Some things speak for themselves. So I will let this do so...
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 its real estate and 4/5th of its population.
But I wouldn't be happy until I'd 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 peddle narcotics to whom I could. I'd sell alcohol to ladies & gentlemen of distinction.
I'd tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil, I'd soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, & nations at war with themselves, until each, in its turn, was consumed.
And with promises of higher ratings, I'd have mezmerizing 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 school house door.
Within a decade I'd have prisions overflowing.
I'd have judges promoting pornography.
Soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress.
And in his own churches, I would subsittue psychology for religion and deify science.
I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys & girls & church money.
If I were the devil I'd make the symbol of Easter an egg, & 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.
And what'll you bet?! I couldn't get whole states to promote gambling [disguised as a lottery] as the way to get rich.
I would caution against extremes in 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 TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public & 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 what he's doing. Paul Harvey, good day!