A powerful senator dies. His soul arrives by St. Peter at the Heaven entrance.
Says St. Peter. “We rarely see a high official here, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” says the Senator.
“What we’ll do is have you spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”
“I want to be in Heaven,” says the senator.
“I’m sorry but we have our rules.”
The elevator and he go down to Hell and the Senator finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a club with all his friends out front and other politicians. Everyone is very happy and in evening attire. They run to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play golf and then dine on lobster and csviar. The Devil is also there and very friendly, dancing and telling jokes. The evening ends and everyone gives him a hug and waves while the elevator rises.
The elevator goes up to Heaven where St. Peter says, “Now it’s time to visit Heaven.”
24 hours pass with the Senator joining a group of contented souls who move from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. Before long 24 hours is over and St. Peter returns.
“Well, you’ve spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Choose your eternity.”
The senator answers, “Well, I would never have said it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell.”
St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he returns to Hell. The elevator opens and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees his friends, dressed in rags, picking up trash and putting it in black bags. The Devil comes over, lays his arm on his neck.
“I don’t understand,” stammers the senator. “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 looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning…Today you voted for us!”