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.

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck and Pat Gray discussed a series of recent polls that suggest presidential nominee Joe Biden's expected lead may be slipping with traditionally Democratic voters.

A new poll conducted by the Jewish Electorate Institute shows that two-thirds of Jewish voters still plan to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket in November. However, President Donald Trump's support within the Jewish community is also the highest among any Republican candidate in recent history.

In more bad news for Biden, a CNN poll (yes, CNN) released last month showed growing support for President Trump among black voters in swing states. Meanwhile, his support among Latino voters remains at roughly 33%.

"I don't think it's going to go the way the Democrats hope that it will," Glenn said of the election. "If you look at the groups that the Democrats have carefully fostered ... that's falling apart. If Donald Trump can grow that by 5%, and hurt the Democrats by 5% ... that alone could swing the election."

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We're being set up for a civil war. The Left is grooming us for an Eastern European-style revolution this election, and they're not even trying to hide it any more. The playbook for Mainstreet USA is the exact same that has been used in places like Ukraine, initiated by the same people in order to completely upend the American system.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck takes us through a tale of three chalkboards that will connect the dots: the Obama admin in Ukraine, the State Department's relationship with George Soros, Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots, the Great Reset, public school indoctrination, mail-in voting. It all points to something dangerous happening in November if we don't act now.

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The left has already determined that the wildfires raging across the West Coast were definitely caused by climate change and Big Tech is determined to silence anyone who dares suggest otherwise. Facebook even announced a sweeping policy on Saturday to remove posts that claim the fires were caused by arson from far-left activists.

But on his radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck revealed multiple arrest records for suspected arsonists in California, Oregon, and Washington — and several of those charged and arrested were also instigators in Black Lives Matter rallies, violent protests, and Antifa riots. He also called out the "news gods" in Big Tech, daring them to try to censor his video.

"I asked my staff, to see if there was any evidence [of arson] on the fires. And I don't mean evidence from Twitter. I mean evidence. Is there anybody who has been arrested for arson?" Glenn said. "Well, here they are. And YouTube and Facebook, go ahead. I want you to demonetize this clip. I want you to somehow or another say that we're lying. I want you to throttle this. Go ahead. Because then you're going to have to explain what we got wrong. And I happen to have all the documents right here. So my attorney is really ready for that throttling or demonetization. You say you're a protector of the truth? Great, here it is."

Glenn read off the first 10 arrest records, which combined allege the destruction of more than 120,000 acres and 700 structures, as well as tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.

"You want to tell us, PolitiFact, how you came to the conclusion ... that there was no arson in these fires?" Glenn asked. "Can you tell me how you came to that conclusion? Because your fact-check seems to be entirely false."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to share her unique perspective as a trusted adviser and confidante to President Donald Trump for two and a half years, which she also details in her new book, "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House."

Sarah described the unprecedented levels of corruption she saw firsthand during the Russia probe and shocking lengths to which Democratic leaders and the mainstream media would go to "take the president down."

Sarah said she often saw sides of Donald Trump that the media never covered. Recently, she went on the record denying the Atlantic's claims that the president mocked our military during a 2018 trip to France. She was on that trip, she told Glenn, and her account of what really happened paints a very different picture.

"The people who are making this outrageous charge are such cowards for doing so in an anonymous way. If you really believed this, and believed it was wrong, one, why did it take you so long? And, two, put your name on it the way the rest of us have," Sarah said.

"He didn't say those things. Not only was I there that day, Glenn, I spent two and a half years traveling all over the world with the president, watching him interact with men and women of our armed forces almost every single day during that two-and-a-half year period," she added.

"This is a person who loves America and loves the people who allow the rest of us to live in America, free, and have prosperity. And I got to see that a lot. I think it is shameful that people are trying to distort who he is and what he has done, particularly when it comes to the men and women in the military."

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