Following the Mexican "war" and addition of new territories (which even the vocally anti-war Whigs were not willing to return to Mexico), the issue facing the nation was the expansion of slavery. That discussion, and all of politics, was poisoned NOT because of slavery or the importance of the issue (it WAS important), but because the spirit of compromise and moderation was dead or dying. So often we think of "compromise" as evil or demeaning. Must it be so? Couldn't there be some middle ground reached in many of our world conflicts right now? Thoughts?