July 29th, 2019
American Legitimism is the idea that the United States has a rightful heir from another country’s monarchy, one which historically ruled territory in the modern United States. The supposed heir is called a pretender to the non-existent American throne. Legitimists usually endorse the Queen of Great Britain – the camp which are often called “Royalists” erroneously – or occasionally someone from the House of Bourbon, but American pretenders can surface in any country.
The American Monarchist Society roundly condemns all forms of legitimism. We desire to import no foreign nobility whatsoever to rule in any capacity, or to obtain any government position in the United States. This position is undeserving to compete with viable solutions on the stage of American politics, and it has no place in the development of our platform. Our activism is and always has been to the explicit exclusion of legitimist monarchists. The position is profoundly unrealistic by two different considerations.
Firstly, the practical: the public would never accept the rule of foreign noblemen, and they have no logical reason to do so. It makes no sense to step over capable Americans, to cart in famous last-names for their romanticized family lineage. All pretenders’ claims for an American throne originate only from particular territories contained within the current United States, and not from any right to the whole country. More so, if these claims were lawfully examined in the pre-revolutionary fashion befitting to European monarchy, they’d immediately be deemed as having been defunct for generations. The last Old World sovereigns on American soil are so far removed from their posterity that any real connection to those ancestral titles is too old to ever bind. Even by comparative European historical standards, the legitimists’ claims are invalid and counterfeit, the stuff of a childish imagination and a willful ignorance of America’s own sovereignty. Deciding to simply give our country to a foreign noble due to his namesake is delusional. These people little have tangible connection with the United States, if any, and they have nothing to offer which more pertinent candidates couldn’t best. Almost all their wealth and power are gone. The only thing that remains are the history books; and we at the American Monarchist Society don’t plan on running a museum.
The second way deals with an essential misunderstanding of principles. There’s a prevalent belief that monarchy is like to religion itself, sacred and eternal, and that kingdoms are the exclusive government given divine right to rule by God. Such believers forget that the current European nobility rose out of the Roman vacuum during the Dark Ages. Brave and cunning leaders came to the forefront in times of desperation, propelled by great need for order, their own merit, and their temporal power. The customs of their rule were forged prior to the emergence of our Christian faith. Nations were only baptized with their sovereigns after pedigrees and identities were well-established; far from being sovereigns and governments chosen in God’s Name. But this is where the seat of temporal power is truly justified, not by ostentatious crowns and titles conferred by God’s ministers, although we should make all efforts to baptize our rulers; the legitimacy of any ruler or government instead comes from man’s quintessential need for social order. Hierarchy is an undeniable requirement reflected in the natural order, and its necessity is so basic that the government which obliges this necessity therein has moral justification to rule. This is what our Christian European heritage proves to us: that is was preferable to baptize Clovis rather than find the no-name with bloodlines back to the last Roman emperor. It’s what our American Republic teaches us now. God has allowed the United States to rule on our continent for 243 years. Despite its substantial flaws, Divine Will has permitted it to reign supreme. He has permitted all other viable alternatives to die with time. It is the legitimate state by moral necessity. Its nature as a republic is no less legitimate than that of a monarchy, so long as it serves the common good just as well. Though a singular ruler is an obvious benefit and safeguard for our United States, one type of government is not ordained to the exclusion of another. There are Christian and pagan examples of both.
The selection of a state’s rulers is rooted in natural qualities, too. The newer idea, in which nobility is exclusively linked to the titles in bloodlines, is dangerous. It’s an idea that originated in the liberal era, allowing us to forget how good traditionalist governments were formed beforehand. The nobility who formed Europe’s traditional bedrock were the product of magnanimous men, virtuous pillars of the community, exemplified as the obvious choice for leadership. They had the integral fortitude required to pass their noble traits on in their family for generations. Nobles kept their titles through careful custody of those entrusted to their care, by bravery, and through true obedience. Unfortunately, nobility in Europe has been stagnate for centuries. Very few new families have been admitted, and not for the correct reasons. The lack of new European candidates has created the effect of a wrongful monopoly. The purpose of nobility became inverted. It has nothing to do with the term “noble” and the merit required to rule an august office. Instead, the office becomes an arbitrary birthright, excluded from men who would make far better, lasting candidates. Why would Americans delve into a broken form of hereditary rule, especially when Europe’s contemporary nobility fall prey to the same disastrous liberal trends? Libertine errors destroy the possibility of forging an organic community and meaning. If the United States desires to fix its deficient identity, importing old ruling houses from Europe is a double-edged sword for with to kill that ambition. For one, the Modern noblemen themselves belong as much to the times as anyone in the Modern world. They themselves look to the past for their unique identity. It’s certainly not something our country can properly do. If we are to look forwards, European families with historic identity can’t be the salve to American’s want of identity. On the other hand, importing foreigners is a direct contradiction to American identity itself. America must form a higher culture after hundreds of populist years. Stifling high culture for want of another country’s legacy is the result of short-sighted romanticism substituting for the virtue of patriotism. In the end, it’ll fracture our homeland more than aid what is missing. As the American Monarchist Congress desires not solely a monarch, but a holistic approach to the Modern crisis, a cheap fix like this won’t do.
American traditionalists can harbor no delusions about the natures of government and sovereigns. They are not a good unto themselves but serve to direct the entire country towards the greater good. A sovereign should not be chosen if he is evidently obstructive towards those ends. Monarchy is merely a political manifestation of philosophical traditionalism. The latter comes prior to the former, both by principles and need for practical establishment. We cannot pretend that our republic is illegitimate if we ever hope to create new American government. Monarchists must ever watch for sins against patriotism. Love of homeland is any Christian’s duty. There will never be anything worth taking pride in until you put in the effort to help create it. The American identity is as real as the state, and is something more than worthy of baptism and refinement. In order to do so, we must reach out to fellow Americans, not beat them because they don’t disdain their country like the legitimists. We aim to bring America to tradition, not by importing an impersonator, not by pursuing self-destructive policies. Contemporary European sovereigns make it obvious that the presence of a crown alone is not good enough.
There can be no mistake about it: whatever government next to succeed our republic will be ruled by an American. We are not going to exclude ourselves from the races for misguided purists. We will not bend to wishes that lack virtuous patriotism and a basic education in moral philosophy. We will not offend the minds of sensible Americans with the fringe eccentricities of some established monarchists. We have no intention of insisting that Americans cannot field nobility, or that there are no possible candidates in our wide country. To the contrary, a good American family would make superior nobility. The merit, hard work, honesty, and virtue in which Europeans have softened remain more vibrant in our country. The United States can certainly be lifted to high ideals, and we intend to help make its own legacy: one that shall be compared to the great legacies of European ruling families. We hope that you will help us reach that goal as our Society bring America to tradition.
May God bless our American states.