Exorcism of a Constitutional Monarchy

by Nic Olson

In less than a week, you can exercise democracy, and you can exorcise democracy.

I watched ‘The Rite’ last week. Another Anthony Hopkins triumph; he becomes a better actor with age and gets creepier with each film. A film about exorcisms, probably the greatest of the genre, where the exorcist becomes the possessed and a nonbeliever must perform the exorcism. This is the story of the 2011 election. The fact that I vote sometimes surprises me, seeing that I don’t believe in the system or don’t really identify with any of of the power hungry leaders. At some point the system became possessed with the demons of apathy, greed, and control, and it will take those who don’t believe, the nonbelievers of democracy, to exorcise the system from the legions of demonic politicians that dominate it. This is our chance to become extreme Catholics.

I am performing my act of exorcism by mail. I sat on the floor, wrote a name on my paper, blessed it with several New Testament verses and dropped my ballot in the big red Canada Post ballot box on the street just after I crossed myself. There are many ways to go about voting, as long as you do it and do it selflessly. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, as long as you vote informed. Exercise your right. Exorcise what’s right. We are all screwed.

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