Warning This is Graphic – Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer

by gradycarter


WARNING: this is one of the more got wrenching and heartbreaking documentaries I’ve ever watched, and it is graphic. This is a personal piece about a personable man, who had some personal problems, that were compounded by cruel treatment. In our increasingly technological world things are easily marginalized and magnified to exceptional degrees.

This documentary is about a man named Budd Dwyer, who served in state politics for the state of Pennsylvania. I actually lived in Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, off and on for about two months. The tragic event that took place at the Capitol happened about three or four blocks from where I lived. Budd Dwyer seemed to be a people pleaser, and when the people and the rhetoric turned against him it was too much… This happened in the late 1980s, which in reality was not that long ago, but in terms of communication and technology it is a world apart.

People love to criticize politicians and public servants – but when they get a sincere one it’s very likely that they might mistreat them. If people wonder why they question politicians and politics so much they should probably consider the nuances involved, and the maze that is created by hyper-partisan rhetoric. This story should be told as an example of how we should not treat others, and that includes our elected officials.

WARNING: this is graphic. And if you are already experiencing depression I don’t think you should watch this.