While walking down the street one day, a Liberal politician was tragically hit by a truck and died. His soul arrived in heaven and was met by St. Peter at the entrance.
“Welcome to Heaven,” said St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” said the Liberal.
“Well, I’d like to but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you 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,” said the Liberal politician.
“I’m sorry but we have our rules.” And, with that, St. Peter escorts the Liberal to the elevator and he went down, down, down to Hell. The doors opened and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance was a club and standing in front of it were all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone was very happy and in evening dress. They ran to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster and caviar. Also present was the Devil (like him, a Liberal), who really was a very friendly guy who had a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They were having such a good time that, before he realized it, it was time to go. Everyone gave him a big hug and waved while he entered the elevator. The elevator went up, up, up and the door reopened on Heaven where St. Peter was waiting for him.
“Now it’s time to visit Heaven,” said St. Peter. The Liberal politician joined a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They had a good time and, before he realized it, the 24 hours were gone by and St. Peter returned.
“Well then, you’ve spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity,” said St. Peter.
After barely a minute of reflection, the Liberal politician answered: “Well, I would never have thought it, I mean Heaven was delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell.”
So St. Peter escorted the politician to the elevator and he went down to Hell. Then the doors of the elevator opened and suddenly he found himself in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He saw all of his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. The Devil came over to the Liberal and laid an arm on his neck.
“I don’t understand,” stammered the Liberal politician. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.”
The Devil looked at him, smiled, and said, “But yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted for us!”
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