be that no one was brave enough to stand up, or simply that they are too young or do not fit the other trend in order to be president. The reason that it would matter is that they would not be suitable, and the people probably would not agree with most of his/her ideas. They would also have a lot more power, which in the wrong hands could lead to disastrous outcomes.

The benefits of being unopposed are that you would be president without having to do much work such as funding campaigns, e.t.c. You would also have quite the upper hand, if you would know what it is like for the actual people. However, there are also downsides. You may not have the full support, as you would be a 'new recruit' and not many people will actually know what you are like. You could also not be the preferred choice, despite being the actual nominee for it. Finally, you could be listened to but not taken into account.

It is aout impossible to have an election with no one in it. For one thing, the previous president will nearly always have to attend it, unless he or she has reached the limit as their time in the White House. For another, the Vice-President also has too in most cases. Lastly, any other contestant is available to enter or quit the race, as long as they succeed the many rules regarding who you are. In the 2020 election race, Elizabeth Warren quit, claiming that people hoping for another female president 'will have to wait four more years'.

I think that this should not be the case, as being unopposed is like not having the full whole. You would still be missing key parts, as whether you and others actually want to step up and you should take other's thougths into consideration as well. Many people could not actually want you to be their leader, or migth even not want anyone to be their leader! And what if others, who might not fit the trends, but would actually be a really good president, don't support you? Then others could not support you either, as thy might support the other worthy opponenets! Finally, if you were really immature, and didn't even deserve the job, but were forced to do so because you might have had some worse- or none-opponents, then you should not get the job, in my opinion. There are also some reasons against this view, however, I think that most of these are not as important as opposing.

Thank you for readin my post, and I hope to see your opinions on it in due course!

reflective_artic_fox

Comments (40)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    05 Oct 2020

    Thank you for raising a brand new question, reflective_arctic_fox. You've used knowledge of the past to help you develop your own opinion and this is a brilliant example for others to follow. I'm very interested to hear what others think about it!

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  • Hammond School logo empathetic_brain | Hammond Junior School D
    05 Oct 2020

    It’s is interesting!

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    1. Hammond School logo jolly_history | Hammond Junior School C
      empathetic_brain's comment 16 Oct 2020

      I agree it is very interesting it's a good post👍😀💡

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  • Hammond School logo empathetic_brain | Hammond Junior School D
    05 Oct 2020

    I must say how do you know some of these facts are true?

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    1. Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
      empathetic_brain's comment 06 Oct 2020

      Sorry, but I am not sure what you mean. Are you referring to the post, or the facts? Or neither?

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      1. Hammond School logo empathetic_brain | Hammond Junior School D
        reflective_artic_fox's comment 08 Oct 2020

        Facts. If you were doing research you would probably find different opinions from different pages or websites so in this case how would you know all these facts are true?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg delightful_effort | Michael Faraday School
    05 Oct 2020

    Wow! You certainly took your time to write this! Good job! 🥰

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  • Ditton Logo active_badger | Ditton Primary School A
    06 Oct 2020

    Wow! you spent your time on this. Good job!

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    06 Oct 2020

    Well done reflective_artic_fox! I think it it unfair that you get president if you do not have any rivals because you probably automatically get the job, but I think this is unfair. It is meant to be a competition between you and another person, that is the point of an election. It builds up tension, gets people involved, and it is just luck.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      protective_dusk's comment 07 Oct 2020

      Hi protective_dusk! You say "its just luck" for whether someone wins an election. Do you think candidates could do anything to make it about more than just luck?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_mulberry | Michael Faraday School
        Katie @ the BNC's comment 10 Oct 2020

        I know this question isn’t aimed at me but I think that not all presidents were elected my ‘luck’ because some presidents could have sabotaged the election who knows?

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  • Cheam Park logo quirky_synthesizer | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    07 Oct 2020

    I think it would have never have happened I assume many people go for president and it wouldn't be so easy

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  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
    10 Oct 2020

    Hi there reflective_arctic_fox,
    ingenious_forest here.
    This is a very interesting post, you have really thought about what might happen.
    After reading your post about an unopposed President, I wondered what would happen if someone ran for President without a rival in modern-day America?
    Would the Presidential campaign change?
    Would America be different altogether?
    Would anyone have to vote at all?
    I hope you see this and think about the answers to these questions.
    Thank you for reading,
    ingenious_forest

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      ingenious_forest's comment 12 Oct 2020

      Superb questions, ingenious_forest, and a great demonstration of your willingness to listen to other views!

