Happy R. Budd Dwyer Day to y’all today.
For those not aware of the story of Robert “Budd” Dwyer, the link to the Wikipedia article does a good job of summing up his life, his conviction, and how he made history 23 years ago today.
I pause to honor Mr. Dwyer this day and every January 22 because, to me, he stands as the epitome of being totally committed to an idea whether it be a plan, path, ideology, or dogma.
After his conviction and before his sentencing, Mr. Dwyer followed through on his plan to hold a press conference and then commit suicide in front of the media and on live television.
He never wavered, he never flinched, and he never gave any quarter.
And he paid for that committment with his life.
Today, I remember him and all like him who are single-minded in their devotion to a plan of action.
Today, I remember him and all like him who serve as a warning and as a reminder that there is always a Plan B.