On a beautiful summer day I felt inspired to visit the Voice of America Park in Butler County, Ohio. Rather than going to the new main building of the recreation area, I went to a place I had never been before. I discovered the foundations of the old radio towers of VOA Bethany Relay Station which had been torn down in 1997. The radio station WLW was a major influence of broadcasting during the cold war and during WWII into Europe and beyond the Iron Curtain. I remember that when we first moved to this part of Ohio that the towers (photo shows the remaing foundation of one of the towers) were still up; in fact the radio station continued to broadcast until 1995.
Today the old building houses the National Voice Of America Museum of Broadcasting and Bethany Relay Station. (White building in the back of the photo)
In a time where we have wireless transmission, television, the internet, and can talk ourselves to anyone at the other end of the world, one cannot be moved by the efforts of the bygone generations of radio amateurs and engineers who depended on radio and short wave transmission and build this historical place at a time when the world needed it most.
In light of what is going on in this country I feel that we need a new Voice of America. Not government censored, not sided by one or the other political party; rather a strong voice which reminds us every day of our founding principles. I believe that our government is getting too powerful. I like to share in this blog a warning which was given by one of the broadcasters of WLW, Paul Harvey (1918-2009):
This speech was broadcasted by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965:
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 atheist 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.
This speech was broadcasted in 1965. WLW continued to carry Harvey's commentaries through all the changes, although after extended absences, Harvey was dropped by WLW in April 2008. He died one year later.
There was another voice which just recently was published. Its content was too controversial when it was first written more than 70 years ago. Napoleon Hill wrote his script to “Outwitting the Devil” in the 1930s. I just recently finished reading the now published book and was amazed by his insights. According to the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Mr. Hill’s wife was too much involved in certain social circles, and she requested the manuscript not to be published because of its “hot” content. It is most appropriate today as it was then, where we need to face certain truth about our society.
America was founded on righteous ideas and principles. If we ever want to realize them we need to know who our enemy is.
Just a few weeks ago another message was given, most appropriate to our time. It is called “Freedom Society.” The lecture was presented by the son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Mr. Kook Jin Moon. Mr. Moon Jr. has a very deep insight into the teachings of his father and showed in his presentation the true nature of government and what role it has been playing throughout history. Once we understand some very simple principles of who is who and what role they are playing it becomes clear to see where the dangers are coming from and how we can protect and empower ourselves.
This is the age where we all have to become responsible citizens, not play the blame game and put our heads in the sand, but rather remind ourselves of our responsibilities given to us by God. God gave us free choice and the rights to pursue LIBERTY, FREEDOM, and JUSTICE FOR ALL. With that freedom comes responsibility, which mature adults are more than willing to take. We don’t need any government to take that responsibility from us. That's why we love America and that’s what made this country great, and that’s why people from all over the world want to come to this country to pursue the American Dream.
Do we need a New Voice of America? – you bet. It can come from each individual citizen, taking responsibility for his own life, taking ownership and determining his own destiny.
In this day and age of the internet everybody has a voice. With our freedom of choice we can direct our voice all over the world to wake people up from their “hypnotic rhythm” of indifference. This is the time where we can be empowered by knowledge and truth which can only come from God himself. We all have a direct line to Infinite Intelligence; it’s free of any charge.