According to The Seattle Times, the motion stated, “Mount Vernon City Council is in no way sponsoring the Mayor’s event on September 26, 2009 and is not connected to the Glenn Beck event in any manner.”
The day was Mayor Bud Norris’ idea to present Beck with a key to his hometown, but the controversial talk show host managed to divide his own hometown, and the idea of Glenn Beck Day filled up the courtroom where the meeting was held. It is estimated that 100 people attended. It isn’t a surprise that even Beck’s hometown would be polarized.
As far as whether or not Beck should be honored, the argument can be made that he is a local guy who has become a national figure, so he is worthy of the honor, the other side of the argument is that Beck has risen to prominence through antics such as calling the president a racist. The town could be seen as endorsing Beck’s rhetoric by honoring him.
My opinion is that giving Glenn Beck the key to his hometown will not lead to the fall of the republic, but there is a risk that comes with any action that could be viewed as an endorsement of Beck’s tactics. There are probably people currently residing in Mount Vernon who are more deserving than Beck.
This looks like a publicity stunt for the mayor, and a chance to raise money as attending the Beck event will cost you twenty five bucks to attend. I wouldn’t want my hometown identified with Glenn Beck, and I hope the mayor thought this thing through, or else he could be in for some negative publicity the next time Beck goes off the deep end.