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    2. Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
      ingenious_forest's comment 12 Oct 2020

      Thank you for these questions, ingenious_forest!
      My opinion is that:
      a) What would happen if someone ran for President without a rival in modern-day America?
      I think that the person would be against an outcome, such as who takes control after the vice-president, and after that and so on. They would probably put the next in charge against him, so that they would have been proved to be worthy. But they could actually let him in office, if it is agreed between the person themselves, and the leading politician, then I think that they could stand quite a chance. However, it occurring is extremely unlikely, as the President and vice-president will have to not be able to try anymore.
      b) Would the Presidential campaign change?
      I think that yes, it would change, as not everyone will be able to claim that they want –or don't want– them to be president. Therefore, little would be achieved probably by campaigning. However, those in doubt might agree with him after he campaigned, and this would very likely help him when in office. The most pointed explanation for me is that it would change, because there is not much point in doing it when you are already in office, apart from making more people believe in you.
      c) Would America be different altogether?
      This, I think, depends on who the person without a rival is. If they followed the principles of the previous president, then there would be not much difference. But if they started a new world for America, then it would. Despite these, they are probably not closely linked with them being unchallenged. Still, in a way, the people's opinions and personality might change, whether they agree or disagree, and about most of the states is made by the people, and the wildlife. Different people might have different views, though, so you can choose what you believe.
      d) Would anyone have to vote at all?
      I am not exactly sure whether the actual American policies say this, but I think that the people should vote, just to check whether he/she would actually be suitable, even though they probably will win. If they do not, then they should probably still run the country, but be left to ponder upon what the people will like. If during the next debate, they win, then they should. I also think that being president because you had not rival should only happen once. If you get the majority, then you should be free to be president! (assuming you already fit the other trend).

      Thank you once again for these brilliant questions, and I hope these answer them!

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      1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
        reflective_artic_fox's comment 12 Oct 2020

        These certainly do answer my questions, and you have quite obviously thought about them in minute detail!
        I have one more question that I would like to ask, that encompasses the previous questions;

        How do you think you would feel if you were the candidate standing for President unopposed, and what would you do?

        Thank you for reading this, and I hope to hear back from you soon,
        ingenious_forest

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        1. Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
          ingenious_forest's comment 12 Oct 2020

          I would feel quite relieved but a little blown away at how good things have been turning out. This is because I would have probably been expecting to lose, or be humiliated, in front of the citizens. However, another emotion I might feel is guiltiness, as what if the public don't want me to step up and become the next President? I might also feel regretful, as I had just got it, and would have just signed on all of the weight of responsibility.
          I would probably continue, but make sure the public is in good light, and is happy with me. However, I might just resign, as I did not entirely feel up to it. Thank you!

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          1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
            reflective_artic_fox's comment 12 Oct 2020

            Wow!
            As I wrote the question in my previous comment, I asked myself how I would feel if that was me, and you have just expressed exactly what I thought at that moment!
            Thank you for answering my question,
            Well done!
            ingenious_forest

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  • Hammond School logo bold_cello | Hammond Junior School E
    12 Oct 2020

    Well done I think that going for president without a different person is unfair

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      smart_grasshopper's comment 13 Oct 2020

      Can you say whY?

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      1. Hammond School logo emotional_night | Hammond Junior School F
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 21 Oct 2020

        Well, I think it is interesting because it explains everything in detail,it includes great facts and makes an excellent balanced argument.

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  • Hammond School logo loyal_cymbals | Hammond Junior School C
    14 Oct 2020

    Hello reflective_artic_fox. I really enjoyed reading your post and it got me thinking.
    I think it is fair because if you are running for president but don’t have any rivals than it’s fair if you become president because you are the only person actually putting yourself forward for that role and it shows that nobody else is willing to do it.

    I also think it’s not fair because if you are running for president and you are the only one running it’s most likely your going to become president, but people might not like the person who is running for president many people could be unhappy and their could be some arguments in America about it. It also contradicts the fact about people have the freedom to speak.
    Due to this post it has also been thinking about some questions.
    If this happened in America now how would they deal with it?
    Would they keep the person who is president for longer until more people volunteer?
    What if nobody volunteered?
    Thank you for doing this post reflective_artic_fox I have found out some things I didn’t know.
    Thank you for reading loyal_cymbals.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      loyal_cymbals's comment 15 Oct 2020

      Great questions asked in this comment, which shows excellent listening (or in this case, reading and listening to what you have read!). Can you find out where in the world there is only one person up for election?

