Video: Paul Harvey’s prophetic 1965 warning to America

Glenn Beck plays a 1965 audio clip by the popular radio commentator, Paul Harvey, that is spookily prophetic. It pretty much sums up where America finds itself 47 years later. Some of the things Harvey (born 1918 – died 2009) mentions were virtually unknown or inconceivable at the time.

This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on  April 3, 1965:

“If I were the devil, 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 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”. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

And then I’d get organized.  I’d educate authors on how to 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 that war that themselves, and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed.  And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flame.  If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and 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, and then 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. What do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct.  I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging 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 to devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing.  Paul Harvey, good day.”

Fox has picked up on it and linked to this version uploaded on November 2, 2011. Blog, Iowntheworld, linked to it back then.

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10 comments on “Video: Paul Harvey’s prophetic 1965 warning to America

  1. Glenn, what do you think Kruschev meant when he said “We will bury you?” This was in process long ago. McCarhy was right.

  2. Oops. Kruschev is dead. McCarthy was a paranoid power hungry maniac. Glenn is a clown and has conspiracy theories that don’t even make sense. Please don’t let him bring his puppets out.

  3. Sorry Joan, but Glenn Beck didn’t say this… was Paul Harvey nearly 50 years ago….we have done exactly as the devil had in store for us….stop and think about what he has said…Maybe a warning being played for us today….nothing to make fun of or ignore….the devil is trying to take over America….look around you and listen…

    • Joan….you obviously listen to the Lamestream *Liberal* media to have concluded that statement.
      Mr. Beck makes more sense than any ONE person on this planet. And….*Anonymous* has it just about right in terms of, *The devil is trying to take over America*. George Soros>Puppetmaster; Obama>Puppet that is being mastered.

  4. Just like in the days of Noah that is how America will end up. The prize able of the world cannot be fought with war by other nations BUT certainly it WILL be lost by moral decay!!!!! That Harvey man did speak to the devil! Yes like prophesy of old, people only accept when it is too late. A nation that is stoned out on drugs cannot even get in the military, how do u expect that US will even have military men n women to fight physical much more mental war. It is a plan to of the devil to steals earth’s prize nation. Like all great empire it is the people that cause it to go to ruin. Wise up n heed the warning. U don’t have to go to acting school to be a star just show ur dirt on TV!!!!

  5. WTF is Beck talking about? These things Harvey was bitching about in ’62 were and have been on the minds of crusty old men since Ulak the cave-teenager chiseled the first picture of a naked woman on his bed-cave wall. Some goofball, somewhere has always thought “moral decay” was reaching some sort of crisis stage. Has it ever come to pass? Maybe some of the things Harvey mentions in his insipid, drama-queen diatribe are detremental to society. Fine, he should make a cogent argument, based on facts and logic as to why the behaviors he feels are bad should be curtailed. Simply claiming that things you don’t like are the work of a magical bad guy dragged from bronze age mythology is not dispositive and frankly, just lazy.

  6. And that’s wherein his power lies, Ben… To quote a recent status-quo-embraced movie: “Just because you don’t believe in the devil, doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe in you” –you and all the other rationalizing ostriches who’ve come before you…or perhaps you’re more like sheep…being led by the educational, governmental, & media puppets right in to spiritual slaughter. “Has it ever come to pass?” you actually asked???!!! Try studying a timeline, pick an age, pick a society, there’s a variety of historical examples to choose from –where moral decay & excess among ruling levels of a society, on down to the laborers, has preceded downfall. It’s not just some Sunday school story we’re trying to get you to swallow, man! It’s history! Ironically, while making references to believers like Paul Harvey being illogical & uninformed, it appears it is you who needs to do some studying. –At least enough to perhaps consider maybe it’s you who’s believing in your own myths and magic….whatever you can hide your head in to feel better about it all, I guess. It’s not logic and better debating skill this country needs though…it’s FAITH!

  7. @Ben; Yep, these things have been around a while. The problem today, is not the fact that these things have always been around. The problem today is that they have become mainstream, and the percentage of people who engage in such behavior is far greater than before and is still increasing with each new generation, along with the attendant problems such behavior creates. The mainstream media in general no longer promotes any belief in a Creator, much less an Adversary. The culture in entertainment no longer seeks to portray a higher moral standard than “if it feels good, do it.” Ultimately, one has to confront the question, “Is there a God?” If there isn’t, then its pretty much left up to the imagination how we should behave. Those who choose not to believe, really have no foundation for a moral standard other than relativism. Therein lies the biggest reason we have the host of problems that we face today.

  8. The prophetic signs are all here, and happening so fast now, on a daily, weekly, monthly basis !! Just as the Bible tells us, all prophecies have been fulfilled, so far, except for the Rapture, which can happen anytime now !! Are you ready to be taken up to heaven, for your “eternal life-time “, have you been SAVED, by the blood of Jesus, dying on the cross, for you, so that your sins would be forgiven, and that you may enter the “Kingdom of God “, your Creator, your heavenly father !! This is exactly what is going on, in our world of today, everything that the Bible says, its happening folks, can you see it ?? Be READY, ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR, AND MEAN IT, WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART & SOUL !!! DON’T LET SATAN HAVE YOUR SOUL !!! Jesus, loves us all, that is why He DIED ON THE CROSS FOR US !! dON’T wait, there isn’t a whole lot of time left, before He COMES TO TAKE ALL BELIEVERS UP INTO THE HEAVEN, HIS HOME, OUR ETERNAL HOME, IF WE CHOOSE, AND ACCEPT HIM !! PRAY, AND ASK FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS, ASK GOD TO COME INTO YOUR HEART, AND HELP YOU, TO UNDERSTAND ALL OF THIS, AND HE WILL HELP YOU !!!!!

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