I watched convention coverage of the RNC last week and the DNC this week through The Young Turks on Youtube, just as an explanation of where I got my feed of the material. I also supported Bernie Sanders during the primary. As far as my own political leanings...I don't belong to any party. I'd prefer an economic system more like Denmark or Sweden, nations with the highest levels of happiness among citizens...so that would put me somewhat more to the Left than even Bernie.
I'm a fairly level-headed person. I've observed things that occurred during the Democratic primary with at least an eyebrow raise, however. The smears of Bernie delegates at the Nevada caucus and the DNC emails showing bias against his campaign are a couple of the points of evidence that I find lend to a pattern of dishonesty and favoritism by the DNC for Hillary. It doesn't surprise me, though--this is American politics we're talking about. George Washington, in his farewell address, warned against becoming enamored of any particular political party. Add to that becoming enamored of any particular political figure as well. We don't need any more cults of personality, whether Trump or Sanders. The ideals Bernie espouses are what I am for.
For all of that, however, there needs to be additional perspective on the entire election. I see a lot of people, Clinton or Sanders supporters, caught up in the moment. Demographics are changing for the better in the U.S. More people are liberal, more people support LGBTQ rights...heck, more people aged 18-29 believe in socialism more than capitalism. Change is coming, because...change always comes. Just read history to see how far we've come. Life is change, so the saying goes. The question is just how fast that change comes.
A good example of people disagreeing on the pace of change is the civil rights movement...but not just in the 50s and 60s. Dr. King and Malcolm X were that era's example of different paces of change, but the better example would be Booker T Washington and W. E. B. DuBois and their desires to move the fledgling NAACP in different directions. Some want change to come now, and some think that would be counterproductive and push for change to be manageable. You see that in comparison with many Hillary supporters and Bernie supporters...and even among Bernie supporters themselves.
My personal belief, what I strive for, is practicality. I don't honestly expect the U.S. to become a model Scandinavian socialist state any time soon, but I want concrete steps in that direction. I don't like how much Hilary and much of the Democratic establishment are beholden to moneyed interests, like you would expect any establishment to become over time, as history has borne out so many times. And yet...I don't like the calls to 'burn it all down' like some Bernie supporters want. That's a fine thing to call for in abstract, from the comfort of middle-class homes or relative safety...but it doesn't take into account the lives of millions who would suffer because of that. Not to mention putting a fascist and his enablers in control of the government...something that has never worked well in history. Those particular Bernie supporters are not the first people to suggest or even push for bringing the whole structure down by seeing the enemy elected or put into power. You just don't risk putting people like them in any position of authority. Things tend to escalate much faster and for much worse than anyone expects.
I see some handful of good things in Hillary. Mostly, though, I see a corporate enabler who is socially center-left and economically center-right...exactly the same as President Obama. Trump, though, I see as a demagogue. He would be even worse than Dubya as far as letting his handlers run the show, while maintaining his populist face to the public. Most terrifying, though, would be his likely ability to name enough Supreme Court Justices to create a hard-right court for two decades. That would throw a wrench in the works of any positive gains in the Congress or Presidency for that amount of time as well. What would be the point of turning the entire Congress and Presidency liberal in four or eight years if the Supreme Court could just declare their enacted laws as unconstitutional? No...as much as I dislike Hillary, there are more things at stake than just overturning Citizen's United and the systemic corruption of money in politics. Just turning the Supreme Court Liberal would be a huge step forward.
The changing demographics of the country cannot be stopped. Time cannot be turned back, as history has shown. And, like a fault line, the longer the forces of Conservatism try to hold back the inevitable march of progress, the larger the quake will be when it finally hits. It can go down like the British Empire...or it can go down like the Roman Empire. I'd prefer the Brits.