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First they came for the straws…

The left has been pushing their latest attempt to restrict our freedoms:  Banning plastic straws. It sounds absurd on the face of it, but yes, many people really do take this very seriously. I went out to Santa Barbara, a place where the plastic straw ban passed, to see if regular people on the streets were actually in favor of the ban, or if the mainstream media had exaggerated its support. The results were shocking.

Before I went out to film, the team at PragerU and I talked about whether or not people would actually say yes to plastic straws being banned. It was unanimous,” we all agreed that even people in far left Santa Barbara weren’t that brainwashed. Apparently we really are all in a bubble, because we were very, very wrong. Every single person I talked to was for the ban, and some went so far as to say it was one of the most important issues facing America today!.

In an attempt to see just how far these leftists would go, I asked “what’s worse in California, plastic straws, or illegal immigration?” Once again, every single person said banning plastic straws was a bigger priority than stopping illegal immigration. Many of the people asked couldn’t even fathom the question, saying illegal immigration isn’t a problem at all.

Look, I’m not heartless. I get that the sight of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose will cause anyone to rethink what kind of straw they use. But when you get the government involved in the ban of anything, especially when there is no practical solution in place, you are bound to run into more trouble than when you started. For instance, banning plastic straws could have a horrible impact on the disabled, who use plastic straws as an accessibility tool. Also, the paper straw replacements being offered at many restaurants and coffee shops already  are wildly ineffective. They get soggy and twisted after only a few sucks… and anyway, isn’t that just killing more trees? That doesn’t seem too environmentally friendly.

When you look at the negative environmental effect or plastic straw use, you’ll see that the impact is negligible as well. First off, 95% of the Earth’s plastic pollution comes from Asia and Africa, so banning them in small cities across America has little-to-no impact. Secondly, the impact plastic straws have on the environment compared to other plastic products such as plastic bags, food wrappers, and bottle caps is miniscule. If the government really wanted to help the environment, they should put more focus on those items, and less on plastic straws. Plus, when you realize the statistic about how many plastic straws we use originated with the questionable research of  a 9-year-old, the whole narrative begins to fall apart.

As the government continues down this slippery slope, more items will continue to be banned in the pursuit of “helping the environment” without sufficient alternatives in place and a lack of reliable data. If a business chooses to be more environmentally friendly by stopping use of plastic products, they’re certainly welcome to, but when the government gets involved and tells businesses what they can and can’t do, we have a much bigger problem.

Will Witt

Sources:

Disabilities and plastic straws

95% of earth’s plastic pollution comes from Asia and Africa

Items more harmful to the environment than straws

9-year-old boy’s study

 

My 100 Favorite Songs of All Time

READER BEWARE, this is my personal opinion. I don’t consider these songs to be the top 100 best songs of all time, just my favorites.

Back when I was in college I wrote for the school newspaper. Before getting in to the business of saving America, I wanted to write about music, and with the student newspaper I wrote a lot of music editorials. I did throwback album reviews, overrated band lists, underrated guitarist lists, and a lot more. Music has always been something I’ve really been into, and it all started with my brother and a sandisk mp3 player. I remember my brother and I would stay up late on his trips back to Colorado, one headphone each listening to all the new music he put on it. I remember when he would sit on the computer for hours, listening to new music, rediscovering old music and burning CD’s all while I just sat there next to him taking it all in. You see, my dad was never in the picture when I was a kid, so my older brother was the closest thing to a father I had, and the music we listened to brought us together. All of the songs on this list have a special place for me, and I would expect that you would have songs like that for you too.

Some things to notice: I don’t think it’s “anti conservative” to like rap music. As you can see, there is a good amount of hip-hop/rap on the list, and they’re on this list because they are good songs. I see the problems with rap culture in general, but the degeneracy of music today spans all genres, not just rap. That being said, my favorite hip-hop artist is Kanye West. He has four songs in just the top ten, and I can without a doubt say he has impacted my life more than any other musical artist.

There is a Spotify link at the bottom of the page where you can actually listen to all the music in this list aside from a few that aren’t on Spotify. With all that being said, enjoy the list and be sure to leave a comment with what you think, some of your favorites, and some I should check out!

