How a group of nuns inadvertently revealed conservative hypocrisy on the burden of government

Driving a couple of hundred miles to reach an abortion clinic isn't an undue burden, but signing a letter is?

Little Sisters of the Poor speak with reporters in Colorado
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Do you feel overly burdened by your government? Unless you're a libertarian who's particularly sensitive to that sort of thing, the answer may depend on what day it is — whether you just paid your taxes, say, or you're fighting with your town over the helicopter pad you want to install on your roof. But we all put up with government burdens every day, because that's a bargain we make for living in something other than a state of anarchy.

The government tells me that I have to stop at red lights, which makes my journey slower than I might like it to be — but the government also built the road that I'm driving on, which makes my journey a great deal quicker than it would be if they hadn't. If you want to know how wonderful life is without a government burdening your daily activities, you can ask the people of Somalia.

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