September 16, 2005

Crook Returns

Michael Crook, that UBER-Scum of the earth, is back at it.

His new site is called Oppose the Troops, and it's even more virulent than his old site.

"Mr". Crook's contention is that the Military as a whole, and at the individual level, consists of nothing but leeches living high off the hog on our tax dollars. He furthur contends that the concept of an organized Military structure in itself is untenable in a free society and that we would be better served by an "everyman for himself" structure of defense.

Seems that Mr. Crook is unaware of history, or just what the average person gives up in joining the Military in terms of earning potential. He decries that Service personnell are given housing, medical treatment, and salaries, and WORST of all, they receive a pension after having served their country for a minimum of 20 years! All on the "Public's dime". THE HORROR!

He attempts to show that money is the prime motivator in inducing young men and woman into military service...after all, they receive a base salary of $22,525.20 a year, after having reached the rank of E-5, with more than two years on the job. Sounds like a great deal of money doesn't it? He doesn't take into cinsideration that it would take the average soldier almost 9 years to attain that rank, and that a civilian position that encompasses anywhere near the same amount of responsibility would pay at least twice that amount. YES there are the factors that housing and food are included "free" (assuming a single person living in base housing), but consider this, that "free housing" consists for a large part of sharing one large room with four to six other men, or at BEST one small room with one other man, and the food consists of a school cafeteria style service, where your choices are limited to what is being served for that meal. AND you are not allowed to leave a prescribed area without permission and instant contact means with your superiors.

How many civilians work, or WOULD work, under such restrictions? Not to mention that even your personal life is bound by rules and regulations that no civilian company could impose on their would YOU like to be faced with possible loss in pay,loss of rank, and even incarceration because YOU happened to stay out on the lounger in the backyard too long and had received a bad sunburn? Outrageous? It CAN happen in the Military, and I speak from personal experience.

When you sign on that dotted line, not even your own body ,strictly speaking, belongs to you. Where do you make that type of sacrifice in the civilian world? The closest thing would be the "physical ability to preform" clauses in a pro-athlete's to compare their pay rates to the military's?

If you factor in the amount of experience/education that a soldier requires to effectively do his job in the new high-tech Service; and the amount of responsibility that that soldier is expected to assume, the pay is not even a half fraction of what he could obtain under the same circumstances in the civilian world.

I think we should respond as we did on the last occasion of this perverted moron's last surfacing in the public forum; loud derision and pointing out to his service providers that his rhetoric exceeds the bounds of legitimate public discourse and falls into the area of hate-mongoring and sedition.

Posted by Delftsman3 at September 16, 2005 04:35 PM | TrackBack

That's gotta be a parody right? I mean "Wow, 22k a year!" Isn't that close to what a wal-mart clerk makes? I'll be making three times that upon graduation, and nobody's gonna be shooting at me!

Posted by: Phnx at September 17, 2005 08:17 AM

If ONLY it WERE parody Phnx, unfortunately, Mike Crook is deadly serious. We ignore his hatemongering at our peril.

Posted by: delftsman3 at September 17, 2005 08:24 PM

Two comments; I tried to link from your page and access was denied, so I think they know that you aren't saying nice things about them, and rather than try to defend the position, they simply ban anyone linking from this site. Second, and more important, thank you for pointing out some of the more tangible benefits that we give up to serve our country in the military. I know for a fact that I can make well over $100,000.00/yr doing my job in the civilian market. I have friends that used to have the same MOS as I, with comparable time in service and time in grade, and 3 that I have talked to are now making at least $120,000.00 per year. I have more civilian education than any of them, so I know that my prospects are bright, should I decide to get out. I chose to enlist, actually to re-enlist after a six year break, because I know that we are doing the right thing here in Iraq, and we are finally starting to turn away from the path of the Clinton nightmare. This Crook yahoo is a POS.

Posted by: armybryan at September 18, 2005 05:18 AM

I have two sons in the 101st, one in the 82nd, and I served with the 25th in Vietnam. Crook is as important as a filled fart in a latrine; no serviceman would walk three paces to piss on him if he was on fire. Let him talk.

Posted by: Rhod at September 18, 2005 09:54 AM
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