Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Destruction of America

I will let this piece speak for itself.

Just riddle me this....What would you do if you were the devil?

This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on  April 3, 1965:
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, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. 
And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. 
If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young 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 “she’s 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, I’d 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, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.
Paul Harvey, Good Day.


  1. Paul Harvey saw clearer than most. I miss his common sense and wisdom.

  2. Also; I would cause the federal, state and local governments to incur so much debt that higher crippling taxes were necessary even long after the miscreants are voted out of office. Imagine the pleasure Obama, Reid and Pelosi will take even after we throw them out when they see taxes rise to crippling levels because of their dirty deeds while they were in office. We haven't arrived on the doorstep of bankruptcy by accident or good intentions gone bad. This was engineered.

  3. A man ahead of his time. I miss him.

  4. What we now have has been long in coming. We have been long directed and have become accepting. I fear for my son's quality of life.

  5. It's hard to believe he broadcast that speech in 1965. It seems even more appropriate to todays world than 47 years ago! Sharon, he was ahead of his time. I imagine that all of us who listened to him miss his common sense and wisdom, I know I do.


  6. I'm glad to see a reprint of this. I had the newspaper print of this and part of it came up missing in one of my moves. My children were interested in reading it and I wanted to point out where we are in respect to what he said so many years ago. We really need more men with his sense and perspective.

  7. Thank you for reminding us to not be complacent--there's a sort of collective Stockholm syndrome infecting this country now...


  9. I can't speak for schools now-I haven't been inside a school for over 30 years, but in the 1970s, the schools I went to(public schools) still had prayer(long after the ban, which was in..1962-ish?)in the mornings sometimes, and before any games, as well as the Young Christian League as a extracurricular group(they met in school). More than a few of the teachers identified themselves as Christian. Could that speech fit any point in history? Maybe that's why it seems to be relevant now. At what point in history was everything just exactly right?
    Yes, we are going through a rough patch of history, but are we going straight to Hell? I don't think so-I think we'll come out the other end of it better for the trial.
    There are still plenty of decent people around-they're just quiet and seldom get noticed.

  10. Wow, that hits too close to the mark.