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.

During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

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Countless corporations — from Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and Porsche to UPS and LinkedIn — are calling out the Georgia voting laws, calling them "restrictive," "racist," and "discriminative." Meanwhile, words like "stakeholder" and "equitable" are starting to show up in their arguments.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck gave the "decoder ring" for what's really going on here, because our society is being completely redesigned in front of our eyes.

There's a reason why all these big businesses are speaking out now, and it has very little to do with genuine ideology, Glenn explained. It's all about ESG scores and forcing "compliance" through the monetization of social justice.

Glenn went on to detail exactly what ESG scores are, how they're calculated, and why these social credit scores explain the latest moves from "woke" companies.

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Dallas Jenkins is a storyteller — and he's telling the most important story of all time in a way that many believed was impossible.

Jenkins is the creator of "The Chosen," a free, crowdfunded series about the life of Jesus that rivals Hollywood productions. And Season 2 could not have arrived at a better time — on Easter weekend 2021. Church attendance has dropped, people are hungry for something bigger than all of us, and many are choosing social justice activism, political parties, or even the climate change movement as "religions" over God.

This Easter weekend, Jenkins joined Glenn on the "Glenn Beck Podcast" to discuss the aspects of Jesus that often get overlooked and break through the misconceptions about who Jesus really is to paint a clear picture of why America needs Emmanuel, "God with us," now more than ever.

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Award-winning investigative journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program this week to argue the Biden administration's border crisis is "enabling" drug cartels, allowing them to exploit migrants, use border wall construction roads, and cross the border much more easily.

Lara, who has witnessed and experienced firsthand some of the worst violence around the world as a war correspondent for CBS News, told Glenn it's "not an overstatement" to call the cartels in Mexico "the most violent and powerful criminal organizations on the face of the earth." And while they're "at war with us, we've been asleep at the wheel."

But Lara also offers solutions that the U.S. can enact to stop these horrific atrocities.

"There's more than 30,000 Mexican civilians who are massacred every year in Mexico by the cartels. And that's just the bodies that the Mexican government owns up to or knows about, right?" Lara said. "There's Mexicans buried in unmarked mass graves all across the country. I mean, everyone knows that the violence of the cartels is not like anything anyone has ever seen before. It even pales in comparison to, at times, to what terrorist groups like ISIS have done."

Lara went on to explain some of the unspeakable acts of violence and murder that occur at the hands of the Mexican cartels — 98% of which go uninvestigated.

"That's not unprosecuted, Glenn. That's uninvestigated," Lara emphasized. "[Cartels] operate with impunity. So the law enforcement guy, the policemen, the marine, the National Guardsmen, who are trying to do the right thing, who are not in the pocket of the cartels — what chance do those guys have? They've got no chance. You know where they end up? In one of those unmarked graves."

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