Constitutional Responsibilities

The Twelve Points are a statement of conservative principles, objectives, philosophy, and additional guiding considerations, composed by Karl Born, a young Indianapolis writer and attorney, beginning in early 2008, completed on July 2, 2009.

The purpose of the Twelve Points is to serve as a delivery mechanism for distilled, concentrated conservative thinking, with the goal of returning clarity and completeness to popular conservatism, and spreading knowledge of the true principles of conservatism throughout the conservative community.

The idea for the Twelve Points, along with much of the content of the document itself, came from the "Seven Points," which was created by a group of conservative college students in 2003 at Indiana University: Grand Old Cause.

Even in light of the 2010 election results, the conservative movement has become confused and aimless. Certain essential conservative principles and considerations have faded from memory and lost their influence. The Twelve Points will help to solve this problem by reminding us of conservative thinking that we may not have considered recently, and by making that thinking available to new, developing conservatives.

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Americans Still Have Responsibilities Under The Constitution

And now, I am about to post this as a comment under a different post on the Heritage Foundation's "The Foundry" blog:

I certainly agree that the Constitution is an amazing document, and I agree that it is our guide and the Supreme Law of the Land, but I do not agree with the comments (or the widely-circulated blog post by Michelle Malkin, last week) that the Constitution is the only guide that we need.  The Constitution ought to be followed inviolably, but even if it were, it would still leave a significant role for the Mount Vernon Statement (and the Twelve Points, too, I would obviously say).

We are in our current situation, in America, for a couple of reasons: First, the Constitution's language is very clear, for the most part, but not even the Constitution is so clear that the people who violate it cannot pretend that they are following it.  This is a weakness in language (and in people), not in the Constitution itself.  No wording could have been precise enough to prevent this.  To restore the Constitution and the rule of law, though, it is a problem that needs to be solved -- it is what the textualism/original intent v. "living document" issue is all about.  As a practical matter, it will require some sort of communication (such as the Mount Vernon Statement), or many communications, to get us back into compliance with the Constitution.

Second, as the Founders themselves recognized, not even the Constitution can hold back tyrants (or other evils) if too many of us want one or will not properly guard against one, and if too many of us are irresponsible in our own lives, no constitution could take us and shape us into a "great society."  We have the greatest Constitution, but it has not done all of our work for us.

The Constitution leaves us responsibilities that could never be fully defined by law.  It is our responsibility to see to it that the Constitution is interpreted honestly and applied faithfully, and it is, of course, our responsibility to live our own lives well.  To accomplish all of this, we will need to communicate with each other, sometimes through a Sharon Statement or a Mount Vernon Statement (or the Twelve Points).  If we want to live under the Constitution, we need to help enough of our fellow Americans to get this right!