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      1. Hammond School logo loyal_cymbals | Hammond Junior School C
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 15 Oct 2020

        Thank you for the star Olivia. North Korea only has one person up for election all the time which is King Jong-un. He has been serving as supreme leader since 2011 and the leader of the Workers’ party since 2012.

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    2. Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
      loyal_cymbals's comment 15 Oct 2020

      Thank you for these superb questions, loyal_cymbals!
      Here is my opinion for these questions:
      1. If this happened in America how would they deal with it?
      I think that there are three chances. One is that the person next in charge will take control over the the job of president, such as thee vice-president, and the lord mayor and those next in charge. One of the others would be that the candidate just gets to get the job. Finally, the previous President could continue, until more candidates arrive.
      2. Would they keep the person who is president for longer until more people volunteer?
      As was said before, there around a 30% chance of this happening, as the old president has in a way more power than the new, as they would have already been acknowledged. However, this may change for whatever reason.
      3. What if nobody volunteered?
      For this, I am not so sure. If nobody stood up it is probable that the next in charge would go to office, but would be checked if legitimate. This could be the vice-president.
      But, the case could be that the election just stops. This is highly unlikely.
      Thanks once more for some great questions, and I do hope that these respond appropriately to them!

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      1. Hammond School logo loyal_cymbals | Hammond Junior School C
        reflective_artic_fox's comment 15 Oct 2020

        Thank you for answering my questions reflective_artic_fox

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  • Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
    16 Oct 2020

    Wow! This post is fantastic! How do you get all these facts this has so much detail thanks for including your opinion.

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  • Hammond School logo active_guava | Hammond Junior School A
    16 Oct 2020

    Hello reflective_artic_fox,
    It's active_guava here
    This was a very inspirational post, but I just have one question have you considered the fact that with no opponent to compete against the citizens may protest about not getting a voice.
    Do you think America would be different?
    Do you think this could change the way they elect today?
    I hope you see my side of things, great post.
    From active_guava

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  • Hammond School logo adventurous_beaver | Hammond Junior School D
    19 Oct 2020

    I agree, it would be great if you were the president but it could be horrible if the president is a bad one.

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  • Ditton Logo flowing_music | Ditton Primary School A
    19 Oct 2020

    People should not vote with reconishon because it mite not be aloud to be voting four presedent of the yonited stats of America. Kids under the age of 18 should not be adol to vote four who ever vay won't it to be.

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  • Hammond School logo alert_night | Hammond Junior School E
    20 Oct 2020

    Hiya! This is alert_night very nice post!

    I think that running for president is about
    Respect
    Responsibility
    Listening to other ideas

    It's so important that they should do that because they shouldn't be president otherwise. These bullet points stand for the three points of being president in conclusion I am saying I don't know whether it should be BIDEN or TRUMP but I'm sure it should be Biden but they both have to lay off the attitude because they will make America violent from what they have seen their president fight like little kids

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg jovial_lime | Noel Park Primary School
    20 Oct 2020

    Hello,it’s jovial_lime,that is a very interesting post😃 👍,
    I think that it is possible to elect for president even if there you have a rival,
    Here are some questions,
    1.IF you were electing for president,what would you do if your rival elected too?
    A.Be polite
    B.Make a scene
    C.Other
    2.WHAT would you do if your rival got elected for president?
    A.Stay calm
    B.Revenge!!!!
    C.Nothing
    This post is kind of related to BIDEN and TRUMP and they are both rivals,
    First of all,Biden and Trump are rivals and in the debate,they didn’t show a good example on the debate as they just insulted each other.
    Thank you for this AMAZING post 😁👍

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  • Hammond School logo good_sparrow | Hammond Junior School E
    20 Oct 2020

    Wow amazing work reflective_artic_fox :)

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  • Hammond School logo secure_coconut | Hammond Junior School F
    21 Oct 2020

    Wow that is AMAZING you must be so proud of yourself well done 👌interesting point of view. 🥥

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg vivacious_oboe | Michael Faraday School
    22 Oct 2020

    Very descriptive :)

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