The use of the Civil War to show where Congressional compromise has failed is an extreme measure, but in our current Congress other battles have been pitched from entrenched positions with unfortunate consequences, showing the need for compromise.
Neither party stands for anything permanent. For several years, I've been hoping for a realignment that produces a party system representing mainstream America, with the fringe elements agitating in the wings. I'm still hoping.
Libertarians looking to have a higher-profile candidate than they did in 2004 are rejoicing this week-end as former Congressman Bob Barr announced that he is forming a presidential explanatory committee.