A modest crowd of Tea Party enthusiasts descended on Washington in this afternoon’s “Audit the IRS” rally on Capitol Hill.

“There’s some people who want to write the obituary for the Tea party,” Mike Needham, CEO of the Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Action for America group, told the audience.

“But the Tea Party is alive and well. We are going to write the obituary for big government,” Needham said.

Needham was joined on the speakers platform by a succession of conservative congressmen and media figures, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who blasted targeting of conservative groups by the federal tax agency and encouraged participants of the Tea Party movement to continue their efforts against big government.

Headlining the rally was Glenn Beck, whose lengthy speech covered a variety of issues and personalities.

“The march to freedom never ends,” Beck declared. “Government is no longer the protector of our rights, but the biggest violator.”

Beck drew laughs and applause when he compared Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas.

“I actually like Vegas more than this city,” Beck said. “The only difference between Las Vegas and D.C. is at least Vegas has the decency to admit it’s full of crooks and hookers.”

Beck was followed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, took the stage echoing Beck’s sentiments.

“I am horrified that my government has gotten out of control,” Sen. Paul said. “It needs to end and it needs to end now.”

Gabriella Morrongiello is a Washington Examiner analysis section intern.