Individuals have the right, responsibility to do what’s best for themselves

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Letter to the Editor:

After reading Jim Elliot’s straw man, intellectually dishonest, constitutional jujitsu gold medal winning article on “rights and responsibilities” I felt someone should respond.

On constitutional jujitsu and intellectual dishonesty: Jim quotes the Montana bill of rights. Ironically, the exact portion that should give us protection from bureaucrats of his ilk. He conveniently just slices off 90%, cherry picks what he wants and extrapolates. Here is the section in it’s entirety:

Section 3. Inalienable rights. All persons are born free and have certain inalienable rights. They include the right to a clean and healthful environment and the rights of pursuing life’s basic necessities, enjoying and defending their lives and liberties, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and seeking their safety, health and happiness in all lawful ways.

In enjoying these rights, all persons recognize corresponding responsibilities.

The operable words are PERSONS and THEIR, not ours, not your neighbor’s, not your second cousin’s, but the individual’s responsibly to seek their health, not others’.

Jim’s straw man argument with a dash of intellectual dishonesty is where he compares Typhoid Mary with a non “vaccinated” person. Comparing Mary with one who thinks it is best for THEIR health, safety and happiness to not get an EXPERIMENTAL injection of genetic material that makes their cells produce a spike protein and has zero long term studies. First he must have missed the latest CDC posted study from Germany that showed “little to no” asymptomatic Covid spread. Then to make the equivalency of Typhoid Mary knowingly spreading her disease, with someone who is healthy, going about their lives, is despicable.

If someone wants to get this treatment, more power to them. I’m glad they have this option. Since the stated function of this treatment is to lessen symptoms, not stop contraction or spread, it’s to the individual to have the right and responsibility to do what’s best for themselves.

Regards,

Michael Ziegler

Glendive