I went to the Tea Party rally down by the Washington Monument earlier tonight. I didn't find any of the over-the-top signs that you sometimes see in the media. There were definitely people there, but significantly less than any anti-war protest I've been to. I’d say about equal to a Save Darfur rally. I left at 8pm, though.
While there may not have been any overtly outrageous signs, plenty of them demanded "their" country back and some vaguely threatened Congress. Many signs just didn't make much sense.
Obama was often called a socialist, either explicitly or implicitly. I wish these people would look up the definition of socialism. Even better, learn about socialist countries and compare them to ours. Newsflash: Many large corporations are not only privately owned in the U.S., but some pay zero taxes to the U.S. government. That's the opposite of socialism.
One sign called for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. This is a Tea Party rally; supposedly, these people are against taxes. Guess how that wall will be funded. And it wouldn't be cheap!
There were some interesting points made, where we'd have to agree to disagree, but for the most part, not so much. There was crazy anti-gay guy and a woman who thought Obama wasn't a target of white supremacists because he was half-white. Anyway, I'm home safe.