Silver Spoon Soldiers

soldiers relaxing

Morality face-off! Who’s the better man? The guy who joins the military right out of high school to pay the bills? Or the trust-fund baby who goes to college on his parents’ dime?

Our common sensibilities seem to side with the soldier on this one. Not mine. I’m going to have to with the privileged university student instead. He clearly displays more personal and social responsibility.

Now hear me out. To be fair, the life of the young soldier is more difficult and requires hard work, both of which build character. But that’s a discussion for another day. I’m talking about one thing, and one thing only: dependency.

You see, when you live off of your parents’ fortunes, you suck income off of a pair of individuals. These people have probably been planning their finances for years with you in mind, and voluntarily support their legally-adult children. And they can withdraw their support at any time if you push your luck too far.

The soldier, on the other hand, sucks finances from a whole country. These are individuals who didn’t plan on supporting him, and who only do so because they’ll be thrown in jail if they refuse. If at any time the people are dissatisfied with the soldier’s performance, too bad. They have to keep paying. And finally, let’s not forget that the soldier costs considerably more than even the swankiest education and lifestyle.

Soldier vs. spoiled student. Who’s the bigger parasite? The soldier. Hands down.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.
  • Janiel

    A service-member Earns what they get, and service in our military is voluntary if a branch is dissatisfied with a service-members performance they will discharge or the servicemember will face other consequences. The people have no say in a servicemembers job because they are civilians it is not their place to decide anything except how they will live their own lives. So who’s the bigger sponge, the guy who fights for your right to post your invalid opinions? or the person who gets spoonfed to go to college and write the invalid opinions?

    • Thanks for your input! I’ll be more than happy to take your comment apart.

      “Earns” in whose eyes? It doesn’t matter too much, because a soldier’s performance is evaluated by everyone BUT the people paying his or her salary, the people supposedly engaging the service for their own benefit. It is entirely a civillian’s place to decide what government employees do with taxpayer money.

      Now the “spoonfed” student also works hard and earns their money in the eyes of those paying the bills, whether the scholarship association or parents. After all their hard work they’re ready to become a productive member of society, and face far lower unemployment rates (and therefore burden on society and the taxpayer) than veterans.

      As far as the whole “fights for your right to post” bit, the Taliban isn’t kicking down my door when I blog stuff. Saddam Hussein didn’t have my every communication under constant surveillance. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never put me on any sort of watchlist because of my opinions. No, the REAL enemies of my freedom sit right on the Potomac. Guess who their paid goons are, especially the aptly-named “President’s own”? That’s right: the very people you say are protecting my rights and freedom are working for the single greatest threat I face.

      And finally, on the subject of “service,” to quote the great Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”