Paul Harvey: ‘If I Were the Devil’

Here’s the inspiration for that Trump ad–If I Were the Devil, by Paul Harvey. He aired it on the radio back in 1965, and it’s still on target 58 years later. Oh, if only we’d listened to him! The man had an audience of millions, and his work was brilliant. But we didn’t really listen to him, did we?

Ignoring urgent good advice is one of the things that got us where we are today.

Paul Harvey, 1965: ‘If I Were the Devil’

(Thanks to Susan for the suggestion.)

Paul Harvey was one of our all-time great radio commentators, and this little essay from 1965 was one of his best. How many of these warnings have come true? Pretty nearly all of them.

And they hadn’t even invented Transgender yet! We have dramatically added to the follies that Harvey warned us to avoid.

It reminds me so much of Barbara Tuchman’s The March of Folly. It doesn’t really count as folly, she wrote, unless ample warning is given by many credible persons who know what they’re talking about… and no one listens.

We should’ve listened to Paul Harvey.

Paul Harvey: ‘If I Were the Devil’

This is a Paul Harvey commentary from 1965. The audio’s not that great, but stick with it because the man is right on target.

Go ahead, tell me we haven’t been doing these things… and now we’re paying for them.