Paul Harvey’s amazing prediction about America 47 years ago

May 22, 2012

By Mark Ellis

Paul Harvey

     Some will remember the homespun, conservative ABC radio commentator Paul Harvey. Millions of Americans listened to his news and commentary broadcast over 1,200 radio stations nationwide during his lengthy career.
     In one famous broadcast, first delivered April 3, 1965, he considered how the devil might undermine the United States over time, using a subtle and not-so-subtle, yet diabolical strategy.
     “If I were the devil, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness,” Harvey began, “and I would have a third of its real estate and three-fourths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, thee, so I would set about however necessary to take over the United States.”
     Harvey predicted the devil would begin by undermining religious institutions. “I’d subvert the churches first. I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I’d 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 is bad is good and what is good is ‘square.'”
     He would cause seniors to believe that solutions to their problems lie with the federal government.  “And the old I would teach to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington.'”
     After this, the devil’s media campaign would begin. “Then I would 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 peddle 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.”
     Then he would set his sights on the school system. “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, and 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.”
     Even Christian holidays would lose their meaning. “If I were the devil I would 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 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 a way to get rich.”
     “I would caution against extremes in hard work, in patriotism, in moral conduct.”
     Fewer young people would decide to get married. “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 been doing….Paul Harvey, good day.”