Skip to comments.CLASSIC REWIND - 1965: 'If I Were the Devil' (Warning for a Nation) - Paul Harvey
Posted on 12/24/2012 9:13:29 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: Do as you please. Do as you please. To the young, I would whisper, The Bible is a myth. I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is square. In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: Our Father, which art in Washington . . .
If I were the devil, Id educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. Id threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, Id get organized. Id infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. Id peddle narcotics to whom I could. Id sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And Id tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine yound intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an athiest to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say shes right. With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.
If I were Satan, Id make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, Id just keep on doing what hes doing.
Paul Harvey, Good Day.
MORE relevant today than it was 47 years ago.
It’s oddly comforting to see that some people
got the whole social picture even that long ago.
We have arrived... unfortunately.
Harvey wasn’t the only one to warn America—I’m thinking right now of both Gen Chesty Puller and Gov Richard Lamm.
In 1951 when Puller returned from Korea he gave (Time: Off The Chest) a warning, although he, at that time, did not mention specifically the “enemy within.”
Gov Lamm was more detailed in his remarks many years later than Puller when the writng on the wall had already begun to materialize.
Easy to find the above online.
And still others.....
The denial of value and virtue is at the heart of our troubles and only by first returning to God's word can we ever reclaim what we have lost. Something to ponder in this season...
“If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.”
I’m pretty much there...
Paul Harvey was/is a National Treasure....unafraid to tell the truth...he was totally color blind and all American. I miss him terribly.
First thing I thought of when I read this was the Old Testament prophets foretelling the Birth of Christ.
And now ...the rest of the story. Paul Harvey foretelling the times of Barack Hussein Obama.