The ripest apple on the tree

If I Were the Devil: Paul Harvey (Warning for a Nation) [2:54]

This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965:

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would 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.” “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 marrieds, 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. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . .

If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine yound intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an athiest to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and  thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.

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 would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.

Source of transcript:

H/t to Pete for posting the video in the Illinois Sludge report.


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7 responses to “The ripest apple on the tree

  1. Yep… that about sums it up.


  2. Betsy Young

    Just heard this on GBTV and was astonished that Mr. Harvey was so astute as to what would be happening to this nation by the Obama administration (the devil). Forty years ago and he hit the nail on its head.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      The YouTube video doesn’t have the date. It was only when I tracked down the transcript that I saw how old this was. I was astonished at Harvey’s prescience.


  3. GP

    This is why history is so important. We repeat the same mistakes because our young are not educated.


  4. A Mindful Webworker

    Hey, belatedly, thanks for the transcript. I heard about this on GB, where they were speculating about its authenticity, then found the audio on YooToob, but also wondered about the date. Some points – like metal detectors in schools – do seem anachronistic for 1965, even for the prescient Mr. Harvey. But a (very) quick search on history of metal detectors in schools… didn’t turn up any clue for me one way or another.

    Um… and the Fox link has now been removed. (??)


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