This is what Charles Coulombe proposes in his book, Star Spangled Crown. In this work, Coulombe has essentially provided a manual to a future generation of Americans who may likely need to fall back on something more ancient, tried, tested and true. Already, American society is in decline. Everyone knows it. The question is, what will be the next disaster for this nation, and what will we turn to when this time comes?
Coulombe shares this concern:
"I fear very much for the future of this Country as it stands; I can honestly say that while I believe in the right of the Sovereign States to secede (especially as the South were trying to leave a country itself the result of successful secession), I would have done anything short of War to keep them in the Union. I pray that some substitute ethos shall be found in time to keep the Country from shattering when it faces its next major crisis."We must become fertile again, least our society become riddled with troubles. If Christendom is to survive, "a new animating principle and a new myth of governance" must be instilled in our people. In this country, Coulombe states, the two pillars of European Civilization--altar and throne--have been destroyed. The altar has been divided, and the throne has been overturned. What do we have left to unify us? American civil religion? Generic Christianity?
Star Spangled Crown is much more than just the narrative of a hypothetical American king. The entire book is a how-to manual for the day that we try out monarchy. With a work such as this, Coulombe may very well be serving as an aide to some future restoration of our Western Culture. The very book may prevent a future America from reinventing the wheel.
Star Spangled Crown has the potential to serve as a bridge, bringing together the past, present and future generations of Americans. Drawing upon history, the dead have a voice again. Coulombe helps us to look back at the wisdom of our ancestors--as well as their shortcomings. The past comes to life, and we can examine what made America what it is. We can look back and take a close look at the holes that our Founders left when they usurped their power from King George III. And then, whatever wounds remain open from America's rupture against altar and throne, Coulombe heals with sage wisdom and lessons learned from the American Experiment. He presents everything that came before, and this gives those who have ears to hear a chance to prepare those that come later.
It is not hatred of America that propelled Charles Coulombe forward into writing this book. Rather, it was his love for this country and the people who made it what it is today. He does not take America for granted, but instead, cherishes our history and our character. The knowledge that the author has retained over a lifetime is at last put together for a singular purpose. His suggestion for such an Instaturation can serve as a healing balm to a troubled nation.
"I have had the pleasure of travelling throughout this Country, and have experienced at first hand and so come to love its regions--not merely New York City and the Hudson Valley where I was born, nor only California where I have lived most of my life, or my father's native New England, but the legend and war-haunted South, the rest of the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and the Far West. The folklore of each of the States enchants me, as does their history. Indian lore and Black culture, the cultures brought by various waves of immigrants--our entire American story is enthralling--at least I have always found it so, from the first time I picked up an American Heritage when I was six to my last coast-to-coast road trip a few months ago. Truly, I love this Country of ours savagely; but I love her for what she is, not for what some accuse her of or pretend her to be."In spite of the fact that the author seems to be introducing a very anti-American concept--monarchy--at the close of this book, I find myself even more in love with the United States of America than ever before.
For anyone who dares to boast of their intellect and high-mindedness, I say let them be put to the test, and let us see if they are capable of such a grand consideration as what Coulombe proposes.
I loved this book for all of these reasons and more. I will next read Puritan's Empire: A Catholic Perspective on American History. I highly recommend this book to any student of history and any person who actively worries about the future of the United States.