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    Reading this part...

    But in a free society, those two conditions cannot be maintained perpetually and indefinitely (knock on wood), which may explain why the conservative movement in the US has shown a tendency to crash and burn whenever it runs into realities (the 1991 recession, the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 financial meltdown, etc.) that can neither be assimilated by the false conservative reality nor fully denied by its inhabitants -- thus puncturing the doublethink bubble.

    So far, however, these setbacks have all proven temporary. The conservative "mind" has shown an impressive ability to pick itself up and put itself back on the track after every derailment. Whether that's mainly due to the machine’s technical efficiency, or a testament to the sheer power of the will to believe among the conservative faithful, I don't know. Both, I suspect.

    ...made me think of a segment from yesterday's "Meet the Press"...

    MR. GREGORY:  All right, Congresswoman, before, before we move on, make the case for why, as Ron suggests, the Republican Party is on the right side of this economic debate in this election year.

    REP. BLACKBURN:  The reason the Republican Party is on the right side of this economic debate is simply this:  The election is going to be about freedom, and the American people know that being dependent on the federal government for home loans, for your health care, for your education, for your jobs, even for the kind of lightbulb that you want to put in the fixture is not the aspirations of a free people.  And because of that, we are on the right side of this argument.  Everything that we're discussing here affects every...

    MR. GREGORY:  What--but hold on, Congresswoman.  What did freedom get the American people during--that led to the financial collapse?  Is that not a fair question about the limits of, of the free capitalist system?

    REP. BLACKBURN:  We know, we know that if you let free markets work--there is no expiration date on the free market.  There is no expiration date on the American economy.  What the American people do not like is the overreach of government, and they are seeing it time and again.

    MR. GREGORY:  I'm sorry, Congresswoman, my question was what did the free, what did the free market get us, what did freedom get us in the economic collapse?  You had an absence of government regulation, and you had the free market running wild.  Look what the result was.

    REP. BLACKBURN:  And you need, and you need more oversight.  We all agree with that.

    MR. GREGORY:  Mm-hmm.

    REP. BLACKBURN:  And the financial bill that Senator Corker and them are working on would lead to more oversight.  The Goldman charges that have come forward now, David, they have come forward under existing SEC rules.

    MR. GREGORY:  Right.

    REP. BLACKBURN:  More oversight, which I have always been a proponent of, would have helped us with this.

    MR. GREGORY:  Well, let me just move on for a second.

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