As I continued in the opposite direction of the march, I spotted a bundle of American flags. I knew I had found the counter-protesters, as hippies only display American flags if they are defaced in some way. Sure enough, the Free Republic crowd was on hand, with their signs, and even a Jane Fonda doll hanging from a tree (with the sign "traitorous bitch"). The hippies would stop, chant "shame" or "enlist" or "read a book" or "who stole my weed?" while the counter-protesters would chant "USA". The crowd was considerably smaller this year, which is understandable since the war is harder and harder to defend.
Numerous times the Capitol police had to step in, mostly due to unruly protesters. After watching this zoo for a while, I decided to head out, back to the real world.