On Friday, late-night television star and “Real Time” host Bill Maher berated Democrats for using “presentism” as a tool to integrate their progressive ideas into society.
Presentism is officially defined as “the tendency to interpret past events in terms of modern values and concepts.”
Presentism “means judging everyone in the past by the standards of the present,” said Maher. “It’s the belief that people who lived 100 or 500 or 1,000 years ago really should’ve known better.”
Maher hinted that his comments stemmed from the backlash aimed at American Historical Society President James Sweet for his harsh words towards presentism.
“Everybody who could afford one had a slave — including people of color,” Sweet pointed out in his essay. The way people talk about slavery these days, you’d think it was a uniquely American thing that we invented in 1619. But slavery throughout history has been the rule, not the exception.”
That truth bomb was not well received by the left. They can’t control the narrative with racists like James Sweet illuminating one of the many transparent fallacies of presentism.
There were some who applauded the essay. “The necessity of this piece, as well as the fact that Professor Sweet then felt he had to apologize for it, both paint a troubling picture of our present sociopolitical discourse,” wrote a public commenter.
Even still, James Sweet caved to the immense public backlash. A lengthy apology for his truthfulness now serves as the preface to his essay.
“I sincerely regret the way I have alienated some of my Black colleagues and friends,” reads the apology. “I am deeply sorry. In my clumsy efforts to draw attention to methodological flaws in teleological presentism, I left the impression that questions posed from absence, grief, memory, and resilience somehow matter less than those posed from positions of power.”
Democrats are not advocates of the truth. The truth is their greatest fear. It’s why James Sweet felt he had no choice but to give a groveling apology for his fact-based beliefs.
Mr. Sweet joins a long, ever-growing list of those who have paid the price for daring to articulate the obvious.