Paul Harvey: Patriot, Anti-Communist and Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Paul Harvey is Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Is wasn’t that long ago when Paul Harvey was a household name in America. Beloved by Democrats and Republicans alike,, he was heard daily on our televisions and radios with his trademark staccato delivery of the day’s news mixed with a little of his commentary. His news and commentary segments were short, to the point and mixed, seamlessly, with commercial endorsements which he read personally. His shows would later incorporate stories of popular historical figures and the obstacles they successfully overcame in their lives.

So popular were Harvey’s commentary’s that the radio division of ABC offered him a $100 Million contract in 2005 to continue broadcasting his daily segments of news and commentary. He was already over 80 years of age at the time.

People would time there breaks at work in order that they could tune in to his five minute afternoon commentaries. These millions of daily listeners were just as likely to include middle-aged Afro-American women as they were white, male construction workers. Americans loved Paul Harvey’s inspirational stories and takes on the news and history. Yet, one small demographic despised Paul Harvey: Those small numbers of people who comprise the radical, atheistic left.

Paul Harvey was always quick to expose those perennial malcontents of the professional left for their frequent efforts to subvert our culture and way of life. Paul knew that to succeed, the left must, by necessity, seek to disguise their true motives and intentions. Paul loved to expose them – to shine the light of truth on their Un-American activities. Paul was a close friend of longtime FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover and worked regularly with him to root out Communist front groups and subversion lurking in academia, Hollywood, television and publishing. In this regard, he became the eyes and ears for loyal, patriotic Americans of all races and religions.

Today, Paul Harvey is still known as a prophet of sorts. In 1965 Paul, a devout Christian, began to toy with the idea of if I were the devil, what strategy and actions would I take, as Satan, to subvert and destroy the most godly nation on earth?

The result is a truly prophetic broadcast delivered that year titled, “If I Were the Devil.” A complete transcript of this broadcast can be found below. When you read it, please keep in mind it was delivered over 50 years ago then think of how much of the “Devil’s” agenda has already been fulfilled.


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 it’s 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 that 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, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I could get whole states to promote gambling as thee 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 on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”