Glenn Reynolds, writing in the Wall Street Journal, notes that the madness for taxes noted in the previous post is increasingly motivating those who are mad at taxes to mobilize:
Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies — dubbed “tea parties” — to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending. There is no political party behind these rallies, no grand right-wing conspiracy, not even a 501(c) group like MoveOn.org.
So who’s behind the Tax Day tea parties? Ordinary folks who are using the power of the Internet to organize. For a number of years, techno-geeks have been organizing “flash crowds” — groups of people, coordinated by text or cellphone, who converge on a particular location and then do something silly, like the pillow fights that popped up in 50 cities earlier this month. This is part of a general phenomenon dubbed “Smart Mobs” by Howard Rheingold, author of a book by the same title, in which modern communications and social-networking technologies allow quick coordination among large numbers of people who don’t know each other.
The left is trying, rather desperately, to paint this as a Republican effort. It does not appear to be. It looks to be non-partisan. In fact, it should be a real warning to all politicians, regardless of party, that a backlash is building.
If I lived in Oregon, I’d look at reports of the Democrat’s plans for a 1,900% tax increase on beer and then begin looking for a Tea Party near me. That tax is going to pound those least able to afford it, regardless of party affiliation.