But for once this year, I'm not stressed about my actual taxes, I'm just depressed at the thought of all the hot/loud/stupid Tea Bag action that's going to fill the airwaves (though they don't seem quite ready yet). April 15th, 2009 serves for many as the true birth of a "national" Tea Party movement, so I can only imagine the hysterical rallies of misinformed bitters demanding weird nonsensical things and holding up obliquely racist signs, all in celebration of their anniversary.
WHO WILL STOP THESE CRAZY MOBS?
Anarchists! Hooray! Various anarchist groups are calling for anti-racist counter-protests wherever tea partiers gather, because "If the tea party movement takes over this country they will really hurt poor people by getting rid of social programs..." No shit. Also, amen. Honestly, though, I'm not hugely optimistic about a large enough anarchist presence showing up across the country to the extent that any significant disruptions will take place, but one can always hope.
I will say, by way of optimism, that I was once caught in a pitched battle between anarchists and avowed fascists in Prague, in the lead up the WTO meetings way back in 2000. It was spectacular and kind of wonderful, and made me think of Orwell's old "worker vs. cop, I know whose side I'm on" line. The "battle" itself was like a bench-clearing brawl in a hockey game combined with the ragged, open-field skirmishing of rugby; the most dangerous thing I caught sight of was a pine one-by-two (the kind used to hold up flimsy signage) which was more brandished than wielded. The whole thing didn't last very long. After punches had been thrown and bruised fists had been raised (I think it stopped because people got winded) I went and got drunk with a couple of anarchists, who ended up missing the next day's protest.
Not surprisingly, the Freepers are salivating at the prospect of getting to smash some liberal face. This summer is going to be so awesome and fun.