Elon Musk, having taken the 'red pill,' now urges others to join him
Elon Musk is always interesting. If you ignore the fact that electric cars probably aren't that much greener than regular cars (depending on the source of electricity, many electric vehicles merely shift pollution from the roads to the power stations), his Teslas are brilliant. They are elegant and imaginative, and they handle beautifully. They make rich greenies very, very happy.
In some ways, the South African–born Musk is a throwback to 18th- or 19th-century visionaries who came from faraway countries and made their mark in America, whether Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton, Baron Johann de Kalb, Andrew Carnegie, or even Irving Berlin. Certainly, Musk is a visionary. In addition to the Tesla, Musk dreams about space travel and superfast underground transportation.
Like those others visionaries, having tasted freedom, Musk likes it — especially because he's got a factory that, to survive, must be able to open. To that end, Musk fought the law...and he won. Now, flush with success, he has tweeted that it's time for others to join him by taking a "red pill."
Musk set up his Tesla factory in Fremont, California, which is located on the southeastern side of the über-liberal San Francisco Bay Area. Because electric cars are "green," nobody minded a big new manufacturing plant. Recently, however, Musk's relationship with California went flipsy-wopsy when the total lockdown, complete with mandatory "shelter in place" orders, went into effect.
By the end of April, Musk was tweeting out the damage that the lockdowns were doing and the falsity of the panic:
Give people their freedom back! https://t.co/iG8OYGaVZ0— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2020
FREE AMERICA NOW— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2020
Hospitals in California have been half empty this whole time pic.twitter.com/8GL2BLypqV— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2020
In an earnings call, Musk expressed concern about the Tesla factory's continued closing. After talking about the shutdown's effect on Tesla, he went ballistic:
The extension of shelter-in-place — or as I would call it, forcibly imprisoning people in their homes, against all constitutional right, and in my opinion infringing on people's freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong, and not why people came to America or pulled this country — what the f---?
He eventually called the orders "fascist," stating, "This is not freedom — give people back their g------ freedom!"
California did not budge. A couple of days later, Musk reminded people of America's promise by reciting in tweets the end of the first verse of "The Star-Spangled Banner," only he concluded with a question mark, not a full stop:
And the rocket's red glare,
The bomb's bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On May 9, Musk announced that he was suing Alameda County, and he threatened to move his headquarters to Texas or Nevada. Two days later, he went rogue:
Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020
Alameda County officials were the first to blink, authorizing a re-opening.
Musk could have subsided at that point. Instead, he went full Matrix. For those unfamiliar with the iconic 1999 movie, it tells what happens when Neo (Keanu Reeves) swallows a red pill, one that opens his eyes to the fact that people are being fed a fake reality so that the real powers can literally feed off them. With that realization, Neo discovers his true powers and begins the process of destroying the Matrix computer program that strangles humanity. Musk encourages us all to be Neos:
Take the red pill 🌹— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 17, 2020
Ivanka Trump enthusiastically supported Elon's recommendation. Ironically, Andrew Wachowski, one of the two brothers who created the movie, was deeply offended at the reference:
Fuck both of you— Lilly Wachowski (@lilly_wachowski) May 17, 2020
If you're wondering why the "eff-you" tweet comes from someone named Lilly, it's because Andrew thinks he's a woman. His brother, co-creator Laurence, has made the same choice for himself and now thinks he's Lana. Apparently, genius and madness sometimes walk side by side. And of course, having joined the LGBT etc. contingent, Andrew/Lilly, at least, is another fabulously wealthy leftist Trump-hater.
As of this writing, close to 375,000 people have liked Musk's exhortation to break free from government bondage. Showing the schism in America, over 130,000 have liked "Lilly's" less than articulate response. This year continues to be too interesting for comfort.