Â For those not familiar with his name, Paul Harvey Aurendt who went by the professional name Paul Harvey, was a conservative radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist.Â Â
At the peak of his influence, Harvey reached some 24 million listeners to hisÂ ”Rest of the Story” comments, millionsÂ more listeners than Rush Limbaugh and with nary a single “slut” comment during his long career.Â
Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations, and hundreds ofÂ newspapers, and hisÂ commentaries and newspaper columns have been frequently reprinted in the Congressional Record.Â
He wasÂ named “Commentator of the Year,” “Person of the Year,” “Father of the Year,” “American of the Year,” elected to the National Association of Broadcasters National Radio Hall of Fame, appeared on the Gallup poll list of America’s most admired men, andÂ was awarded eleven Freedom Foundation Awards and the Horatio Alger Award.Â
Perhaps none ofÂ Harvey’s contributions to broadcasting and Americana is as noteworthy asÂ what he said 47 years ago.Â Â Â Â
Harvey died at the age of 90 in 2009.Â He is sorely missed in America today and will long beÂ remembered for his prophetic “If I Were the Devil” broadcast warning to Americans on April 3rd, 1965.Â In that brief commentary, HarveyÂ focused on virtually ever ill that has beset the United States since he articulated them.Â
Paul Harvey’s 1965 reflections in their entirety, as published by Fox News:Â Â
He said,Â ”If I were the Devil . . . I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. . . 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.’Â
“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’.Â
“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, Iâ€™d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting.
“Iâ€™d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, Iâ€™d get organized. Iâ€™d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me.
“Iâ€™d peddle narcotics to whom I could. Iâ€™d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And Iâ€™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 would designate an athiest to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say ‘sheâ€™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, andÂ 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, Iâ€™d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle.
“IfÂ 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, Iâ€™d just keep on doing what heâ€™s doing.”Â (http://bit.ly/GPpcy7)
Â If any of Paul Harvey’s words resonate, if they ring true and capsulize the dire state of affairs in America 2012, think about them before you vote on November 6th.Â
The Republicans have shown they aren’t an awful lot better than Barack Hussein Obama but they have shown that they believe in God and country and fundamental morality.Â
That sure beats Obama!Â