-Will Witt

  1. The Chain: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours, 1977
  2. Power: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 2010
  3. Gimme Shelter: The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed, 1969
  4. Just Like Heaven: The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, 1987
  5. Dark Fantasy: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 2010
  6. Monte Carlo: U.S. Royalty – Mirrors, 2011
  7. Stronger: Kanye West – Graduation, 2007
  8. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead, 1986
  9. Wolves: Kanye West – The Life of Pablo, 2016
  10. Free Bird: Lynyrd Skynyrd – (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), 1973
  11. Fans: Kings of Leon – Because of the Times, 2007
  12. Flashing Lights: Kanye West – Graduation, 2008
  13. Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV, 1971
  14. Mojo So Dope: Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, 2010
  15. St. Tropez: J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive, 2014
  16. The Killing Moon: Echo and the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain, 1984
  17. Homecoming: Kanye West – Graduation, 2007
  18. We are the People: Empire of the Sun, Walking on a Dream, 2008
  19. The Match: The Eastern Sea – The Plague, 2012
  20. Untitled: The Cure – Disintegration, 1989
  21. Under Pressure: Logic – Under Pressure, 2014
  22. 505: Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare, 2007
  23. Ride: Lana Del Rey – Born to Die: The Paradise Edition, 2012
  24. Romeo and Juliet: The Killers – Sawdust, 2007
  25. Cudi Zone: Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day, 2009
  26. Read My Mind: The Killers – Sams Town, 2006
  27. Touch the Sky: Kanye West – Late Registration, 2005
  28. This Charming Man: The Smiths – The Smiths, 1984
  29. Stay and Defend: Wolf Gang – Suego Faults, 2011
  30. Alex Chilton: The Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me, 1987
  31. Won’t Get Fooled Again: The Who – Who’s Next, 1971
  32. Pound Cake/ Paris Morton Music: Drake – Nothing Was the Same, 2013
  33. Love Song: The Cure, Disintegration, 1989
  34. Go Your Own Way: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours, 1977
  35. All Falls Down: Kanye West – The College Dropout, 2004
  36. Troubleman: Electric Guest – Mondo, 2012
  37. Headlines: Drake – Take Care, 2011
  38. The Only Place: Best Coast – The Only Place, 2012
  39. You Were Right: Badly Drawn Boy – Have You Fed the Fish?, 2002
  40. Climbing Walls: Strange Talk – Cast Away, 2011
  41. I Got a Name: Jim Croce – I Got a Name, 1973
  42. Lights Turned On: Childish Gambino – EP, 2011
  43. Dreams: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours, 1977
  44. Ventura Highway: America – Homecoming, 1972
  45. Can’t Tell Me Nothing: Kanye West – Graduation, 2008
  46. Friday I’m in Love: The Cure – Wish, 1992
  47. One Thing Leads to Another: The Fixx – Reach the Beach, 1983
  48. Paint it Black: The Rolling Stones – Single, 1966
  49. Black Skinhead: Kanye West – Yeezus, 2013
  50. Sober Thoughts: Goldlink – The God Complex, 2015
  51. Cemetery Gates: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead, 1986
  52. Sam’s Town: The Killers – Sam’s Town, 2006
  53. No Church in the Wild: Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne, 2011
  54. Metropolis: Logic – Under Pressure, 2014
  55. Over: Drake – Thank Me Later, 2010
  56. Little Numbers: Boy – Mutual Friends, 2011
  57. I’ll Slip Away: Rodriguez – Coming From Reality, 1971
  58. Rock the Casbah: The Clash – Combat Rock, 1982
  59. Wassup: A$AP Rocky – Live. Love. A$AP, 2011
  60. Christian Dior Denim Flow: Kanye West – GOOD Friday, 2010
  61. Smells Like Teen Spirit: Nirvana – Nevermind, 1991
  62. All Along the Watchtower: Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland, 1968
  63. West Coast: Coconut Records – Nighttiming, 2007
  64. Holidays: Miami Horror – Illumination, 2010
  65. The Queen is Dead: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead, 1986
  66. RU Mine: Arctic Monkeys – AM, 2013
  67. All Mixed Up: The Cars – The Cars, 1978
  68. House of the Rising Sun: The Animals – The Animals, 1964
  69. Sutphin Boulevard: Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves, 2011
  70. Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Tears for Fears – Songs From the Big Chair, 1985
  71. Brass in Pocket: Pretenders – Pretenders, 1979
  72. I Wanna Be Adored: The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses, 1989
  73. The Night Out: Martin Solveig – Smash, 2011
  74. Young Blood: The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You, 2010
  75. Sweet Thing: Van Morrison – Astral Weeks, 1968
  76. Sleepyhead: Passion Pit – Chunk of Change, 2008
  77. Bound: Kanye West – Yeezus, 2013
  78. Beach Side: Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown, 2010
  79. Fast Car: Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman, 1988
  80. Wish You Were Here: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here, 1975
  81. Norway: Beach House – Teen Dream, 2010
  82. Hip-Hop Saved My Life: Lupe Fiasco – The Cool, 2007
  83. Electric Feel: MGMT – Oracular Spectacular, 2007
  84. I Will Follow: U2 – Boy, 1980
  85. Like The Weather: 10,000 Maniacs – In My Tribe, 1987
  86. Let’s Stay Together: Al Green – Let’s Stay Together, 1972
  87. Raspberry Beret: Prince – Around the World in a Day, 1985
  88. Do it Again: Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill, 1972
  89. Thirteen: Big Star – #1 Record, 1972
  90. Waiting in Vain: Bob Marley and the Wailers – Exodus, 1977
  91. A.D.H.D.: Kendrick Lamar – Section.80, 2011
  92. Father and Son: Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman, 1970
  93. Magic Man: Heart – Dreamboat Annie, 1975
  94. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody): The Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues, 1983
  95. Operator (That’s Not the Way it Feels): Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around with Jim, 1972
  96. Witchy Woman: The Eagles – Eagles, 1972
  97. Don’t Do Me Like That: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes, 1979
  98. Don’t You Evah: Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, 2007
  99. Message in a Bottle: The Police – Reggatta de Blanc, 1979
  100. All I Wanna Do: Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club, 1993

