The Activist Left's sympathy for Adam Mark Smith is worth its weight in gold.

Quick background: Adam Mark Smith, as you almost certainly will not remember until I remind you, was that daft idiot who not only filmed himself harassing a Chick-fil-A drive-through cashier over her employer’s social conservatism, he did his best to make the video (air quotes) ‘go viral.’  It did. He then lost his job.  Now Mister Smith is on food stamps*.  And I’m told that various groups and sites out there have gotten kind of worked up about it** in the last few days… sorry, what’s that?

“Who cares?” That’s a very good question. And the answer is, of course, “Nobody on our side.”  Which is a good thing for Adam Mark Smith, right?  After all, this entire thing happened in 2012. I had forgotten about this guy.  So did the rest of you, probably. I don’t think that any of us really gives a… ah, it’s no skin off of our collective noses if he works or not***.  So why didn’t anybody in the Activist Left just quietly give Mr. Smith a job about a year or so ago and be done with it?

Well, the answer to that is easy: Adam Mark Smith is more useful to the Cause living in an RV and subsiding on food stamps than he would be at producing video content.  Any lackwit with a computer can produce video content these days, it seems; but somebody Driven Into Poverty Over His Stand Against Hate? Oh, that’s rare stuff.  Alas, it loses its potency when that particular somebody is given gainful enough employment to get out of poverty.

So… tough luck there, Citoyen Smith.  But never fear!  Your sacrifices made on behalf of the Revolution will be remembered forever!

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: It might transpire that, inexplicably, in the next few days Adam Mark Smith will suddenly find himself employed, and off of food stamps.  In which case, I can only say… well, ‘You’re welcome.’  Not that I’d really expect a ‘Thank you’ from the guy in the first place.  He doesn’t seem the type.

*And writing a book, which – judging from the way these things usually go – will get a good deal of good press from the usual suspects, and very little in the way of royalties.

**Or so I have been told. I’m indifferent enough to not really feel the need to check.

***I’m sorry: I know that I normally indulge people online when they pretend that they can hold a grudge for this long, but I’m not going to, this time. I understand not being able to keep a job right away in 2012, which is what happened to this guy; but if he had been given work in 2014 nobody on the Right would have noticed. And, frankly, by then there would have been more important things to worry about anyway.