More Hillary Clinton How Do We Overcome Hypocrisy? Allegations of Foreign Election Tampering Have Always Rung Hollow Hillary’s New — Ever Lengthening — List of Lies Shift 115,000 votes the other way in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania and we’re not having this discussion. When Democrats assert that Clinton’s loss proves that the Electoral College must go, they’re saying that those lost 115,000 votes are enough to justify overturning two and a quarter centuries of American constitutional order. In 2012, it was Republicans who wanted upheaval over an invented margin of a few hundred thousand votes.
In contrast to his strong stand against South Carolina, Andrew Jackson took no action after Georgia claimed millions of acres of land that had been guaranteed to the Cherokee Indians under federal law, and he declined to enforce a . Supreme Court ruling that Georgia had no authority over Native American tribal lands. In 1835, the Cherokees signed a treaty giving up their land in exchange for territory west of Arkansas , where in 1838 some 15,000 would head on foot along the so-called Trail of Tears . The relocation resulted in the deaths of thousands.
The Constitution provides that "the President of the Senate shall, in presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the [electoral] certificates, and the votes shall then be counted." Certain Republicans held that the power to count the votes lay with the President of the Senate, the House and Senate being mere spectators. The Democrats objected to this construction, since Mr. Ferry, the Republican President of the Senate, could then count the votes of the disputed states for Hayes. The Democrats insisted that Congress should continue the practice followed since 1865, which was that no vote objected to should be counted except by the concurrence of both houses. The House had a solid Democratic majority; by throwing out the vote of one state, it could elect Tilden.