50 Favorite Albums Of All Time: https://willwitt.co/2019/01/13/my-50-favorite-albums-of-all-time/

Dear Mom,

Hey mom, it’s Will here. Or Willy I guess. It feels strange to say that, no one calls me Willy anymore. Everyone calls me Will now, or Will Witt, or “you’re that guy from PragerU!” or “you’re the guy who does those interviews!”  It’s surreal a little bit I have to say, being recognized and all. I remember back in high school I loved it when girls from different schools knew who I was, this is a little different though, it comes with more responsibility I guess. It’s just so crazy to think back to then. I remember back then I’d tell you I was sleeping over at a friend’s house and sneak off to a party. I remember how mad you would get when you found out. It’s funny to think back on it now, how scared I was of you finding out, and now I live here in LA all by myself and I choose not to party at all. It’s strange, it’s almost like I just wanted to do it because I couldn’t.

I know we don’t talk so much anymore. I’m busy all the time and there’s always something to do out here. I’m traveling a lot and there’s always something to work on. My phone is always going off too-I think I’m addicted to it. I wake up and the first thing I do is grab my phone and check my social media. At least I can use the excuse that it’s my job, haha.

But I love everything I’m doing. My PragerU videos hit 50 million views about a week ago, and that’s insane to me. I often think back to my days in Boulder. Who could have guessed that any of this would happen? Back then I thought I was still going to be a writer, haha! Look how that turned out.

I’m so happy now though Mom. I’m making real changes in the world, you should see the things people say to me. I got this message the other day from a hardcore leftist who told me he had been following my page just to make fun of it, but as he watched more of my videos, he realized how wrong his side was, and is now he’s a huge fan! It’s so cool to be changing people’s minds.

I had this girl from Brazil hit me up a little while back to tell me how horrible it is in her country, but that my videos and PragerU videos help educate the people there. I had this guy who’s down on his luck see me at an event and tell me that my videos give him hope. I even had this boy with cancer tell me that my videos helped get him through his therapy. They kept him happy, he said. These are the moments I live for now, there truly is nothing like it.

