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The Alembic Files
Letters of Centinel No. 18.
Eric the Blacksmith
 A. L. Aric  Contact Contributor
Nov. 8, 2018, 12:23 p.m.
In his fiery final essay, Centinel lays bare the attempts of the Founders and their tools to stifle dissent. They are hindering communications between those concerned about the new Constitution. Because the Federalists cannot use strength of arguments and substance, they lie, bully, steal, and bribe to achieve their aims. Centinel laments that the Postal Service is an effective tool for Federalist interceptions of mailings. Centinel demonstrates
beyond a reasonable doubt the lack of support for the Constitution among Pennsylvania's population.
He enumerates examples. He has the goods and lays out the arithmetic. He points out the Federalists' use of false surveys.
Sadly, censorship and strong-arm tactics are depriving the
population of facts about the new government.
Centinel signs off by proclaiming his pride in maintaining
anonymity. Many attempts have been made to learn his true identity. He mentions Committees of Correspondence as a way of bypassing the Post Office.
Despite smear tactics aimed at Centinel, he has no regrets about is work and hopes it will yield positive results.
A sad irony is that Anti-Federalists like Centinel - who are ignored today - had empathy toward their fellow citizens. The smooth-talking Founders worshipped today were but a mere shadow in comparison.
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