Glenn has had it with "Texas’s Tesla Tyranny"

Recently I had the chance to test drive the iPhone of automobiles, a Tesla. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever driven.

Yet Tesla, which sells cars direct-to-consumer, can’t sell me or anyone else a car in the state of Texas.

Yes, you read that right: Enterprise is not free in the state of Ted Cruz and Ron Paul.

Following in the footsteps of its namesake, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has created an amazing product, and even made his Model S open source, which could revolutionize his industry.

But history is repeating itself, and not in a good way.

Just as Tesla had Edison, Musk has foes working to bring him down too.

And I’m being generous by comparing these foes to Edison, who may have been an evil genius, but at least he was a genius.

What’s going on here? As Tesla notes in its most recent annual report:

A few states, such as Texas and Michigan, do not permit automobile manufacturers to be licensed as dealers or to act in the capacity of a dealer, or otherwise restrict a manufacturer’s ability to deliver or service vehicles. To sell vehicles to residents of states where we are not licensed as a dealer, we must generally conduct the sale out of the state via the internet, phone or mail.

Why is liberty-loving Texas shackling Tesla with these draconian restrictions? The report continues:

As we expand our retail footprint in the United States, some automobile dealer trade associations have both challenged the legality of our operations in court and used administrative and legislative processes to attempt to prohibit or limit our ability to operate existing stores or expand to new locations.

The Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), which favors the franchise laws that restrict Tesla from selling in Texas, purports to protect consumers and prevent monopolies.

But I’m not sure how stopping Tesla from entering the marketplace accomplishes either of these goals.

Forcing people to leave their state to buy a product burdens them. It doesn’t “protect” them.

Limiting competition creates monopolies. It doesn’t prevent them.

And the idea that Tesla is monopolistic in selling its automobiles “at one non-negotiable list price,” as TADA’s president has argued, ignores the fact that there are hundreds of other cars that people can buy. If people don’t like Tesla’s pricing, it won’t be profitable. It will have to create a better product and/or drop its prices.

But the consumer should get to decide, not some trade association.

In fact, it would seem that the TADA’s claim to prevent monopolies is belied by the fact that it is acting like…a monopoly.

The president of the TADA also argues against Tesla being allowed to sell in Texas on the grounds that Tesla “export[s] their profit out of state.” But by that logic, he should be boycotting most of the dealers in his organization. After all, the thousands of cars sold by the over 1,200 franchised automobile dealerships in the TADA are the product of national or global supply chains that generate profits all over the map.

If TADA’s president would rather Texans only be able to buy cars manufactured in Texas, most of the dealers he represents would be out of business.

In order to defend itself against the automobile establishment, Tesla has had to hire lobbyists, wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting the dealer lobby that could be put to far better use making cars.

Don’t think that this won’t have a chilling effect on other innovators in the automobile market down the road either.

Luckily some lawmakers are showing some guts and working to defend economic liberty, not that it should take guts to stand with the people.

There is legislation that would allow Tesla to sell in Texas currently sitting in the state’s Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development. This legislation should be passed without delay.

For those in the Texas legislature thinking about opposing this legislation, they should have to answer some fundamental questions for the taxpayers:

1. Why are you favoring the automobile dealership lobby?

2. Do you think less competition in the automobile industry is a good thing?

3. Why do you support restricting the choices of consumers?

4. Are existing franchise regulations consistent with the values and principles of the people you were elected to represent?

Chris Christie’s New Jersey of all states recently reversed similar anti-competition laws of its own, allowing Tesla to sell its cars there.

Got that? Texas is behind New Jersey.

What makes Texas so special is its entrepreneurial spirit.

The rules and regulations currently in place crush that spirit, and are completely inconsistent with everything the state is supposed to stand for.

Freedom is what separates Texas from New York and Connecticut.

I’ve already left both of those states. If I have to leave Texas, I don’t know where else there is to go.

Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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