Yellowstone National Park is a volcanic caldera, 34 miles by 45 miles across, formed in a massive, super-volcanic eruption about 630,000 years ago.
The park sits atop that still active super-volcano. On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helene erupted, killing 54 people. There are 169 potentially active volcanoes in the United States.
All this is to say that geologically, the United States has always had the threat of potentially disastrous eruptions lurking beneath its surface. The same is true for American democracy.
Lurking beneath the surface of American democracy ever since its inception have been potentially disastrous eruptions from anti-democratic factions, militia, underground armies, insurrectionists and domestic terrorists. Just as plate tectonics can set off a volcano, political greed and chicanery can set off an insurrection.
Who are these angry, anti-government, anti-authority, hate-filled, mostly white Caucasian Americans? Why are they so full of fear, paranoia, hatred and resentment? Perhaps it’s because there has always been inequality, government inefficiency and corruption and people get fed up with it.
Fair enough. But invading our Capitol has never been the American response to such anti-government resentment and unrest.
Four years of greed, chicanery, lies and conspiracy theories by Trump and his Republican co-conspirators caused the latest deadly eruption on Jan. 6 when a violent mob of Trump-supporting insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, causing death and untold injuries and an indelible bruise on American history.
Then two months of the Republicans’ nonstop gaslighting, bald-faced lies and cockamamy conspiracy theories supporting Trump’s unfounded allegations of the 2020 election being stolen by massive voter fraud intentionally added to the pressure. Lastly, Trump’s inciting rally in D.C. on Jan. 6 was the final shifting of the plates that set the MAGA magma free.
And the volcano erupted — as choreographed.
And on that same infamous day, 139 Republican representatives and eight Republican senators refused to verify the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden. Since Jan. 6, Republican politicians and officials across the country have relentlessly spread the Big Lie. For example, almost four months after the U.S. Congress verified that Biden won the presidency fair and square, Arizona Republican senators have hired a pro-Trump firm to conduct another needless recount of the presidential votes, this one in Maricopa County, which overwhelmingly voted for Biden.
Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are following in goose step with another recount by the same dubious firm that suggested that other battleground states will follow.
To what end other than to harass and sow doubt? Because regardless of the outcomes of these sham recounts, the presidency isn’t going to change hands.
When magma erupts from the Earth, it’s called lava. It rolls downhill destroying every living thing in its path. The MAGA magma that we’re witnessing today has erupted, attempting to hijack elections and democracy itself. It’s called fascism.
That eruption needs to be capped permanently at the polls starting in 2022.