If I Were The Devil by Paul Harvey

June 23, 2021

“Like what you do. If you don’t like it, find something else.”

~ Paul Harvey

“If I were the devil …

“If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of its real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert 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 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’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 TV 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 a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, 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. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols 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 want until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

“And what do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on the 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.”
(September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009)
American radio broadcastor for ABC radio
some broadcasts:

We were warned: Freedom to Chains (video was from 2017, original was also 1965 (?))
So God Made A Farmer
If I Were The Devil broadcasted in 1965


Mr. President, I love you,
but you’re wrong”

(To Richard Nixon, on the Vietnam War)

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. / Paul Harvey

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.”

~ Paul Harvey

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

If the words don’t add up, it’s usually because the truth wasn’t included in the equation.


“It’s our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

~ J.K. Rowling

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2 Comments on “If I Were The Devil by Paul Harvey

  1. Kind of scary, don’t you think? I don’t think I’ve read that before. But long ago I used to listen to Paul Harvey.

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