This song is our homage to Budd Dwyer, a PA politician who committed suicide on national television back in 1987, one day before he was to be wrongfully sentenced for accepting a bribe.
In 2010 William Smith, another accused and convicted party revealed that he had given false testimony to incriminate Dwyer, who had spent his years in office combatting corruption on a state and federal level, and had professed his innocence throughout the trial.
Here's a section of Budd Dwyer's last words in a letter he had passed out the day of his suicide:
'To those of you with depth and concern the real story will be what I hope and pray results from this morning--in the coming months and years, the development of a true Justice System here in the United States. I am going to die in office in an effort to ...see if the shame[-ful] facts, spread out in all their shame, will not burn through our civic shamelessness and set fire to American pride.
Please tell my story on every radio and television station and in every newspaper and magazine in the U.S. Please leave immediately if you have a weak stomach or mind since I don't want to cause physical or mental distress. Joanne, Rob, DeeDee - I love you! Thank you for making my life so happy. Good bye to you all on the count of 3. Please make sure that the sacrifice of my life is not in vain.'
We felt an obligation to share this story as it's a powerful example of how truly skewed our political and justice system can become. If anyone's interested in learning more about Budd Dwyer and his life check out the movie Honest Man."
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