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Henry Clay is the most famous centrist of all time. Matter of fact, he was given the name, “The Great Compromiser.”
All during his time of being the senator from Kentucky, he fought to keep the Union together by being a centrist on the issue of slavery. He proudly took the Quakers and abolitionists on one side, and the plantation and slave owners from Dixie on the other side, and sat them down to come up with a way to continue slavery while also guaranteeing that certain states in the Union would be slave free.
In doing so, he ended up stealing the freedom of more black men, women and children than any other person in the United States.
A Civil War that should have been fought twenty years earlier was further enraged by years and years of unrelenting and unfulfilling compromise.
Sometimes there is no centrist position.
There is no arena for the propagation of the idea that “all men are kind of created equal.”
There’s no room for “freedom of most speech.”
And there is no possibility that rights are only given to those who presently have enough lawyers to wrangle them.
Henry Clay was a centrist. Because he kept us from dealing with a national tragedy, he will always be known as the person who managed to delay the inevitable Civil War that killed hundreds of thousands.