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We went to the Glenn Beck program sponsored by EFF at Safeco Field
September 26. It was a marvelous occasion, with a turnout of about
7,000 people. We arrived almost two hours early and there were
already a lot of people there. A handful of protestors across the
street were hugely outnumbered by Beck supporters.
(running against Patty Murray) was there with a well organized
staff, mostly young people.
signs and T-shirts too.
Safeco Field was set up with tables on the field for people who
All of the tables were full. A number of
celebrities were there including Dino Rossi, who got a nice
applause, several members of EFF including Bob Williams, and some
decorated war veterans who were later honored.
The program started with three members of the
Lee family (Kenton, Juliet and Jocelyn) singing the National
Anthem, the best version we have ever heard!
There were several thousand
people in the stands. (A lot are in back in the shade). It was an
awesome sight! Many flags and banners, all peaceful and patriotic.
The entire crowd was energetic and enthusiastic with no signs
whatsoever of protestors.
Evergreen Freedom Foundation CEO
Lynn Marsh was very effective on the stage.
most inspiring event was an emotional tribute to veterans by actor
James McEachin, a decorated Korean war hero. To have a black person
give such a patriotic statement about America was most welcome after
all the accusations that we get about being racist.
Next was the much-awaited talk by Glenn Beck.
Needless to say he got a tremendous ovation from the 7,000 people.
He was relaxed, casual, and made a wonderful presentation, stating
his beliefs in a small, honest, transparent government, in free
enterprise and personal responsibility. Truly, he is a great man!
The program ended with the Lee family singing
I'm Proud to Be an American, a fitting end, because this
program did indeed make us proud to be Americans.
The coverage by the local TV stations was,
typically, pathetic. They gave almost equal time to the handful of
protestors, never did a wide view to show the huge number of
people in the bleachers, didn't show James McEachin (how could
they when they all claim we are racists) or the other tributes to
veterans, and only showed Glenn when he was angry or combative,
never when he was relaxed and smiling.
In was a great event. Once again Glenn Beck
rose to the occasion to inspire thousands. He and EFF are to be
congratulated for organizing and executing it so well.
Keith & Antje
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Andy Stevens September 29th, 2009
Glenn Beck: Keys to the City
The intentions were honorable. The concept was
valid. Home boy makes good. Glenn Beck has attained a monumental
degree of success in his chosen profession. As a talk show host in
both the field of radio and television broadcast he is at the
pinnacle of the food chain. Not withstanding, he is a successful
author of three best seller books, each selling in the millions.
Glenn is, by his own admission, a man of
imperfection who has often stumbled, fallen and picked himself up to
carry on. Weakness, failure and success aside, Glenn Beck is a man
who loves his Country, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and all
they stand for. His passion for America, the foundation of his
success is often fueled by thought provoking controversial and
flammable subject matter.
Almost immediately following the decision to present Glenn Beck with
the Keys to the City, there was a hue and cry from the
liberal left which quickly became a concerted and choreographed
effort to subvert the decision and diminish the authority of Mayor
Norris and force him rescind his invitation
I have carefully chosen the words “concerted”
and “choreographed” because it was by no small coincidence
that this story immediately became the subject of national controversy and picked up
by the media by and large. Protests were initiated. A
paid 1/4 page
advertisement was placed in the local newspaper inviting and
protest. Television vans, trucks, reporters and spokespersons do
not descend on a scene unless they sense a large kettle of fish to
Accompanied by my wife Mary, I attended the
second of these meetings. We parked and made our way to city hall
through a myriad of television trucks, vans, cameras and reporters.
Prior to the meeting, custom made orange “T” shirts bearing the
message, “Hate is not a Mount Vernon Value” were passed out among
the protesters who would be “on camera” delivering their allotted
two and a half minute speech.
As the meeting convened two things, both strikingly apparent and
directly in conflict with the agenda of those
in protest became evident …
The first of these was during the Pledge of Allegiance
which precedes each city council meeting. Here were a group of
citizens who had assembled for redress of their concerns under the
Constitution and Bill of Rights, yet may of them remained seated,
refusing to stand or participate. Following the Pledge one of the
dissenters questioned quite loudly, “what’s God got to do with it?’
It is with anticipation that I humbly hope to be in attendance when she is
A personal note here; I, like many others, have
served my country in the preservation of individual rights, free
speech, protest and redress. However, I should like to add that I
did not serve with the intention that these freedoms, rights, flag, country
and honor of tradition become floor mats.
With a heavy heart and intensified enthusiasm Mary
and I returned home that night to continue an E-Mail blitz urging
all within our lists and connections to please join us in supporting
Mayor Bud Norris and welcoming Glenn Beck on Saturday night for the
Keys to the City ceremony.
On Saturday we attended the Glenn Beck at
Safeco event which, BTW, was simply excellent. While we were there
we spoke to many of the Tea Party representatives, many of whom had
received our E-Mail requests and many more who committed to attend
the support group. As we returned to Mount Vernon we were joined
by many great Americans from all around the state, many from as far
away as Olympia, Moses Lake, the Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, all there
in support of Glenn Beck.
Check out the photos below. God Bless Bud
Norris for his fortitude in the face of controversy and Glenn Beck for leading
the charge, as well as each and every one of you who attended and those who showed their support in mind and spirit and may God Bless
Andy and Mary Stevens
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Need I Say More?
