As I look back I miss some of the people, who if empowered, could have kept this country great. For now, after their passing, all we can do is revisit and ponder their wisdom and almost prophetic calling. One such man was Paul Harvey. I’d listen with regularity his wit and wisdom and undying admiration for his love, Angel. The following should be almost scary or worse, given he saw this coming and no one knew or cared.
Here’s the transcript of Paul Harvey’s “If I were the Devil” speech that was broadcast on April 3, 1965:
If I were the Devil, I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States.
I’d submit 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, “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 T.V. 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 at 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 the decade, I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography, soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, 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 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 want it until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.
And wouldn’t you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich.
I would caution against extremes and hard work and patriotism and 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 what he’s doing.
Paul Harvey, Good Day.
Today we see it, the ACLU wars over the distribution of Bibles in a school but turns a blind eye when schools unconstitutionally suspend students for freely reading them. Hallucinogenics are being slowly legalized, and the very thought of God is being removed from every little corner of the public square. You have HIV and pandemics. You have debt is better than responsibility. You have redistribution of wealth, obama phones, and applause for the won’t work crowd. You have a political party ruining the government for which over 90% of their politicians haven’t worked a day in their lives. Conservatives and Christians are terrorists. Criminals, and illegal aliens are heroes. The Devil, for the time being is winning and warring for you or against you. He would have you believe that it’s all about him and why fight, it’s over. But it’s not. Jesus paid the price for you and the devil has no claim if you simply accept Jesus free gift to you. There’s no need to bow to the garbage coming through the world, accept His free gift and walk in the freedom and soon, very soon He will be here to claim you from the Devil. And that’s…..the rest of the story.