Definitive Statement of Conservative Principles

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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The Purpose of the Twelve Points as a Definitive Statement of Conservative Principles

I am preparing for an attempt to set up a petition feature on this site, which will finally allow supporters of the Twelve Points to sign the document.  In the course of this preparation, I have written a few sentences that explain very effectively why the American conservative movement needs the Twelve Points as its definitive statement of conservative principles -- and why adopting the Twelve Points as a definitive statement of principles can actually be expected to work:

Many Americans, including many professed conservatives, do not have a clear, meaningfully detailed understanding of the conservative philosophy. This has resulted in practical difficulties, including political challenges, in implementing conservative reforms in the United States. The Twelve Points are an attempt to solve this problem, both by allowing conservatives to reaffirm details of the conservative philosophy and by helping to give those details a higher profile.

The desired outcome is first to demonstrate conclusively that American conservatives understand and support certain inconspicuous but important aspects of the conservative philosophy, and then second to use that evidence in continuing to spread this information.

We hope to influence our fellow conservatives, particularly other American conservatives, but also people of other political labels who share our philosophy of individual liberty and rights, personal responsibility, and constitutionalism, a philosophy that is set forth in greater detail in the text of the Twelve Points.

It is intended that the Twelve Points will be well-established within a year or two, but we will continue to promote them as long as they continue to be necessary and relevant.