Until recently, I wasn’t sure what to think about Tesla founder Elon Musk. The man is an indisputable genius and has sent men to space and has plans to colonize Mars as well as develop technology that will allow humans to make sure that we stay smarter than artificial intelligence.
But politically, he has long been a supporter of politicians like Barack Obama and is a big climate change activist. However, lately, he appears to be one of the few prominent business leaders and celebrities with his thumb on the pulse of the public. He has even made comments that make it appear that he is coming around to the conservative side of the aisle.
Whether that is true, that is up for Mr. Musk to say. He made the keenest observation of everyday Americans I have read this year when he said the following to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times:
“You know, I’m not sure that everything is so political to be totally frank, you may be interpreting this through a lens where you think everything is totally political because you’re political. But I think the general public does not see everything through a political lens. I would say the amount of thought that the general public puts into politics is quite low. They’re mostly thinking about their day and their direct relationships and their work.”
Translation: Not every American is obsessed with politics. Americans are rightfully more concerned with their families, friends, faith, and jobs. What a concept!
It may be hard for people like myself and those of you who are reading this piece to contemplate that most Americans aren’t political because we are immersed in the daily news cycle.
However, Musk himself isn’t immune to talking politics and throwing a jab or two at the political Left. He recently tweeted that “pronouns suck” and that people should “take the red pill,” which is a reference to Democrats having a political awakening and becoming conservatives.
He also tweeted that “another stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people imo [in my opinion].”
He received a rebuke from Comrade Bernie Sanders, who said, “What a hypocrite. Elon Musk has received billions in corporate welfare from U.S. taxpayers. Now he wants to stop 30 million Americans who lost jobs from receiving $600 a week in unemployment benefits, while his wealth has gone up by $46.7 billion over the past 4 months. Pathetic.”
Anyone that agitates Bernie is ok in my book. Musk also recently announced he was moving Tesla out of ultra-Liberal California to lower regulated Texas. In May, he got into a spat with a local California health official. The electric car maker opened for business in defiance of the country order that they remain closed. Governor Gavin Newsom had given the OK for manufacturing to resume in the Golden State. However, the county refused to allow the assembly lines to resume operations.
The Daily Wire reported at the time that “Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reopened the company’s manufacturing plant in Alameda County, California, elevating his public feud with Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, who has prohibited the company from resuming business via a county-wide order that is more strict than the governor’s public health order.”
Musk tweeted, “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.”
In the spring, when his California factory was shut down, he called stay-at-home orders “fascist” and tweeted, “FREE AMERICA NOW.”
All of the above have made me into an Elon Musk fan. I didn’t know what to think of him before, and we don’t always agree, but I admire his common sense and willingness to think for himself. We could use more of that in the country today.