DAVID VOLK, Esq.: America is at a Crossroads – Three Cheers for Capitalism and a Call to Action

YOUR VIEW: our history and landmark citizens and capitalistic system are under destructive attack

David J. Volk, Esq., has conducted approximately 85 trials and more than 800 hearings as sole or lead counsel. Foundational principles such as faith, recognizing the need for mentors, humility, and never giving up is what has led Volk throughout his life and career as a lawyer and business owner. For more information, visit VolkLawOffices.com or call 321-726-8338.
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“The great majority all too often stand again as the silent majority. All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing. So, this is a call to action.”

America is at a crossroads which means all of us are at a crossroads. This is the most divisive political environment I have experienced in my lifetime. You could easily argue the Vietnam war divisions were worse. That seemed like a battle between young and old over the war and, dialing in a large measure of self-interest, the draft.

Lots of young people did not want to get drafted, which is understandable. And, they wrapped in a lot of altruistic arguments about the morality of the war and how Washington was conducting it. Our troops were doing their job under very tough conditions.

Washington was calling the shots. We saw bumper stickers saying, America Love It Or Leave It and returning troops were getting spit on and called baby killers in airports on their return. It was horrible. That was essentially a battle over foreign policy and its very real impact on American citizens.

Here is why I think today’s crossroads is worse. This is a battle over the heart of our governmental system. Do we believe in capitalism, or do we think socialism will be a better system? Ill winds of socialism and hating America are blowing. (Blowhards do blow. Which raised the question: do the anti-Americans suck or blow. That is a discussion for another day.)

To create, you often must first destroy. So, our history and landmark citizens and capitalistic system are under destructive attack. Cancel culture still rages. Surrender to the noisy minority herd demands or you are evil. That is not the America most of us know and love.

The great majority all too often stand again as the silent majority. All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing. So, this is a call to action.

Love capitalism. It is akin to Winston Churchill’s declaration that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others. Socialist government kills and starves. Socialism has killed one hundred million people in its deranged search for utopia divorced from human nature.

Socialism does not create. Socialism does not make a bigger pie to be shared. The pie shrinks and the government represses and puts up walls to keep people in. It creates a paranoid culture with neighbors turning in neighbors for saying the wrong thing. Heaven help us so that terror never falls on our heads.

So, what makes capitalism so great? That calls for a book. A very large book. Let’s visit just a few examples about capitalists.

Capitalists Create. Even the haters benefit from our innovation culture. Could they organize a good riot without social media using Facebook or similar communication methods?

Try doing research without Google. Google is the most massive library ever contemplated. Facebook and Google are American capitalist companies which have made the world leap forward. Pfizer and other American capitalist drug inventors save and prolong lives. Have any relatives or friends over 90 years old?

Do any of them take medications which they could not live without? How many breakthrough drugs have Venezuela or North Korea invented in the last ten years? Capitalism does not just foster innovation. It creates a constant battle among American capitalist companies to outdo each other and deliver better, cheaper, faster products or services.

The Motorola Razr used to be the gold standard for cell phones then the Blackberry exploded with a big innovation and now Apple dominates with another capitalist country’s phone pushing it for number one.

What country invents and improves on the scale that capitalist America does? No, not that one. It pervasively steals our technology. Compare our F-35 to theirs. Looks the same, doesn’t it? Ever see the Soviet shuttle? Same thing. Socialism is risk avoidance culture where punishment is feared. Capitalism is a risk taking and rewards culture.

Capitalists Are Generous. They accrue wealth and share it. Look at the donor list at the next charity event you go to. If capitalist companies do not support these events, they do not happen. I watched a YouTube video discussion with Jordan Peterson and Dave Ramsey discussing charity and our system in general.

It led to this article because it was so inspirational. Peterson made the point very well that people that donate money are generous, because they do it by choice. You are not generous if you take other peoples’ money through taxation, because it is compelled money and not generosity money. Of course we need taxes.

The amount of taxation and government spending is the rub. The social engineers that never think taxes are high enough will never be satisfied. Tax rates are not high enough? They demand wealth taxes on the wealth people have! Resentment is really good for driving a socialist revolution.

Back to charitable impulses, I did a quick Google search to verify that conservatives donate more than liberals. Nicholas Kristof is no liberal. However, in a 2008 The Seattle Times article entitled Conservatives Are More Giving Than Liberals, he wrote this:

“Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.”

In an ironic twist, what I see as the greatest engine for condemnation of America is our wealthiest most prestigious universities. Overflowing with left wing indoctrination teaching our youth that America is not great and that it must be reformed. Those universities have massive endowment funds. Where do you suppose that wealth came from? Capitalists. To fund hostility to capitalism and the historical and present greatness of America built upon capitalism.

Capitalism Creates Jobs. A job is critically important to a personal perception of value. Why are people from all parts of the globe streaming across our southern border? A better life in capitalist America for themselves and their families, safety and security, and personal pride that comes from having a job instead of scraping by without work.

Reject socialism. It kills people and peoples’ spirit. America can always improve. We always do. Embrace and argue for the value of capitalism. Defend the system that drives us the next time you hear a misguided person attacking our country and the way of life that creates limitless opportunity.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David J. Volk, Esq., has conducted approximately 85 trials and more than 800 hearings as sole or lead counsel. Foundational principles such as faith, recognizing the need for mentors, humility, and never giving up is what has led Volk throughout his life and career as a lawyer and business owner.

He has a background of working in family-owned businesses, and this has been helpful in understanding how businesses are run. At the age of twelve, he went to work in his parents’ beverage warehouse with tasks such as sweeping floors, loading, unloading, and cleaning trucks, working in the icehouse, forklift operation, and checking in drivers receipts and money. He continued to stay active in the family business affairs up through graduating law school.

Other activities included helping with leasing, cleaning, and bookkeeping for commercial and residential rental properties; surface coal mining including operating and servicing trucks and machinery; the sale, delivery, installation, and servicing of manufactured homes; and construction of a mobile home park and commercial building.

Bar Admissions and Education

Florida Bar, West Virginia Bar, all Florida Federal District Courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Former partner in what was Brevard County’s largest firm Reinman, Harrell, Graham, Mitchell & Wattwood, P.A. and established Volk Law Offices, P.A. in December of 1994. West Virginia University Bachelor of Science degree in business administration (accounting major) 1983 and juris doctor degree from that school’s College of Law 1987. Member: Moot Court Board and Lugar Trial Association. Legal research and writing teaching assistant while in law school. 

For more information, visit VolkLawOffices.com or call 321-726-8338.

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