If I Were the Devil
Did your parents listen to Paul Harvey? Mine always did…
Paul Harvey Aurandt (1918â€“2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was Americaâ€™s National Commentator. His listening audience was estimated, at its highest, to be around 24 million people a week. â€œPaul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations and 300 newspapers. His broadcasts and newspaper columns have been reprinted in the Congressional Record more than those of any other commentator.â€
If I were the Devil, by Paul Harvey, apparently in 1965.
Amazing how he had a vision of what is now.
â€œIf I were the devil, I wouldnâ€™t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree â€” Thee. So Iâ€™d set about however necessary to take over the United States. Iâ€™d subvert the churches first â€” I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: â€˜Do as you please. Do as you please.â€™
â€œTo the young, I would whisper, â€˜The Bible is a myth.â€™ 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 â€˜square.â€™ And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, â€˜Our Father, which art in Washingtonâ€¦â€™
â€œAnd then Iâ€™d get organized. Iâ€™d educate authors on how to lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. Iâ€™d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. Iâ€™d pedal narcotics to whom I could. Iâ€™d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. Iâ€™d tranquilize the rest with pills.
â€œIf I were the devil Iâ€™d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war with themselves, and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings Iâ€™d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and neglect to discipline emotions â€” just let those run wild, until before you knew it, youâ€™d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
â€œWithin a decade Iâ€™d have prisons overflowing, Iâ€™d have judges promoting pornography â€” soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then 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 Iâ€™d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
â€œIf I were the devil Iâ€™d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be.Â 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 to devil Iâ€™d keep on doing on what heâ€™s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.â€