Parable for Election Day

BallotBoxStampWhile walking down the street one day a corrupt Senator is tragically hit by a car and dies. When his soul arrives in heaven, he’s met by St. Peter at the gate.

Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. But before you settle in, I have orders from the higher ups. You have to spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”

“Really? I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the Senator.

“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.” And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

When the doors open, he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course with a clubhouse in the distance. Standing there are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

They run to greet him, shake his hand, and happily reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.

The devil’s there too. He’s a very friendly guy who’s having a good time dancing and telling jokes. But time passes quickly, and suddenly it’s time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting.“Now it’s time to visit heaven.”

The Senator joins a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell…

The doors of the elevator open and now he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

“I dont understand,” stammers the senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now theres just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?

The devil smiles at him and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning. Today, you voted.”


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