Independent of Liberals

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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Among other things

Among other purposes of the Twelve Points, which I have discussed thoroughly on this blog over the past eleven months, one of the design concepts of the Twelve Points involved the recognition that the ideas that we, as conservatives, need to know and understand are not limited to those that distinguish us from liberals and/or other non-conservatives.  It would be surprising, amazing, and terrible if it were true that liberals understand nothing whatsoever about America's greatest traditions or about good government.  As stunning as some of their deficits are, it simply is not true that they understand nothing.

Also, as difficult as it may be for some supposed "conservatives" to admit it (many of this kind can be found having internet "flame wars" in the comments under online news articles), there are even times when liberals and conservatives should agree with each other.  If we really intend to serve as the conservators of the American Revolution, we will need to know far more than simply the conservative position on those parts of America's intellectual and cultural heritage that they actively challenge.  The conservative movement cannot be what America needs us to be so long as we define ourselves primarily in relation to the liberals.  The Twelve Points were written with a recognition of this fact.