Jason Lewis's mid-show quitting stunt wasn't quite as spontaneous as it seemed [AUDIO]

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Last Thursday, veteran Twin Cities-based conservative radio host Jason Lewis up and quit mid-show, right after wrapping up a rant summarizing his anti-taxes political philosophy.

It certainly seemed spontaneous. But reached for comment later, Andrew Lee, executive producer at Twin Cities New Talk AM1130 -- the station on which Lewis's syndicated show was heard locally -- says station brass knew Thursday was Lewis's last show all along.

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"He is legit retiring, [but we] did not know the manner in which he was going to announce, so the 'quitting' was a surprise," Lee says.

Here's the raw audio, followed by a transcript of Lewis's manifesto:

All over the continent of Europe there are castles. castles that children are taught to admire. But these monuments are not shrines to liberty, but a stark reminder of an oppressive past that we are quickly forgetting. These elaborate fortresses were built to honor the riches of royalty. Such wealth was not derived from the cooperation of capitalism but from the conquest of collectivism. It was stolen through taxes and fees collected from the serfs. It was not earned.

We have apparently learned little from history, for today we have our own royalty dressed up in the robes of compassion -- a false altruism that merely enables the mob and crushes the individual. We have erected a shrine called the welfare state and as a result we now resemble a nation with more takers than makers -- crony capitalists who preach the virtue of community service while acting like economic parasites that live off the system. Indeed, the real entrepreneurs are no longer valued, only the political ones who loathe them. Profit is a dirty word, while one's obligation to society relegates the most productive to second-class status. We are, it seems, endlessly told to live for others, endlessly told taxes are patriotic. We're told to apologize for our own existence. The pursuit of happiness has been replaced by the mandate of self sacrifice. This is not freedom. It is tyranny. And so, we -- I, you -- are faced with a choice. A choice all people in all times must make. To feed the beast, or to starve the beast? To host the parasite or to walk away? To participate in the system that punishes the value of your own existence, or to boycott that system?

Ladies and gentleman, I have now chosen the latter. They can now feed off one another. I quit...
And here's a paraody documentary Lewis produced that helps explain why he felt compelled to "quit":



As the video indicates, Lewis is getting out of the radio game to devote his energies to his membership-based libertarian website, Galt.io.

"Lewis who has long complained about the heavy hand of government is apparently living up to his word and is 'Going Galt' - a phrase derived from the iconic Ayn Rand novel 'Atlas Shrugged,'" a post written by "John Galt" on Galt.io's blog says. "In the book, the 'producers' or 'men of the minds' - as the famed author put it - decide to go out on 'strike' as a protest against those who would attack them politically."

"We are extremely excited to have Jason pouring his considerable talent and efforts directly into building Galt.io," the post continues. "We are more confident than ever that men (and women) "of the minds" will be seeking the refuge that Galt.io provides to reorganize and reemerge with a plan to take back our country and the technology to make it effective."

Meanwhile, Lewis's former timeslot on AM1130 will be taken over by San Antonio-based Joe Pags, Lee tells us.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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51 comments
jjdnora
jjdnora

Aaron, you should read Atlas Shrugged. It's a difficult, long book, but I am sure you could get through it. :)

jjdnora
jjdnora

Did not anyone listen to the audio of this & then read the transcript ?? I find it odd that no one has said anything about Aaron leaving out the 1st paragraphs last few sentences. He totally left out the "capitalist" part that is clearly in the audio. I guess this is typical for what passes as journalism today. Here is the whole transcript. Don't believe me? Listen to the audio & read along.

Jason Lewis, a radio talk show host, quit his show 7/31/14:

All over the continent of Europe there are castles. Castles that children are taught to admire. But these monuments are not shrines to liberty but are a stark reminder of an oppressive past that we are quickly forgetting. These elaborate fortresses were built to honor the riches of royalty. Such wealth was not derived from the cooperation of capitalism but from the conquest of collectivism. It was stolen through taxes and fees collected from the serfs. It was not earned.

We have apparently learned little from history for today we have our own royalty dressed up in the robes of compassion. A false altruism that merely enables the mob and crushes the individual. We have erected a shrine called the welfare state and as a result, we now resemble a nation with more takers than makers. Crony capitalists who preach the virtue of community service while acting like economic parasites who live off the system. Indeed the real entrepreneurs are no longer valued. Only the political ones who loathe them. Profit is a dirty word while one’s obligation to society regulates the most productive to second class status. We are it seems endlessly told to live for others. Endlessly told. Taxes are patriotic. We are told to apologize for our own existence. The pursuit of happiness has been replaced by the mandate of self sacrifice. This is not freedom, it is tyranny.

And so we, I, you are faced with a choice. The choice that all people in all times must make: to fund the beast or to starve the beast. To host the parasite or walk away. To participate in the system that punishes the value of your own existence or boycott that system.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have now chosen the latter. They can now feed off one another.

I quit.

jjdnora
jjdnora

Get the transcript right!!

charlieheinz57
charlieheinz57

Good riddance! He was always SHOUTING on the air. Everything he said was on the front burner. Tiresome hacking fraud. 


