“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.” (Charles Baudelaire) That his ideas are really notions that we came up with ourselves, in our unfettered human genius. That we are not led by him, and shouldn’t be led by anyone else, either.
The following speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965 — see if any of the ideas he lists as threats to mankind are familiar to you in our day:
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 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 “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.
Most people are aware that Barack Obama, the current President of the United States, gained some fame and/or noteriety for teaching activists how to organize to effect change — in ways that specifically and deliberately ‘broke’ the status quo. “Rules for Radicals” was written by the mentor of Obama’s mentors, Saul Alinsky — and when you read of the tactics employed by Obama’s ‘students’, it is clear this can be taken as a textbook for their tactics, motivations, and amoral impunity. Reading this volume gives us a sense of why Conservatives lose when playing any game at all with the Left, and I strongly recommend that you take an afternoon and consume this telling ‘instruction manual’ for subversives.
All the world’s truest religions teach that it’s necessary to know who the Devil is to understand how he threatens us, and why. In life and politics, our need to combat the enemies of freedom requires no less of an education.
From the author’s dedication inside the front cover: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to knowwhere mythology leaves off and history begins or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”