I once had the good fortune of seeing “If Animals Could Talk,” a movie made by Jane Goodall. A segment was about The MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. The boys incarcerated there have committed serious criminal offenses; some of them are given an opportunity to train dogs, develop relationships with the dogs and in doing so learn responsibility, patience and respect for other living creatures. There is a zero recidivism rate among the juvenile inmates who spend time training dogs at MacLaren.
Centinel's Letter no. 14 is a first in that he quotes at length a firsthand witness to the Federalists' sleight-of-hand. Luther Martin, a participant in the Constitutional Convention, is appalled at the Founding Jugglers' brazen and cynical power grab. At great risk to himself, he sounds a detailed alarm and warns his fellow countrymen of the perfidy occurring right under their noses. Centinel's prescient warnings portend today's Federal Leviathan. Concerns about the direct election of Senators, ultimately realized by the Seventeenth Amendment, are touched upon. In lieu of a direct taxation upon the people, Martin proposes taxing the States only in event of delinquency, but his idea is rejected. Simply put, the now-fledgling Congress will ultimately tax everything (and everyone) under the Sun after forcibly corralling the States into one whole. Worse, Congress will be subject to virtually no checks or balances.