He'll never get another real job so he goes to "social media," which means he is on welfare.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

About 10 years ago, Jason Lewis spoke at a private corporate event I was working.  I was able to listen to him, and I wanted to, because I make a hobby of trying to find an intelligent, articulate right-wing voice.  There aren't many; so far Paul Craig Roberts is the only honest one I've found.

Anyway, to this audience of the top 250 executives of a Fortuen 500 company, Mr. Lewis was going on at length about his being a Constitutional Scholar.  Then he said that in his opinion, "Dred Scott" was the most misunderstood and unfairly maligned Supreme Court decision in US history.  Lewis said "Dred Scott" was an inspiring defense of private property ownership rights.

Well, yeah, Mr. Lewis, except the "private property" in question was Dred Scott, a human being.

Nobody said anything but the air went out of the room after that.  Mr. Lewis sailed right along, oblivious to the outrageous and horrible thing he had just said.  He was quite pleased with himself.

Colleen Ferguson
Colleen Ferguson

whatever about his exit, his last words were spot on. He just chose his exit to be a bit more headline grabbing, a standard of liberals everywhere

Jesse Michelle
Jesse Michelle

I think people are missing the point of why he "quit". It sounds like he didn't want to pay taxes anymore, and feed into the problem. But, it's an ongoing problem... Him quitting won't do anything.

Al Cady
Al Cady

Maybe he should work with Sarah Palin. Who knows more about quitting halfway through...

Steve Gansen
Steve Gansen

The big question: can his Galt Coins be used at casinos for American Patriots seeking similar returns on investment?

Dean Bruhn
Dean Bruhn

One less person babbling on the radio about how they made themselves rich with no assistance from anyone ever. The Going Gault video makes this man's self importance even more prevalent. Never mind that the person who invented the FM radio did it while working at Columbia University (In the top 10 list for universities receiving the most funding). And that the internet where this man has started Galt.io was developed by military funding, and then expanded upon by public universities. This man would be nothing more than a babbling idiot on a street corner had it not been for taxes. Now he's a babbling idiot with an audience.

Andrew Oltmanns
Andrew Oltmanns

Oh and the libtards are any better, trust noone that salutes a side!

Michael Ordonez
Michael Ordonez

How about you guys do another article about the gathering of the jugalos

Dave Finton
Dave Finton

If all of these folks are "Going Galt" then why won't they go away!?

Casey Hanson
Casey Hanson

Moving on to a digital Galt's Gulch. The Lewis Lacuna, if you will. Well, hop onboard the Daggart Comet, my friend. Good luck!

Joe Ramseth
Joe Ramseth

I keep seeing this posted, but I have yet to see anyone care.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

A far right-wing blowhard is fudging the truth? You astonish me!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Translation:  Jason Lewis has figured out a subscription based website will make more money conning stupid people than using a radio show to con stupid people.   I can't wait for Jason Galt's faith in the free market to be shaken when his website gets destroyed by Glen Beck, Alex Jones, and Sarah Palin's various websites for stupid people.  I don't think your railroad can compete Jason.    

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@jjdnora If the transcript is not complete, that's an honest mistake on my part. Thanks for adding this.

briangove84
briangove84

And you, I'm sure are a genius. I'll bet you never listened to his show. If you had, you would certainly know he is not an idiot - whether you agree with him or not.

jjdnora
jjdnora

What you wrote:

You see, these elaborate fortresses were built to honor the riches of royalty, but such wealth was not derived from the conquest of collectivism. It was stolen through taxes and fees collected from the serfs. It was not earned.

And what was actually said:

These elaborate fortresses were built to honor the riches of royalty. Such wealth was not derived from the cooperation of capitalism but from the conquest of collectivism. It was stolen through taxes and fees collected from the serfs. It was not earned.

How could you have twisted this so?? Can you please fix your piece?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@mingtran  You're right, Ming.  Nobody cares.  If Jason Lewis were any sort of scholar or person to be respected, many people would care.  But he's not, so nobody cares.  And now we don't have to listen to him, even by accident.  Anyone who wants to have their time wasted and humanity offended by this guy will have to pay for the privilege.

The market does work, see?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk Obviously Republicans are the party of smart people.  That's why you nominate Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and George W. Bush.  

AaronRupar
AaronRupar

I think it's corrected now. Let me know if you see further errors

AaronRupar
AaronRupar

I think I've corrected the transcript. Let me know if you see any other errors

NoOneImportant
NoOneImportant

@swmnguy @mingtran I care.  It's you and your comments that will disappear.  You've added nothing to the dialogue but your bile, as if vomit could stand as an argument, and worse that we should celebrate you for it.

jjdnora
jjdnora

Thank you. Gives a different meaning to his words now. Not an edited version. Just keeping it real.

Onan
Onan

@mingtran @bigherbDickerson @TheConservativeJerk @MicheleBachmann

What's funny is the higher the education level, the more likely they are to vote Democratic.

http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2012/nov/05/larry-sabato/education-level-tied-voting-tendencies/


"I suspect this is a reflection of a trend we've seen, where the most educated people who used to be Republicans are now Democrats, and people with less educational status are now moving into the Republican Party..."  - GOP Strategist Vin Weber

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