COLBY, Kan. - The Democrats, just like the Republicans, have come away from their pep rally with the hope that they have fired up the team. The crowd was behind them in the rally. The question now is: Will the expanded crowd that wasn't at the convention, in person, have caught the fever and enthusiasm?
As Dr. Mark Hansen pointed out at the Colby Community College's "Max Pickerell Lecture Series" the other night, the older generations of both parties tend to be in the center and more moderate than the younger generations. We (the older generation) are more aware of historical trends. I'm not nearly as excitable as I was some sixty years ago. We have survived a lifetime of failures and successes, and the sun is still rising in the east and setting in the west on a predictable schedule. We have learned to adapt to the changing seasons, heat cycles and cold cycles. We haven't always predicted, with absolute accuracy, the conditions and haven't always been prepared with proper adaptation.