It’s Election Day. I submitted a written ballot a few days ago, but today I’m celebrating participating in my first election ever. Between living abroad and changing citizenships I’ve just never felt comfortable voting before. But this post — a brief post, like mmiles’ — is to highlight a small but significant distinction that maybe we ought to remember more often. It is simply to say that people can be politically conservative but religiously/socially quite liberal on a personal level. Similarly, someone that votes along liberal political lines might be very conservative in their religious/social practices. The easy platforms of mainstream political parties make us think in binary terms. As it turns out, humans are complex creatures capable of nuance. When we talk sloppily about “conservatives” and “liberals” we do ourselves a disservice — better for us to address each other as individuals and to eschew simplistic ways of viewing each other.