The press makes reference to protesters, for and against.
Correction. There are protesters and there are supporters.
As to which of these were in the majority at the end of the day...
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Glenn Beck at Safeco Feild Event
Keys to the City
Mount Vernon Herald
MOUNT VERNON — In return for the long-awaited key to
the city, handed over to conservative news pundit
Glenn Beck on Saturday, Beck bestowed the key to his
own house to Mayor Bud Norris.
“You’re going to need a place to stay,” Beck told
Norris in front of a crowd of nearly 700 people
gathered in McIntyre Hall to watch the event, which
drew national attention and criticism of the mayor.
Outside the performance hall, rowdy demonstrators
spoke out both for and against the mayor’s decision
to hand the key to the city to Beck. The outspoken
Fox News talk show host recently called President
Barack Obama a racist.
During the ceremony, Beck steered away from the
brand of politics that made him famous.
Instead, after the mayor handed over the key,
Beck talked to the crowd about small-town values
that he said he learned while growing up in Mount
Beck said he’s made mistakes in his life, but
“all of the good things, all of the things that I
hope for, came from Mount Vernon.”
His voice cracked with emotion as he spoke.
Beck, 45, was born in Everett and later moved to
Mount Vernon, where his parents ran City Bakery. It
was there, he said, he learned his work ethic that
carried him to the top of his career and into
televisions and radios across the nation.
As a youth, Beck marched in the Mount Vernon
Volunteer Militia, part of his father’s effort to
turn downtown into a historic attraction. His life
growing up was a far cry from his new one in New
York City, he said, where he now lives with his
“Now I would give my right arm to live in Mount
Vernon,” he told the crowd. “And I learned today
there are a ton of people who are ready to cut it
off — and they would. But it doesn’t bother me
because I have the key to their house.”
The audience was quick to laugh at Beck’s jokes
and stood repeatedly to applaud as Beck quipped
about Mount Vernon and as two of his childhood
friends reminisced about their experiences with
Beck complimented the mayor, saying he is one of
the rare people who “actually has a spine.” The
crowd then stood to applaud the mayor.
Along with handing Beck a golden key secured to a
plaque with Beck’s name on it — admittedly “much to
the chagrin of some people” — Norris officially
declared Saturday “Glenn Beck Day.”
But Beck said the day wasn’t about him. He said
the event was really about the Lincoln Theatre, the
venue where he watched “Mary Poppins” with his
mother and “Star Wars” for the first time.
The event raised $10,000 for the theater, and
Beck announced he will match that amount, donating
$10,000 of his own money.
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|Letter from a
Media coverage of the people who attended the
demonstration in Mount Vernon during Glenn Beck’s visit.
attending the demonstration in Mt. Vernon on September 26, I have one
regret…..that I didn’t take a camera and take pictures of all of the
Glenn Beck supporters that were there. I have read many reports from the
media and they all talk about and show pictures of the people who were
protesting the Glenn Beck event and hardly anything is said or shown
about the demonstrators that were supportive of Glenn Beck. It looked to
me like the supporters outnumbered the non-supporters by 2 or 3 to 1.
The media states that there were about 800 people attending, it looked
more like a thousand or more to me. At any rate, it was the largest
turnout for any such event in the history of Mt. Vernon. I
talked to several supporters and found out that many had traveled from
other cities and towns to Mt. Vernon to show their support for Glenn
Beck. Many were members of Tea Party organizations, the military,
Freedom Fighters, Republicans and Democrats. American flags and
“Don’t Tread On Me” flags were visible throughout the crowd.
I walked the entire length
of the demonstration (about 4 city blocks on both sides of the street)
and noticed that the non-supporters of Glenn Beck spoke of racism,
hatred, and anger.
Have we forgotten the
sermons of Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for 20 years, “Obama's
Pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Has a History of What Even Obama's
Campaign Aides Say Is 'Inflammatory Rhetoric'…”Sen. Barack Obama's
pastor says blacks should not sing "God Bless America" but "God damn
words of Bill Ayers, : "I don't regret setting bombs...I feel we didn't
recently Van Jones where it is stated that… “Recent news reports
cited a derogatory comment Jones made in the past about Republicans, and
separately, of Jones' name appearing on a petition connected to the
events surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks.
there are the connections between ACORN and Obama…”both ACORN and the
“mainstream” media were working as dedicated estheticians for Obama,
keeping those unsightly wrinkles and blemishes out of sight and largely
unnoticed by the American people.”
can see racism, hatred, and anger, but from many other sources that do
not involve Glenn Beck. Thank God, Mr. Beck has the intestinal fortitude
to seek out and speak the Truth.
a resident of Mt. Vernon, I was very enthused and inspired by the huge
amount of supporters that showed up Saturday evening. Thanks
to all of you and most of all to Glenn Beck for validating those of us
who want the truth to be told about our government and its leaders. Next
time I will take a camera. Smile.
Mt. Vernon, Washington
Mt. Vernon Tea Party member
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List of Supporters: This is a list of
supporters who responded to a quick E-Mail I sent. The rest showed
up at the event...
If you would like to add your name to the list, please e-Mail me...
John Piazza Sr.
Mary Lou Childs
Jo Anne Adell
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