Heaven and Hell by Alex Karsanidi

There are probably times most of us wished evil thoughts about certain politicians and hopefully the following joke will bring a smile; we have to be able to laugh and work together to get out of the mess we're in:

"While walking down the street, a U.S. senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies.  Shortly, his soul arrives in heaven, where he is greeted by St. Peter at the pearly gates.

'Welcome to heaven' says St. Peter, but before you settle in, it seems there's a problem.  We seldom see such a high official, so we're not sure what to do.  I'd like to let you in, but I have my orders from higher up.  What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven and then you choose where to spend eternity'.

'I've made up my mind and I want to be in heaven' says the senator.  However, St. Peter responded, 'I'm sorry, but we have our rules', so St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and the senator goes down, down, down to hell.

When the doors open, the senator finds himself at a green golf course, with a clubhouse, and standing in front are all his friends and politicians who had worked with him.  Everyone is very happy and in evening dress.  They all greet him, shake his hand and reminisce about all the good times they had getting rich off the people.  They play a friendly game of golf and dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also at the dinner is the devil, who is really a very friendly and nice guy, loves dancing and telling jokes.  The senator is having such a good time that before he realizes it, it's time to go.  So everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator takes the senator back to heaven.

The elevator goes up, up, up and as the doors reopen, St. Peter is waiting.  '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 and when St. Peter returns he asks, 'You've spent a day in hell and one in heaven.  Now choose your place for eternity'.

The senator reflects for a minute, then answers, 'Well, heaven has been delightful, but I think I'm better off in hell'.  So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and the senator goes back down, down, down to hell.

When the elevator doors open, the senator is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.  He sees all his friends dressed in rages, picking up trash, as more trash falls from above.  The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around the senators 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 and danced for a great time.  Now, there's just 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'.

Moral :  Think back about the "Hope and Change" promised to you and remember there's no free lunch.   

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