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Pledging Allegiance

Thousands pledged allegiance to the flag during the One Nation Working Together rally. The gathering in Washington, D.C., was organized by the NAACP, National Council of La Raza, AFL-CIO and other civil rights and labor groups.

Ed Schultz, the Anti-Beck

MSNBC's Ed Schultz was an emcee of the rally. According to The Washington Post, he said of the Tea Party activists, "They talk about the Constitution but they don't want to live by it. … They talk about the forefathers, but they practice discrimination. They want to change this country."

Red, White, Blue and Proud

Flag-waving isn't just for Tea Partiers.

A Closer Look

A rally participant used binoculars to watch speakers and performers such as NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, the Rev. Al Sharpton, activist Van Jones, actors Wendell Pierce and Harry Belafonte, and a scheduled performance by George Clinton singing — wait for it — "One Nation Under a Groove."

They Want Their Country Back, Too

"Down with war, up with jobs" was the message some of the ralliers wanted to send.

High on America

Uncle Sam walked tall on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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