The most artistic thing about the Tea Party movement is its signage.


Due in large part to the extremity of views expressed, and in equally large part to the media's penchant for identifying outrage, Tea Party signs have become a political storyline. When Tea Partiers gather for a rally, one asks: what will the signs say? What outrages will they hold?

And the most outrageous always get an airing.

Some have pushed the line of racism; some have called Obama a Nazi. Some Tea Partiers will tell you these signs were liberal plants, aimed at discrediting the movement.

Others contain more muted, oblique sentiments of frustration. Some make sense, and some don't exactly. Many of them are homemade, while some are printed up by groups big and small. If the movement as a whole is to be taken as gestalt, the signs are the gestalt at its most gestaltish.

The following is a slideshow (taken on an iPhone on a cloudy day) of signs present at the Tea Party rally outside the Capitol in Washington, DC this past Sunday, September 12, the same day other large rallies were held in St. Louis and Sacramento and countless smaller gatherings were scheduled across the country. A few thousand, maybe, milled about and sat in campaign chairs on the West lawn of the Capitol.

They are not the most outrageous signs, per se, just a sample. Politics and handicrafts colliding at the Capitol.


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