I've never paid as close attention to party politics as I did during the 2016 election. While I've always considered myself a Democrat, I've never actually given a shit about the party itself or the loyalty to it that I'm apparently supposed to have. After the primaries, I decided that I can no longer call myself a member of any political party (Ohio doesn't allow me to make it official, so you'll have to take my word for it). These days I call myself an Independent Socialist, but this is just a label, and it's not important. My opinions are mine - not some party's that I'm blindly following.
Party loyalty, in my opinion, is a great way to prevent rational discussion and understanding of "the other guy's" viewpoint. For the past several months, I've observed such an insane amount of hypocrisy from both Republicans and Democrats that can only be explained as a complete unwillingness to put country (or more specifically, Americans) before party.
When a politician from "their party" does something questionable/objectionable/wrong, a party loyalist will always find some way to defend them. The most frequent and by far laziest defense is "but the other guy did it too". This is done to prevent having to admit that someone in your party made a mistake. I don't understand blind loyalism. Bernie was my candidate of choice in 2016, and I readily admit that he was not a perfect candidate, nor did I necessarily agree with his entire platform. I voted for Obama twice and don't regret it, but he absolutely did things that pissed me off. This is ok. This is normal. This is healthy. You're not admitting weakness by acknowledging that another human being is imperfect.
Every single politician is flawed in some way. Every single politician makes bad choices. Every single politician misses the mark on occasion. If I'm talking to a Trump supporter who rabidly defends his many trips to Mar-a-Lago but despised Obama for taking some golf trips, there's no real conversation to be had, because this isn't a rational stance. I'm tossing around the idea of starting a series called "Reasons to shut the fuck up". It would be all about the endless examples of hypocrisy from both sides; a situation which leads to fuck all getting accomplished in what is currently the dumpster fire that is our country."