CAPITOL HILL - In honor of tax day Thursday, thousands of tea partiers gathered from coast to coast in a series of "taxed enough already" demonstrations.
The biggest Tea Party took place in Washington, D.C., where attendees wanted to send a strong message that freedom today is at risk in the U.S.
"This is the Tea Party. This is the one that everybody's looking to," Atlanta, Ga., resident Matthew Little said.
Thousands gathered on Freedom plaza, carrying homemade signs that have become a trademark of the movement.
"I'm just tired of the crap, the sewage coming out of Congress," another protestor, Jim Burgess, charged.
Jennifer Wishon has more from Washington on Thursday's Tea Party protest. Click play for more analysis following this report.
Opponents have recently accused those in the Tea Party of racism. To that, tea partiers say Americans for human rights can't be racist.
Many say they've been wrongfully labeled as racists, something the Tea Party Express addressed from the podium.
"We're often misrepresented and made to be angry mobsters and things like that, but we're not," Connecticut resident Joan Haugen said. "We're just regular people trying to do what's right."
A recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed 90 percent of Tea Party supporters think the government is moving in the wrong direction.
"We want them to listen to us for a change and actually take it into consideration instead of just doing what they want to us," D.C. protest attendee Christina Dilouie said.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worked to appeal to all Americans who dread tax day.
"We see that we ought to stop the spending, stop the borrowing that will only bring on higher taxes," Rep. Eric Cantor said.
In defense, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said the GOP has used April 15 "to tell us they support tax cuts."
"What they don't tell us is that they support tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans," he continued. "Only pennies on the dollar for middle class Americans."