Paul Harvey from 1965: “If I were the devil, here’s how I’d destroy you”

Paul Harvey on his radio spot way back in ’65 described exactly our world in 2012. Listen to the clip below, it’s a little over two minutes.

The only thing Harvey missed was the millions killed in abortions. Even he couldn’t imagine anything that evil.

h/t Beck

Crossposted to Unified Patriots


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6 Responses to Paul Harvey from 1965: “If I were the devil, here’s how I’d destroy you”

  1. Wow how did he know

  2. Andrew says:

    Just as George Orwell in 1948 predicted in his novel 1984. Big Brother (CCTV) will be watching us all. Remember, Absolute Power Corrupts. But Power Corrupts Absolutely. Apply that to any government in this modern world and your eyes will be widened.

  3. Mandolin Bee says:

    Actually, Glenn Beck has his date completely wrong.

    Paul Harvey wrote an essay in 1964 titled “If I Were the Devil”. However, it was lacking in everything people are calling “prophetic”.

    The things he talks about that “he couldn’t have known” back then were actually added when he broadcast the audio version on ABC Radio on March 8, 1993. Newspapers reprinted a transcript of this audio in 1996.

    I’m not saying you shouldn’t like the essay/broadcast — feel free to enjoy the truth of it as it is. But please don’t continue to proliferate the idea that the “dog sniffing”, “metal detectors”, and “sexual diseases for which there is no cure” were in any way prophetic. These things had already come to pass when he went on the air with them.

    Unfortunately, thanks to Glenn Beck, finding information on the original is really difficult because EVERYONE is repeating that it was broadcast in 1965.

    Original text of Harvey’s 1964 essay:

    If I Were the Devil

    If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.

    I’d 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.”

    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 married 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 — to say after me — “Our father which art in Washington.”

    Then I’d get organized.

    I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

    I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

    I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.

    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 would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.

    I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”

    With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.

    Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.

    Then in his own churches I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

    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’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

    Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.

    If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world [would] go to hell as sure as the Devil.

    • I was only half listening to Glenn Beck when this aired, all I heard was Paul Harvey, then I was all ears.

      Good info, thanks! If you had links to it I’d update the above.

      • Mandolin Bee says:

        The only internet link I have to it is the Snopes article that put me onto the original vs. the 1996 newspaper articles.

        The original was printed in the Gadsden Times, October 13 1964, page 4. I have been unable to locate a digitally archived copy on the internet, although academic pay sites may have that available. I read it on a microfiche at a local library.

        I’m afraid Snopes isn’t a particularly reliable source for the “truth”, I just tend to start there (and wikipedia) when I am digging for information.

        If you’d like it anyway, here’s the Snopes link. But if you do link it, you could expect backlash from people who don’t trust Snopes as a source on its own. Encourage people to look into it personally.

        Unfortunately, pure internet searches ever since Glenn Beck made his claim that the revised version is actually from 1965, that’s almost all you can find right now as every single bloody news agency in the country is regurgitating it over and over again.

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