But I think about you all the time. It definitely gets a little lonely here. The people in LA who are my age aren’t necessarily the people I want to hang out with all the time. I met a girl, but she doesn’t live here sadly. She was just visiting from the OC, which apparently isn’t LA? At least that’s what the people from the OC say…, it’s all the same to me. Regardless, you and Colorado are always on my mind. I especially miss not driving through traffic every day. And I miss Maxie too, I doubt she remembers me though!

I just want you to know how important you are to me and how thankful I am for everything. I know you were scared when I decided to leave school, but I hope you understand now that I had to. I just couldn’t stay there in those classes anymore, I hated everything about it. I hated not learning anything, and I hated being misguided. If I had to sacrifice my beliefs to stay in school, what else would I sacrifice my values for? I just couldn’t do it, and I hope now you can understand why I had to get out.

I will admit though, I never thought it would turn out like it has. I’m so grateful for everything though, and I want you to know that everything that’s happened is because of you and all of the help, guidance, and support you gave me.

I know I didn’t listen to a lot of your advice but trust me when I say everything you told me stuck, and I take what you taught me everywhere I go.

I want America to be a better place. I want my children, and my children’s children to grow up in a country that they are proud of. But don’t worry, I’m not having kids just yet! In the end, I just want you to know how much I appreciate you and care about you. Through everything and all the hardships in life, you’ve always been there for me, and I love you for that. I hope this letter reaches you soon, and I hope I can always call, and no matter what else happens, I’ll always be your Willy.

-Will Witt

A New Approach

“Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.”  -Oscar Wilde

I haven’t had a blog since back in high school. I always find it difficult to begin something new that is open to critique and judgment, it seems to be the scariest thing to take your own thoughts and ideas and put them out in the open for everyone to see. There is a certain degree of arrogance that goes into blogging versus other mediums, I think that’s why millennials love it so much. My generation is under the false assumption that everybody cares about what they have to say, they seem to be yearning for superficial attention in everything they do. The entitlement of being a young American plays a part, so does social media. When the world is always at your fingertips it’s all too easy to start believing you really are the center of the universe. The incessant influx of social media notifications becomes your drive to live.

Instead of addressing these issues, millennials choose to dig themselves deeper into the problems their generation faces.  In the face of their constitution being destroyed, they march for their rights to be taken away.  Presented with overwhelmingly costly college degrees, they choose to major in unhirable fields of study. And when confronted with the reality of responsibility and hardship, they choose not to fix their situations or help themselves, but instead rely on government to mend their issues, all the while blaming someone else for their own shortcomings.

Breaking the indoctrination of the young American is the most important issue facing this country. If my generation falls, we all fall. The leftist conscription of the millennial psyche is deeply rooted in American education and media, and without a strong and dedicated opposition, I believe we will lose. The globalist paradigm aligned with the highly toxic politically correct have infiltrated every vein of American life, using the false narrative of compassion and tolerance as their shield against logic and morality.

The only way to defeat the behemoth that is the left is through truth. Truth is not objective, it is not up for debate, it is the law of all life. The pursuit of it drives our morals, and the discovery of it solidifies it. Those who hope to dismantle truth through their malice and greed can only hope to do so at the peril of others. There is no salvation in false self-efficacy. While the right attempts to lead through sincerity and honesty, the left aims to control through falsehood and misinformation. But lies can be embellished, and the left continually wins the culture war on young people’s minds. They tantalize them with grand ideas of generous government benefits for all, faulting the right when their promises inevitably fail to come to fruition. They blame conservatives for their losses, accusing them of a lack of compassion or empathy, forever continuing the cycle of the left’s falseness versus the right’s struggle to unveil the truth.

The right believes in the power of the individual, and as an individual, I hope to spread the truth. Along with PragerU, I aim to break the narrative of the leftist claim on America. There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you liberated someone from the clutches of a lie, to bring them to understanding. I can only pray that others will join me through the journey for freedom. The road ahead sure looks daunting. We need all the help we can get.

-Will Witt