By echoing the universality of the American Continental Congresses, we can achieve the same effects: gathering the greatest of American minds and representing the ideas brought forth which best serve truth. It’s most fitting ad hominem argument for calling an end the republic, for representation in both cases will not be ignored.
In order to make most of the traditionalist voice in America, the American Monarchist Society’s purpose is to unify voices that would otherwise be drowned out amidst the radicals in our country’s political mainstream. We recognize that the only strength we will ever have lies in unity. To accommodate all reasonable traditionalists, our organization behaves as a pan-traditionalist umbrella. Unlike political organizations that differ by their platform (so that practical considerations separate them, even though there may be several other parties that share the very same ideals), the Society opens to multiple political persuasions which differ on how to accomplish the essential principles we agree on. The Congress is the epitome to our unity through honest dialogue.
The Monarchist Congress will act as a legislative body for the Society, the political party that the American Monarchist Society plans to field, and as a beacon to follow for all traditionalists throughout the Land of the Free. It shall consist of an upper Council of Alderman, and a lower Chamber of Burgess; the former occupied by Aldermen, the latter by Burgesses. Aldermen behave as the executive leadership of the Society within and without the Monarchist Congress, and include chief positions like Regent, Seneschal, Reeve, Treasurer, and Chaplain. The Burgesses shall be the leading men from the Society’s state chapters, assembled specifically for the Congress. Their presence ensures that the Congress is a body which represents the will of the States United. Their number will be augmented by deputies from external traditionalist organizations that decide to join in the deliberation. The Congress shall meet for periods of pre-determined time called sessions, before and after which the body will be disbanded and incapable. In the tradition of the Continental Congresses and subsequent United States Congress, Monarchist Congresses shall be counted in number by their number of transpired sessions.
An American Monarchist Congress has not yet assembled. The Society is still increasing membership and establishing enough state chapters to meet a Congress’ minimum requirements. The Preparatory Assembly has no official date for a Congress, but estimates all preparations should be finished by 2021.
Holding a Monarchist Congress will unite the fractured traditionalist community throughout the United States. As the impetus in our country moves farther and farther to the left, traditionalists face increasing discrimination in public life for maintaining their views. Despite our numbers, increasing discrimination creates an overwhelming sense of isolation. The manifest intolerance of liberals provokes bitterness in many traditionalist advocates. Even healthy forms of compromise come to be looked upon as the highest betrayal. Ultimately, those who do not move with the liberal impetus fall to lone-wolf behavior and friendly detraction. A physical act of unity will not only defeat isolation, but it will help us to relearn how to cooperate and advance our own cause among friendly faces. True acts of leadership are desperately needed in order to complete the traditionalist community’s identity, and to give it a sense of direction which everyone can follow. Without unity, nobody will be on the same page.
The Congress is an event and body hosted by the hierarchy of the American Monarchist Society. The Congress is the Society’s means for facilitating the national dialogue for both the Society as an organization and its policies. Its nature is one of good-willed discourse within the broad traditionalist principles that the Society’s mission frames. Academic disputation is to focus on which policies and approach to monarchy will be most beneficial for the American state. External and pre-exisiting groups are welcomed to join in the effort, as the Society’s pan-traditional platform is designed with these groups and their audiences in mind. While unifying the proud factions of traditionalism, the Congress also serves an important second necessity which pertains directly with United States government. The Founding Fathers were aware that government tends to corrupt with time according to the wounded nature of man; they wisely saw fit to provide legal means for establishing a new government. The Congress, due to its composition, stands in the position to work with state governments directly in order to satisfy Article V of the United States Constitution. Such would manifest a formal convention of states with the power to amend – and presumably rewrite or abolish – the United States Constitution.
It is the American Monarchist Congress’ expectation that its constituency act with integrity towards principle, but equally as much towards the art of dialogue and compromise on items not pertaining to philosophical beliefs. Accordingly, the Society endorses the “All for One” principle: that, while the Society unites all its members under the same principles but potentially different practical opinions, once an assembled Congress passes and enacts a single, official platform for the American Monarchist Society, that those same members see to the virtue of obedience and unite under that platform. Even if the platform contains prudential items which some members are bound to disagree with, they must recognize that their own proposals were fairly beaten in open dialogue during the course of a Monarchist Congress. Dissenting members are morally obliged, for the sake of strength in unity – lest our cause be weakened and never effect any good when our country needs it most, simply because some of the constituency were naive enough to prefer spite – to continue their posts in obedience to the will of the Congress, Society, and to their superiors. To act contrary with rebellious behavior, one must concede, is an act antithetical to monarchy.
As the American Monarchist Congress is meant to represent the traditionalist gamut throughout the country, steps must first to taken to obtain burgesses and proper organization before such a meeting can take place.
Thus, a preliminary body known as the Preparatory Assembly shall precede the declaration of a Congress’ formal incorporation. The Preparatory Assembly shall consist of current sitting Aldermen, Burgesses from any recognized state chapters, ad hoc burgesses from the various committees, and representatives from prospective chapters. The business of the Preparatory Assemblies will be for organizing the American Monarchist Society, preparing for the future Congress, and to procure the establishment of all state chapter and their growth in healthy numbers.