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February 1, 2019

The Path to Power

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time for the boy to think about choosing a profession. Like many young men, the boy did not know what he wanted to do and did not seem too concerned about it.

One day, while the boy was at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed on his study table four objects: a Bible, a silver dollar, a bottle of whiskey and a Playboy magazine.

“I'll just hide behind the door,” the old preacher thought. “When he comes home from school today, I'll see which object he picks up.

“If it's the Bible, he's going to be a preacher like me, and what a blessing that would be!

“If he picks up the dollar, he's going to be a businessman, and that would be OK, too.

“But if he picks up the bottle, he's going to be a no-good drunken bum, and Lord, what a shame that would be.

“Worst of all, if he picks up that magazine, he's going to be a skirt-chasing womanizer.”

The old man waited anxiously and soon heard his son's footsteps enter the house and head for his room. The boy tossed his books on the bed, spotted the objects on the table, and walked over to inspect them.

Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. Then he picked up the silver dollar and dropped it into his pocket. Next, he uncorked the bottle and took a big drink, while admiring the magazine’s centerfold.

“Lord have mercy,” the old preacher whispered disgustedly. “He's gonna run for Congress!”


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