|Jessica Plagens, a graphic designer from St. Paul, MN
||Amy Ware, a registered nurse from South Deerfield, MA
||Jason George, a management consultant from Philadelphia, PA (1-day total: $18,401)
Final Jeopardy! category: POLITICAL WORDS
Final Jeopardy! clue: Hamilton began & ended the Federalist Papers warning of this type of person, Greek for “People’s Leader”
What is a demagogue?
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I want to give a standing ovation to Jeopardy for this Final Jeopardy clue today. On the 212th anniversary of the fatal Burr-Hamilton duel, Jeopardy is electing to remind America of how important Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers were, and how much America was founded on the principles contained within those documents.
History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.
(FEDERALIST No. 1. General Introduction)
These judicious reflections contain a lesson of moderation to all the sincere lovers of the Union, and ought to put them upon their guard against hazarding anarchy, civil war, a perpetual alienation of the States from each other, and perhaps the military despotism of a victorious demagogue, in the pursuit of what they are not likely to obtain, but from TIME and EXPERIENCE.
(FEDERALIST No. 85. Concluding Remarks)
Jeopardy! just asks about facts. But many viewers would be well-served today to remember George Santayana’s quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, and maybe realize just how un-American demagogues are.
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