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If I were the Devil by Paul Harvey 1965

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If I Were the Devil
If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in

I'd 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 whispers to you as I whispered to
Eve, "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 married 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 — to say after me — "Our father which
are in Washington."

Then I'd get organized.
I'd educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that
anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

I'd threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

I'd infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually
work for me.

I'd peddle 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 would encourage schools to refine young intellects,
but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.

I'd designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I'd
get preachers to say, "She's right."

With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of *ography.

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse,
then from the Houses of Congress.
Then in his own churches I'd substitute psychology for religion and deify

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'd take from those who have and give to those who
wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police
state would force everybody back to work.

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.

If I were Satan I'd just keep doing what I'm doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.

03-21-2012 11:36 PM
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