ernie-wayne: ter Telgte Released from Jail
I have covered ernie-wayne: ter Telgte’s story on and off for the last year. I do not claim to believe in what Ernie does. However, I do not doubt that Ernie believes it with his whole being. I also believe that there may be some truth in his claims, I just do not have all the information I need to be certain. I am currently working on remedying that situation. What I do know is this:
Before I ever met him, I had seen Ernie in his, now famous, early court appearance in Bozeman, MT, yelling at a judge defiantly during a court proceeding he deemed unfair. Something that most all of us can relate to having a desire to do at some point in their life experience. It struck a chord with me and it was this: there have been many times that the system we live in feels so unfair and rigged against us and it felt good to see someone standing up to that system. Since then, a little over three and a half years ago, as fate would have it, I happened to move into the same remote, rugged, and eccentric corner of North Western MT that Ernie called home. I was introduced to him via a common (also brilliantly eccentric) friend and we became friends and neighbors. In fact, he was actually one of the closest neighbors we had.
When I first met Ernie, I thought he was bat shit crazy with a flair for the dramatic, but I had no doubt what so ever that he was also brilliant in his own ways. As is the way when one lives on the edges where civilization and the wildlands meet, we came to depend on each other for help accomplishing things we could not easily (or at times at all) do on our own. Ernie has helped me to fell trees on the property that I live on that were desperately needed to help keep my family warm in the depths of a high mountain Montana winter. It was literally twenty below zero the day he came over to help and without him we would have run out of fire wood and propane that very night. Not only did he help without question, but he taught me how to do it for myself, so I would not run into the same problem in the future. Later that month Ernie had a close female friend that was in fear for her and her young daughter’s physical safety due to an abusive relationship. Ernie knew that I was a lifelong martial artist and coached young MMA fighters. He asked if I could help teach his friend some basic self-defense techniques and I was happy to return the favor. This has been the nature of our relationship and how I came to know Ernie.
Ernie’s passion in life is political activism and his chosen venue for this activism has been the court systems of Montana. He has had both victories and failures in this arena. His most recent bout was in the town of Eureka where he had been pulled over and charged with operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. During his most recent day in court, his jury trial for the charge, he was found in contempt of court and arrested. During the arrest, and in complete “Ernie Style,” he did not go willingly nor easily. He was forcibly removed from the proceedings during which he accrued the additional felony charge of assaulting a police officer. He was then tried in absentia and found guilty. All of this has been covered by Elias Alias, Jon Lamb, and Gavin Seim. Gavin’s video in which he called upon his followers to call city hall, went viral which resulted in the city hall’s switchboard being overloaded.
Ernie was released from jail on his own recognizance late last week. I ran into him that very same day and we decided to do an update for everyone that was interested. Ernie now fears for his life and wants to do his best to get his message out. This video is that update and we are planning on doing a series of articles and videos with what time he may have left as a free man to get that message out.
Again, I would like reiterate that I do not know enough about what Ernie is talking about to know if what he premises is truth or not. I do believe that he asked me, as a friend, to help him get the information out. So, I will do just that. Maybe there is truth to what he is speaking and instead of dismissing it outright because he looks a bit different, or what he says doesn’t align with our own world view, maybe we should try listening to what he has to say and decide for ourselves. I believe our world today could truly benefit from more people listening to others, especially if those people are outside our narrow, individual experience.
We will be releasing a couple of times a month videos of Ernie and I discussing his legal beliefs on jurisdiction and the constitution, along with articles and supporting referenced documents.
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