On Thursday the grand finale of the "Tea Party Express," as they've been calling it, held a demonstration in Washington, DC, ostensibly protesting taxes, big government, and excess spending, but also evoking some other, rather unrelated issues. I only had time to stay for a few minutes, but I got to talk to a few people and take some pictures. I think I was there at a bad time, because I just saw a guy doing a bizarre stand-up routine that had very little to do with the rally, and the people I was around seemed pretty bewildered by it, though they all broke into wild applause when he ended with "So are we gonna vote these guys out of office?!" and made a reference implying assassinating our incumbents that related to a joke about Lincoln he'd told a few minutes earlier. Here are some photos:
There was a guy taping his sign together. I asked him if I could take a picture, and he said "OK, but the other side is better." I can't imagine why... maybe because this side makes no sense.
Holy crap! "Dissent is Patriotic"? Amazing. I bet this guy was around during the protests of the Iraq War too, saying that he was proud of those who were openly critical of our country's involvement there.
I'll actually write some insightful commentary on the Tea Party in the near future.