Politics, Politicians, and Demonic Possession
“One of the artifices of Satan is, to induce men to believe that he does not exist: another, perhaps equally fatal, is to make them fancy that he is obliged to stand quietly by, and not to meddle with them, if they get into true silence.” 1836 book “Quakerism Examined” by John Wilkinson
The title and topic are a bit tongue in cheek on one level, but very symbolic on another level. I started musing on this concept while reading Blood Sacrifice, a detective novel. A woman is murdered and the prime suspect, a priest, said he was doing an exorcism. Here is an interesting passage the priest quotes from one of his reference books.
“The Ritual mentions three symptoms,” he said. “Talking in unknown languages, exhibiting superhuman strength, and knowing what’s hidden.” I nodded. “And,” he added, “in my considerable experience, and that of the countless exorcists I’ve spoken to, these always surface during an exorcism, never before.” Lister, Michael. Six John Jordan Mysteries (John Jordan Mysteries Collections) . Pulpwood Press. Kindle Edition.
The novel, Blood Sacrifice, volume 5 in Lister’s collection, is well written and a good read. Okay, but how does possession relate to politics and politicians?
When we look at the politicians at the federal level, we see some interesting things. There are at least three senators that seem like the walking dead, as well as some members of the House of Representatives that appear to have some cognitive challenges. So does the current President, as well as several past Supreme Court Justices.
Someone or some organization understands the office is more important than the incumbent. They keep zombie politicians in office to maintain power. The agency needs to be exorcised, and the politician needs to be excommunicated.
The old ritual of excommunication in the Catholic Church was Bell, Book, and Candle. In some ways, excommunication is like exorcism. Both cast something out of a body. In exorcism, it is a demonic spirit from a person’s body. With excommunication, it is a person from the body of the church. It is also like impeachment. Both are highly ritualized and the result, if proven guilty, is to cast out.
The Constitution, in Article II, section 3, states:
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
This implies that any federal politician or employee can be impeached, not just the President. Article II, section 4, confirms it:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
USA Facts states, “Congress has impeached 15 judges, three presidents, one secretary of war, and, as mentioned, Senator Blount Senator Blount, whose charges were dismissed.” Senator Blount was impeached in 1799, very early in our Constitutional history, but it does set a precedence.
But it has not been used against a member of Congress since then. Internally, Congress has taken action against several members. Five congressional representatives have been expelled, three of which during the Civil War. 26 members have been censured, 12 have been reprimanded (a lessor sanction) and four have been excluded (not allowed to take a seat in Congress). 14 senators were expelled during the Civil War and Blount was expelled. 18 were subjected to expulsion proceedings, but not expelled. 9 senators were censured. Excluding the Civil War, only 3 members of Congress have been expelled. Censure and reprimands are largely ceremonial and seem to have little effect. Adam Schiff was the last censured member in 2023 and we have seen how powerless that was.
I suspect we need a combination of exorcism and excommunication. There appear to be people/organizations behind the zombie politicians and perhaps even the ones that appear somewhat competent. Given the way Congress treats the citizens and the lack of meaningful results.
I suspect something possesses it. I know that sounds like conspiracy theories, and perhaps that is true. Congress and whatever is behind it is like the description of the devil in the opening quote. It hides behind a phantasy and does little or nothing to expose itself if people stay quiet. In this respect, it is like the Marxism that grew quietly in our schools and universities after the fall of the Soviet Union. They managed to convince society the devil did not exist while secretly they made offerings to it.
We have zombie politicians, soaring budget deficits, and ineffective solutions that brief well, but do not solve problems. If Congress is not possessed, then we need a lot of Bell, Book, and Candle. The first reasonable congressman to consider is Adam Schiff. He was already censured and there appears to be grounds for impeachment.
But, given their history, Congress seems unwilling or unable to conduct impeachments of its members. Perhaps we need to re-look at the impeachment process in the Constitution. We also need clauses in Article I and Article III that parallel the 25th Amendment to remove members of congress and judges if “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”