Every once is a while, someone will gain notoriety for litigating their own mala prohibita case in a sensationalistic manner. By telling libertarians and constitutionalists what they want to hear, such persons make fools of themselves and their supporters when they say things that are provably untrue all the while mouthing off to government agents in order to look good for the cameras. Even those who benefit from Leviathan certainly deserve a good scolding, but doing so in the context of litigation (and an incompetent one, at that) only serves to further marginalize everyone else by association who are attempting to secure their Liberty.
You may have of heard of the above-pictured individual, one Ernie Wayne Tertelgte. This is the man up in Montana who was arrested last year on two charges of fishing without a license and for resisting arrest. Tertelgte gained Internet notoriety for yelling at Judge Wanda Drusch that he was a “living, natural man” and not “the corporate fiction” that she and other government agents were allegedly acting upon.
What is not as well known is why Tertelgte believes this to be the truth. If anybody bothered to watch this street rally Tertelgte participated in outside the Three Forks City Hall, you’d see his cardboard protest sign, which read:
Your Natural Name = “Evidence”: “Non-fiction” = Living Free Person; = You Own Your Proper Name, and are Eternal Trustee thru Universal Right to Life Natural Laws;
Any A P P E A R A N C E in A L L C A P I T A L L E T T E R S Of “T H A T” Which is N ever Your N A M E = “P R O O F” = “F I C T I O N” = “P R O P E R T Y,” Invented & C O P Y R I G H T E D (S.S.#) By and For VATICAN CROWN/CAESAR = “G R A N D I D E N T I T Y T H E F T;” and You Never, Ever, are “I T ‘ S” Trustee!
“Render unto Caesar “T H A T” which is Caesar’s; But unto God That which is Life!!”
You see, this is what happens when you believe in the STRAWMAN hypothesis and the corporate UNITED STATES myth; you act like a lunatic in public. Any ridicule you incur from doing so is well deserved, especially so on this subject matter that spews propaganda that is just about as true as the government’s official story on a number of events. Apparently, Tertelgte and those other people at that rally outside city hall have been taken in hook, line, and sinker by the oxymoronic sovereign citizens.
In any case, Tertelgte went on to record a vlog whereby he makes the following claims:
“In Montana, our state law here, which I have right here for direct reference, mandates that every official, regardless of capacity, that holds any office, first, must recite an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Montana, and, that upon demand, any official must produce that evidence of that oath immediately. It should be memorized, they should have it tucked in their pocket, in their wallet, somewhere on them, and any time you as a citizen, an individual, say, ‘You know, I want to know that your office is actual; let me see that oath, let me hear you say it.’ That official, as far as Montana is concerned, is totally required to produce it just the instant you ask for it.”
Tertelgte then goes on to cite his direct reference as “CF 37-61-207,” which he repeats twice and then reads the following exactly:
“Oath. Every person on admission shall take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and The Constitution of the State of Montana and to faithfully discharge the duties of an attorney with fidelity to the best of the person’s knowledge and ability. A certificate of the oath must be endorsed upon the license and a duplicate filed with the clerk.”
After claiming that this was taken from the 2011 edition of the Montana Code Annotated (MCA), Tertelgte continues on with his little tirade, but I hope you’ve realized some immediate problems here. I use this as an example of when someone grossly overstretches whatever the law says in a very limited circumstance in order to suit their own personal agenda.
First, there is no “CF” designation within the MCA that I can find; I think it would be more accurate to assume that it’s a § number. Second, although Tertelgte did correctly read off MCA § 37-61-207, he oh-so-conveniently left out the context of this statutory reference, namely, Title 37 – Professions & Occupations, Chapter 61 – Attorneys at Law, Part 2 – Licensing; in other words, MCA § 37-61-207 is applicable only to attorneys who are licensed to practice law, and you can tell this when it says “Every person on admission,” which presumably means, every person on admission to the state bar of Montana shall take an oath, and so forth (that’s why MCA § 37-61-207 goes on to mention about “faithfully discharging the duties of an attorney;” how could a cop, a bureaucrat, or any other non-lawyer government agent faithfully discharge the duties of an attorney?). Third, and most importantly, there is no requirement in MCA § 37-61-207 for a lawyer, much less any “public official,” that they “must produce that evidence of that oath immediately” upon the demand of any citizen.
Simply put, Tertelgte is completely wrong when he blabbed, that in regards to their oaths of office, that Montana government agents are “totally required to produce it just the instant you ask for it.” Tertelgte negligently overstretched the applicability of MCA § 37-61-207 when he expanded it to somehow mean all government officials, instead of just lawyers, as well as inventing out of whole cloth this totally bogus claim that all these agents must produce a copy of their oaths upon demand. IF there does turn out to be such a requirement elsewhere in the MCA, that’s one thing, but I can say with confidence that there is no such requirement for lawyers, much less any other Montana government agent, to produce such a thing on demand, at least according to MCA § 37-61-207.
In 1998, Richard McDonald said:
“Don’t do emotion, ok? Law, read the law, the law says ‘rebuttable presumption.’ Stick with the law, you can never go wrong. See, if you step off and put your own words into the law, the judge is gonna come down on you like a house of fire.”
That is exactly what this so-called “natural, living man” is doing here; Tertelgte is putting his own words into the law! If you are going to play the reformist game, then you are agreeing to play within the government’s own rules; if you are able to legally subvert them and turn them in your favor, then you can do that because that’s what the government’s own attorneys do all the damn time, but you cannot just fucking make shit up. Tertelgte is attempting to emotionally manipulate you with all of his “natural, living man” polemics, which itself is fundamentally based on the corporate UNITED STATES myth, anyway! I would suggest you take Richard McDonald’s admonishment seriously if you ever want to legally contest the government in its own courts, instead of acting like an incompetent buffoon.