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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OCTOBER 16, 2009


Is it possible that much of what divides these conservative factions is nothing more than blindness -- a heightened focus on one or two conservative principles (or parts of them, or variations on them) that causes a conservative to overlook the remaining principles?

Many "conservatives" do not seem to have been properly familiarized with all of our principles in the first place. The situation, however, is not irremediable. Conservatives, regardless of which of the principles they favor, are already predisposed to understand and appreciate the rest. We can show our fellow conservatives that each of these principles is best served when all of the principles are given attention. Additionally, we can remind them of related considerations that are helpful in properly understanding and implementing those principles.

To unify conservatives, we will not abandon our principles. Instead, we will remember our principles, return lost truths to popular circulation, and continue to develop and build on this solid foundation.

(What are those principles? They are stated at length in the Twelve Points.)