Star-Spangled Crown: A Simple Guide to the American Monarchy
Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: August 31, 2016
For 240 years, most Americans have identified our country with its government as the embodiment of “Freedom” and the nation itself. Take away the Constitution, Congress, and presidential elections, and not only liberty but the United States themselves would vanish.
Or would they? We have a government that imposes social change from above at breakneck speed, while each presidential election seems to offer even more pathetic choices than the one before. Many are scratching their heads and wondering – not just “where are we going?” but “how did we get here?” Is our governmental system itself – the leading symbol of the American way of life – heading for a meltdown? And if it is, what – if anything – shall be left of our country?
Star-Spangled Crown is a book that comes to us from over a century in the future. That feared meltdown has already occurred – but these United States survived the loss of the presidency. Erected on the ruins of our current regime, a Monarchy has emerged; contrary to all of our 21st century notions, it is a thoroughly American institution. How it functions – as and where all governments, including our present one must function – is the subject of the book.
Star-Spangled Crown is not a call for radical change. It is an invitation for serious thought about the realities of civil life that we as a people have spent more than two centuries ignoring or avoiding at our ultimate peril. What values shall our society express? Who makes those decisions? By what right do they do so? What is America really – or, as our 22nd century author might say, what are the United States? Star-Spangled Crown offers one set of answers from a possible future – but above all, it calls on you to ask the questions in the present.
Charles A. Coulombe is one of North America’s most respected and sought-after commentators on culture, religion, history, and politics. A specialist in the history and government of the Catholic Church, Coulombe’s influence and expertise extend far beyond matters religious. He has written on topics ranging from the history of rum to haunted houses to a history of the United States.
Mr. Coulombe is a social and political commentator of note. In 2005 he provided narration and commentary for ABC News during the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the subsequent election and installation of Pope Benedict XVI. A former journalist, Mr. Coulombe served as a film reviewer and Contributing Editor of the National Catholic Register, during which time he received the Christian Law Institute's Christ King Journalism Award. Coulombe's work has appeared in over than 20 journals, including regular columns in Fidelity (Australia), PRAG (London), Monarchy Canada, and Creole Magazine (Louisiana). He has also been a frequent contributor to such publications as Success, Catholic Twin Circle, Gnosis, FATE, and the New Oxford Review.
As an informed and passionate speaker on a wide variety of religious, social, political, historical, and literary topics, Mr. Coulombe has appeared on lecture circuits throughout the North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1992 he lectured at Oxford University and the following year embarked on a lecture tour of Ireland and Great Britain, returning to Oxford and Cambridge in 1995. Coulombe has also delivered lectures at the University of Southern California on the history of Rock & Roll and at Cleveland's John Carroll University on the history of medieval monarchy. In February 2011, he was invited to take part in a debate on the abolition of the monarchy before the prestigious Oxford Union.
Star-Spangled Crown: A Simple Guide to the American Monarchy, provides a rather comprehensive outline of how a modern-day monarchy would take shape in these United States. While written in a fictitious not-so-distant future, the book read more like a descriptor than it does an novel or other work of fiction. An insightful and entertaining read, monarchy sympathizers and fans of alternative forms of government alike will enjoy this fantastical light read.
This book contains an interesting journey into a hypothetical situation of the U.S becoming a Monarchy. Very interesting to see how certain issues and systems might be handled in such a situation. Makes one think of what if...
great book answering a lot of questions I didn't know I had and entertaining me at the same time would love a movie of it
As a US citizen my first reaction to the idea of a monarchy was dismissal (monarchy is just an obsolete form of government) but after reading this book I now believe a monarchy offers some substantial advantages over a republic.
This work builds on "Puritan's Empire" and synthesizes the author's thought better than any other. Coulombe reminds us that 1492, not 1776, is America's founding year. At long last, we are granted a monarch who is able to bring harmony to our disparate traditions. He is respectful of our freedoms but calls us to greater heights. The Bill of Rights is kept, but bad Supreme Court decisions are overruled and states (notably, Utah) are allowed their own religions again. A balance is kept among powers: the King appoints governors and some mayors, senators are elected by the state legislatures and can appeal directly to His Majesty, and the Congress must approve expenditures beyond those covered by the Crown Lands. This is well detailed. While Coulombe qualifies this all with an admission that he is not an economist and cannot predict the practicality of it, this work remains a remarkable inspiration.