By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

My name is David Ross and I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives for the Sixth District. I am a proud son of a minister and a working mom. While attending The University of North Alabama, I earned degrees in both Broadcasting and Journalism. After settling in Middle Tennessee, I eventually met and married my wife Paula, and we have two sons currently attending college.

I understand what hard work is. I worked my way through college as a deckhand on a towboat, sweeping floors, cutting lumber and washing windows. In addition to working television jobs I have worked various freelance video productions, and electrical work among other things, so I understand living by the sweat of my brow.

I have spent a majority of my adult life working in broadcasting and have been blessed with a good career. I have worked for The Nashville Network, CMT, Qwest Digital, WSMV Channel 4 and now Viacom. I have had the honor to work with some very talented individuals over the years, and I have seen Nashville go through a golden age of entertainment and have been privileged to be a part of it.

Submitted photo David Ross is running for Congress as an independent.

Submitted photo
David Ross is running for Congress as an independent.

Most of my life I have been a Libertarian and have voted that way for many years. I recently decided to run for Congress because I was not happy with the direction in which our country was going. I could not see anyone else stepping up to offer an alternative to the status quo so I decided to take a stand. I honestly feel that the only way to change the culture in Washington is to replace our representatives with new blood.

In my opinion neither of the two major parties deserves your vote based on their performance. We as a nation have accumulated a national debt of more than 19 TRILLION dollars and what do we have to show for it. Both parties are quick to blame the other for this debt but I say both the Democrats and the Republicans are equally responsible. It is imperative that we urgently work to reduce the deficit because we have no right to leave the next generation with the debt that we have accumulated.

The issue I have heard most often from the constituents I have talked to is corruption in Washington. It seems to be that the anger is directed at both Democrats and Republicans. The people have lost faith that elected officials care about them. The two-party system in America has stacked the deck in its own favor in order to stay in power, but remember the lesser of two evils is still an evil. Our federal government appears to have become little more than a generation of vipers and a den of thieves, and I for one am tired of it.

It is my opinion that many of the politicians in Washington have been there too long, and have forgotten why they were elected and what their job is. How many congressmen know the pain of losing a job, and working multiple jobs to keep your head above water? How many congressmen have had to decide which bill to pay when you don’t have enough money to pay all the bills? I know what it is like to work hard to support a family. I know the difficulty of losing a job and the heartache of seeing your retirement destroyed. I have seen good people lose their homes and that is something not easily forgotten.

What is going on in Washington is an insult to our ancestors and veterans who worked hard, sacrificed and in some cases died building this country. Our foreign wars have killed or displaced millions and accomplished nothing but ruined countries and giving birth to global terrorism. We have given up our freedoms to protect our freedoms. Liberty has become just a hollow word politicians use to get elected instead of the sacred right we inherited. I pledge that I will vote no on any bill that will increase the size, cost, power or extend the reach of government. Because one should never grant the government powers you wouldn’t want to end up in the hands of your worst enemy.

Again my name is David Ross and I am running for Congress, and would appreciate your vote Nov. 8.