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.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Robert Francis "Beto" O’Rourke's disgusting and obviously-staged political stunt during a press conference about the Robb Elementary School massacre is just another of the many ways that prove the man is "human trash," Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere agreed on the radio program Thursday.

"Beto is human trash. He is scum. He is the scum of the earth, the lowest form of humanity our society can produce," Stu said in response to a video clip of O'Rourke heckling Gov. Greg Abbott in the middle of an update on the tragic mass killing in Uvalde. "This was obviously staged from the beginning ... clearly planned. Even CBS News pointed it out it was blatantly a staged event. And this guy [O'Rourke], because he wants more power and more money, decided that this event was about him. He wanted to make the [deaths] of 19 children and teachers all about Beto O'Rourke because he is human scum. He is the worst form of life imaginable on this Earth."

Democrats like O'Rourke have been quick to use the tragic deaths of 19 children to advance their own pro-gun law political agendas, particularly "red flag" laws that would empower courts to take guns away from "potentially dangerous" people

"You want a solution? Stop selling AR-15s in the state of Texas. You want a solution? Have universal background checks. We don't have them. You want a solution? Red flag laws or extreme risk protection orders, which stop a shooting before it happens," O'Rourke shouted after being escorted out of the press conference.

Glenn wasn't buying O'Rourke's "righteous indignation," especially as his own resurfaced writings qualify as the "ultimate red flag for any red flag law." As a teen, O'Rourke wrote about hacking, overthrowing the government, and, most disturbingly, murdering children by running over them with his car.

Glenn read an excerpt from a fiction O'Rourke wrote when he was 15 years old:

[O]ne day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams.

As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.

"Dangerous, right? Nothing good's going to come of this. According to Reuters, those are the teenage writings of Beto O'Rourke," Glenn said. "The state of Texas should be very aware and not allow [O'Rourke] to buy a gun because of this. This guy, this guy, and his righteous indignation — give it a rest, bud. Give it a rest."

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Texas AG Ken Paxton says gun laws are NOT the answer, urges schools to arm teachers

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In the wake of the unspeakably grievous mass murder at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, many on the left are calling for increased gun control measures, but without specifying exactly what legislation could have prevented the horrifying event. Attorney General Ken Paxton says gun laws are not the answer. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail specific measures he believes could stop similar school atrocities in the future: arming teachers.

Paxton told Glenn that Texas has already put laws in place that allow schools to opt in to training and arming teachers as either a marshal or under the guardian program.

"We passed laws when I was in the Texas Senate, I think it was 2013, that would have helped greatly. There's no way that law enforcement can get to every location as fast as they would need to," Paxton said.

Glenn interjected, "I'll tell you, I went to a school where my son was playing football ... and there were signs all over. 'Beware. Teachers are armed. We take the Second Amendment and the protection of our students seriously.' It was so clear — not doing anything here. That's the way to do it."

"Yes," Paxton agreed. "I think that's the way it should be. I mean, these people [shooters], they know they're safe, at least until law enforcement gets there, to accomplish their goals. And we're going to keep seeing this happen until we decide as a state ... to protect these kids," he added.

"It's ridiculous for the Biden administration to suggest that this kid who decided to violate the murder laws would [think], 'Oh. Wait a minute, there's a gun law. I can't do this. I wouldn't violate gun laws.' It's law-abiding citizens that follow the law," Paxton continued. "Second, we have a fentanyl crisis that the Biden administration has presumably invited and we've had over 100, 000 people that overdosed and died from fentanyl. [...] Why isn't the Biden administration so concerned about the hundred and something thousand people that died from overdoses because they opened up the border and allowed fentanyl to come across?"

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In the wake of the horrific Buffalo shooting, the left-wing media tried to paint all conservatives as subscribers to “replacement theory” — the idea that immigrants are taking over to such an extent that they will destroy white Western civilization. Of course, no serious conservative believes in this ugly, racist, dangerous ideology, but there is a ton of ACTUAL replacement going on, and it has nothing to do with immigration or racism.

What we saw yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, is more dark horrific evidence of the only replacement theory that ultimately matters because it affects everything. We’ve replaced God in society. Glenn argues it’s why gun control is ultimately useless — even though he completely understands our human impulse to DO something. While our culture has replaced God for rot, the Biden White House and Democrats are also working overtime to replace key elements of American political, legal, economic, and cultural life.

BlazeTV host Mark Levin of “LevinTV” tells Glenn why Media Matters' latest hit job on him over his Uvalde coverage is pathetic. “Stop pushing God out of the public square” is not a radical concept to help prevent evil from taking hold in our schools. He also takes on the Democrats’ attempts to destroy the Supreme Court, voting rights, and the separation of powers.

BlazeTV host Allie Beth Stuckey of “Relatable” tells Glenn why she believes the Uvalde shooting reveals how we are failing young men in this country and what we must do to stop the replacement theory that threatens to keep an entire generation from becoming a benefit to society.

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Glenn Beck addressed the incomprehensibly tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on the radio program Wednesday, saying it's time to stop with the politics, from both sides, and focus on healing a nation that is tearing itself apart.

"It pains me to think about the political garbage that has happened in the last 12 hours," Glenn began. "I believe that we are on the verge of losing our nation, and the reason why we're about to lose our nation is the same reason some kid walked into an elementary school and shot and killed people. It's not the guns ... it's our society."

Glenn called the tragedies plaguing our nation' —kids shooting kids, committing suicide, dying from fentanyl, joining gangs, and suffering from depression and loneliness — are symptoms of a greater sickness.

"Where's the value of human life? The hatred that is being poured down our throats, the class division, the racism — make no mistake, it is intentional," he stated. "The best way to destroy a nation is to cut it apart. ... In our society, where are the ethics? What are ethics? It's your truth versus my truth. There is no absolute truth. And in a world where there is no truth, who gets to be God? Well, it depends on which group you're in I guess."

Glenn said America’s underlying problem is "a rotting in our soul" and until we "live in a nation that is willing to even recognize that there is something bigger than the self, and it has nothing to do with government, we'll never fix this problem."

"Let's not make this about Democrats and Republicans. Let's just make this about what the hell is going on because everything in our society is falling apart," he said. "And until you're willing to have that conversation, the rest of it is bullcrap."

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