Paul Harvey in 1965

Paul Harvey in 1965

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    Paul Harvey in 1965



    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.

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    47 years since he spoke that and if you read it today without knowing who said it, you would think they were just copying what is going on in our country right now.
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    And to you, Paul Harvey, God bless.
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    I read this reading a few years ago , and it sent shivers down my spine.

    Pretty much runs parallel to the Communist Agenda listed here:

    Read through these, and ask yourself how many haven't already taken place

    1) US acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

    2) US willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

    3) Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the US would be a demonstration of "moral strength."

    4) Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
    That's exactly what Bill Clinton did when he traded our highly classified nuclear secrets for campaign contributions. $$$

    5) Extension of long term loans to Russia and Soviet Satellites.

    6) Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

    7) Grant recognition of Red China, and admission of Red China to the UN.

    8) Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the UN.

    9) Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the US has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

    10) Allow all Soviet Satellites individual representation in the UN.
    At the so-called "breakup" of the Soviet Union, what they accomplished is the acquisition of individual votes in the UN - for each of the satellite nations that "formerly" comprised the CCCP. The same old hard-liners, the communists are in control of the Soviet Union once again. Nothing has really changed. Read the book New Lies for Old

    11) Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the UN as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo).

    12) Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

    13) Do away with loyalty oaths.
    Remember the Ninth Circuit court's recent reaffirmation of their ruling to keep the pledge of allegiance out of schools?

    14) Continue giving Russia access to the US Patent Office.

    15) Capture one or both of the political parties in the US.

    16) Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights
    Pledge of Allegiance, Gay Marriage.

    17) Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism, and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in text books.

    18) Gain control of all student newspapers.

    19) Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

    20) Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

    21) Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures.

    22) Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings," substitute shapeless, awkward, and meaningless forms.

    23) Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

    24) Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

    25) Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography, and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

    26) Present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as "normal, natural, and healthy."

    27) Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

    28) Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

    29) Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

    30) Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man".

    31) Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of "the big picture": Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

    32) Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture - - education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

    33) Eliminate all laws or procedures, which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

    34) Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

    35) Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

    36) Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

    37) Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

    38) Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.

    39) Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

    40) Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

    41) Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

    42) Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a "united force" to solve economic, political, or social problems.

    43) Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

    44) Internationalize the Panama Canal.

    45) Repeal the Connally Reservation so the US can not prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

    The communist goals were entered into the Congressional record by Albert Herlong, Jr.
    (a Floridian who served in Congress from 1949-69
    Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35; January 10, 1963
    From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen ).
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