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Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Political Email I Received

This illicted an odd reaction from me. Part of me wanted to laugh, but at the same time, I wanted to cry.

While walking down the street one day a US Senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says 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," says the man. "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," 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. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse. Standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and 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 champagne.

Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave at him while the elevator rises...

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him."Now it's time to visit heaven."

So, 24 hours pass with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time. 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. Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with foul smelling waste and putrid 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 shoulder. "I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse. We ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The Devil looks at him, smiles and says,"Yesterday we were campaigning...... Today you voted."


  • That is rather funny.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 11/10/2006 4:50 AM  

  • Whoah, you got spammed!

    While this story is truly sad in it's incorrect portrayal of both heaven and hell, it has a tinge of truth in that sin does look enticing and the devil is truly on the "campaign trail".

    However, they will not be picking up garbage forever, but burning in unquenchable fire.

    By Blogger Jim, at 11/10/2006 11:32 AM  

  • That is a classic.

    By Blogger Jonathan Moorhead, at 11/10/2006 3:49 PM  

  • That would be funny if it wasn't so realistic.

    By Anonymous Gordon Cloud, at 11/10/2006 9:58 PM  

  • Whoah, I did get spammed! Time to word verification back on.
    I agree, Jim, it is an incorrect portrayal of both heaven and hell. I liked the story more for the political mood - I was a little dissapointed for the election results. Also - I appreciated the parallel between the lies of the devil and those of campaigners.

    Thanks, Matthew, Jim, Jonathan, and Gordon.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/13/2006 8:51 AM  

  • It is very depressing seeing spam in your comments.

    I was thinking of taking word verification off another one of my blogs. The reason being that blogger often messes them up and makes posting comments temporarily impossible.

    God Bless


    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 11/13/2006 2:25 PM  

  • Well, I would not want to be responsible for you being depressed, Matthew. ;~) I am glad there is such a thing as word verification. Is it depressing because it feels like no one is manning the blog? ... Like I am gone?

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/13/2006 3:08 PM  

  • Yes. Please don't go.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 11/14/2006 7:52 AM  

  • That's hilarious Rose.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/14/2006 4:42 PM  

  • I am not going.

    Todd, I am glad you appreciated it.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/15/2006 2:25 PM  

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