The “mountain man” they call him, Ernie Wayne Tertelgte’s curious way of handling charges against him in court has recently raised some eyebrows. Tertelgte was discovered fishing without a license by police and resisted arrest when he refused to stop fishing. A YouTube video of his court hearing is blowing up online:

Like a corporation, we are all given ‘legal status’ at birth (unless born in secret) and as we age, are regarded as ‘human resources’—you’re a trustee of your own body (the property) to the state (the beneficiary) from that day forward.

The “living man” he calls himself, Tertelgte distinguishes himself apart from the corporate, all-caps, trustee name given to him at birth, and exempt from regulations or policy when trumped by the U.S. Constitution because he receives no government assistance, and pays no taxes, but lives off the land while renting a storage unit that he uses for shelter occasionally.

Tertelgete was bold in his court hearing, seeming to know and understand the law better than most— and refusing to be treated as a criminal for trying to feed himself.

On November 22, Tertelgte was in court, defending himself again.

Tertelgte continued objecting to the charges in this latest hearing until he was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom. He was found guilty by jury and another hearing is scheduled for January.

Far from being the raving lunatic statists make him out to be, the mountain man’s argument has to do with sovereignty and the difference between natural rights and legal rights.

Legal rights are rights granted by a governing institution.

Natural rights are what we call ‘inalienable’ rights; or rights that require only that you be a human being and are considered universal and independent of legal systems and government.

Similarly, the concept of being a ‘natural’ person, refers to a physical human being, with natural rights, while a “legal [or artificial] person” refers to a non-human entity that is treated as a person for limited legal purposes,” i.e., corporations.

Many who study this issue point out that any entity that earns money, and buys and/or sells goods and services (or are employed by an entity that does) is subject to policies and regulations that fly in the face of constitutionally-protected natural rights. It is explained that when we reach legal age and obtain a business license, a marriage license or even a fishing license, we waive our rights as natural persons who are perfectly able to do business, marry, or fish without state approval.

Are we abandoning the natural rights fought and died for by past and present patriots, in favor of legal status into which we must conform in order to qualify for tax-funded services and ‘benefits?’

Mountain man thinks so.

What are your thoughts about natural and legal rights?

Tyler Roberts

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