Carlson is a combat veteran of the Global War on Terror, who served three tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan on the Personal Security Detail under the Commanding Generals of the 1st Marine Corps Division and Expeditionary Force. He served his country with dignity and was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps with the rank of Sergeant in 2007. In many ways — Sergeant Carlson never stopped serving his country, even when his uniform came off. He has continued to advocate for veterans and their families. In 2008, when Army and Navy recruiting stations came under attack and protest from anti-war protestors at the University of Minneapolis, he was there alongside many others to defend and stand up for his fellow servicemen and women and the country of the United States of America.
When I first spoke with Sergeant Carlson, I was under the impression that he had great support for his campaign from the military and veteran communities. We had discussed some of his plans to improve the Small Business Administration Patriot Express Loan for veterans; and exchanged words on issues regarding the VA. After a half an hour of discussion, I quickly found that my assumptions were completely wrong. In his two runs for United States Senate, he has never been contacted by any military medium about his journey until his story here today. To me this was not only surprising, but also extraordinarily disheartening. In a time where veterans issues are at the forefront of American political discourse, it would seem that a man like David would be the candidate to endorse if you were a veteran or veteran organization looking for a leader to fight for their cause.
If David J. Carlson were to win this Tuesday and go on to defeat Senator Franken in November, he would be the first veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to be elected to the United States Senate and would immediately become the youngest serving Senator. In an age where politicians are bought and paid for, he would combat against the cronyism of today and work towards a better tomorrow. He would become an ambassador for America’s younger generations who have become jaded and disinterested in the American political climate, offering youthful vigor that is lacking in the nation’s capitol.
He is a sensible candidate. A middle of the road family man, he only wants a better life for his children and the rest of his fellow countrymen. He is a leader by nature — currently working as a school teacher that has the experience and ideas to help America’s education system get back on track. He has an entrepreneurial skill set and business mind, graduating from the prestigious Florida State University Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Disabled Veterans Program and has the knowledge and ability to jumpstart our economy and expand our workforce.
Most importantly, Carlson has pledged to work alongside liberal Democrat Amy Klobuchar to help kickstart the #OneNation campaign and rid Washington, D.C. of the partisan gridlock that has sent our country in a downward spiral. Deep down, he knows that Congress’ modus operandi needs to be changed if America wants to continue being the beacon of freedom for the entire world. Everyone in America has been pining for a breath of fresh air to arrive in Washington and bring common sense politics back to the forefront of our nations political discourse, but when a man such as Carlson has the experience, conviction and purpose arrives, he is virtually ignored.
Being the underdog is not always the easiest, but it sure is easy to root for. Recent polls conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) have shown that Carlson performs better than any other candidate when faced in a potential match-up against Senator Franken, but is currently trailing in polls for the candidacy itself. Like the mythological Atlas, no matter what the outcome is on Tuesday, I expect David J. Carlson to endure and to continue to serve his fellow Americans proudly.
If you would like to find out more about David J. Carlson and his campaign for the United States Senate, click here to visit his website, follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MN4DavidCarlson. Last but not least, be on the look out for Havok Journal’s exclusive Q an A interview on his personal experiences and thoughts on foreign and domestic policy tomorrow.