I had a wonderful birthday celebration over the course of the last few days that some political headliners eluded me. Now I have mainly stayed away from the Chick-fil-A controversy mainly because I think it was blown out of proportion. With a slew of pictures from prominent Republicans with Chick-fil-A bags as backdrop and from kiss-ins organized by anti-groups, the whole shebang was more of a theatrical event than anything of substance. Politics is a nasty business. I get it. We have Senator Reid accusing Romney for not paying taxes for over ten years, Obama coining catchy phrases like “Romney hood” and “You didn’t build that,” and Sandra Fluke, the feminist warrior, speaking sooo passionately for women’s right to government contraceptives; and of course, there is Chick-fil-A, with the latest victim of the episode being an innocent employee named Rachel Elizabeth. This is what happened at one Chick-fil-A drive-thru.
Some self-righteous duffus went to a chick-fil-a drive thru getting only a cup of water. While at the service window, he broke out in an illogical anti-corporation rant against an innocent server, Rachel, whose cool-headed, superb customer service throughout this whole thoroughfare is laudable and demands the attention of all liberals who supposedly fight for women. How dare does Adam Smith go off and berate and lecture an innocent woman whose sole job is simply there to serve him, the customer?! Who is he to question how other people make a living and publicly abuse them thinking he’s holier-than-thou? Adam Smith is everything repugnant about progressive liberals that conservatives despise: people who are spineless, lack common decency, and ostentatious bandwagoners who don’t think for themselves. Regardless of his opinions about Chick-fil-A, for Smith to make a fuss about the situation in a smug, smirky kind of way and to verbally harass an employee at a drive-thru (while paying absolutely nothing) all while on camera, only undermines whatever motive he had to begin with.
I seriously doubt anti-Chick-fil-A activists will claim Smith as one of their own. I just hope that people on both sides can recognize what he did was incredibly ridiculous. Just to be clear, I am all for free speech; therefore, I stand by Smith’s right to speak up. But if Smith really wanted to make a political statement, he could have written letters to Chick-fil-A, given money to pro-equality organizations, and run for office himself! There are legitimate democratic channels for him to vent his frustrations, yet he has chosen to victimize an hourly-waged employee of a multibillion national corporation that has given money to certain organizations that espouse, among many things, anti-gay sentiments. Think about that causal chain! For Smith to think he is gaining “purpose” by doing this is both irrational and sad. I mean the guy waited in line to go through the drive thru window to grab his…water, creepily without asking for permission taped the whole encounter, and apparently put it up on YouTube, hmmm what kind of recognitions is Smith seeking? A “pro-gay” woman-bashing YouTube star?!
Not only does he attack Chick-fil-A for being “hateful” and “horrible,” he has the chutzpah to question Rachel, “How do you live with yourself and work here?” He even challenges Rachel to “stand up” for herself. PEOPLE! This guy is a gutless bully who turtles up in his car and picks on women. Please by all means denounce his action. And what’s more?? He leaves the drive-thru window feeling somehow compelled to say that he is not gay. ”I’m totally heterosexual and not a gay in me” O really?? I don’t know about you, but my gaydar is ringing off the chart…I feel bad for this guy. He made a fool out of himself, and he stupidly hinders the effort of pro-equality activists in this country. Congratulations Citizen Smith, you not only managed to offend all the young, hardworking American women working in fast food industry, you have also succeeded in offending the LGBT community, the very community you attempt to stand up for in the first place? The conventional distinction between liberals and conservatives lies in those with hearts and those with brains (this is an oversimplication and a joke for the political nerds out there), unfortunately for Adam Smith, he possess neither quality.