Good morning from Western Washington. Well today's the big Glenn Beck fiasco in the "not so fair" community of Mount Vernon. Although I hadn't planned on going up to protest, I have found myself in the vicinity today, so I am going to stop by on my way through and tell a few of the local merchants that my family's tourist dollars will not be spent in a community that allows such glorification of hate and violence – not now and not in the future.
I understand the city council tried to do something to stop this “key to the city” ceremony, but apparently it was too little and too late. They may be getting a one day economic boom from the event, but I want to do what I can to make sure they realize that although their new-found national reputation as the home of a fear-mongering, hateful bigot, may be putting them on the map today, it will NOT be worth it in the long run.
So I’m asking anyone that will be going – PLEASE don’t spend any money in Mount Vernon while you are there – buy enough gas somewhere else, bring your food and don’t support the local merchants; but let them know why. It may be a small gesture, but it seems money is the only thing they “get” or hopefully not get in this case. Glenn Beck is a poison no state needs!