Paul Harvey Aurandt (1918–2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was America’s National Commentator. His listening audience was estimated, at its highest, to be around 24 million people a week. “Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations and 300 newspapers.
In 1964, Paul Harvey wrote “If I Were the Devil.” Various versions of the article have appeared over time. I first heard about it from Glenn Beck’s show, but it’s been floating around the internet for some time.1
Before Paul Harvey wrote “If I Were the Devil,” the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937) explained the steps necessary for radicals to transform a nation without firing a shot:
[T]hey must enter into every civil, cultural and political activity in every nation, patiently leavening them all as thoroughly as yeast leavens bread. . . .2 [This] would require a ‘long march through the institutions’ — the arts, cinema, theater, schools, colleges, seminaries, newspapers, magazines, and the new electronic medium [of the time], radio.”3
The following is a video of Paul Harvey’s “If I were the Devil.” you can see that Gramsci was on target and his radical heirs were successful.
PLEASE SEE THE UPDATED VERSION OF THE VIDEO BELOW:
Prophetic words from the ABC radio commentator Paul Harvey during his broadcast on April 3, 1965 with pictures, images and graphics (and possibly audio) added from more current times.* – See more at: http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/2012/03/paul-harvey-if-i-were-the-devil-radio-audio-and-transcript/#sthash.0Vtzwe3b.dpuf
PAUL HARVEY’S ‘IF I WERE THE DEVIL’ TRANSCRIPT
If I were the Devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of it’s real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d 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.’
“To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’
“And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
“Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
“If I were the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as thee way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work, in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.” (Bio and other salient facts regarding Paul Harvey at bottom of post. (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009))
Review and Commentary from Author Ron Harmon:
As stated, I would have to agree that Paul’s words are: “Prophetic words from the ABC radio commentator Paul Harvey during his broadcast on April 3, 1965.” I listen to him as a teenager nearly every day on the radio since he came on at lunch time, 12:15 P.M. even though I spent the rest of the day on a tractor early to dark thirty. I was a Senior in High School, 18 years old when he first did “If I were the Devil.” Even though I highly respected him, and he highly influenced me, this commentary did not mean that much to me since it was common for the Great Generation to think the Baby Boomers were rebelling against the establishment and moral values – and we were; the world was too intriguing and exciting in the sixties and seventies. We were on a mission to change the world, and we did. It took me to 2002 to recognize this change was not forward and beneficial.
Seeing in 2002 this change was not yielding a more stable and better quality of life; I started searching. I even became disappointed with religious teachings along with the spoils of the materialist life in America where winning was everything, no matter the harm it may cause to others. I challenge you to assess and discern each paragraph above, especially the following:
“So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d 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.’
“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed.
, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.”
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