What Is Our Plan?

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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What is our plan for communicating conservatism and its principles to new conservatives?

As conservatives, we ought to have some plan for communicating conservative principles -- in all the detail that is needed for them to be implemented and followed -- to the largest number of people possible. This should extend beyond conservatives alone, but the movement cannot succeed unless these ideas are well-known and understood within the conservative community itself.  When the movement's memory fails or its attention wavers, we lose.  (If we win, it would be by accident. How could we intentionally implement a program of conservative reform without remembering what we're doing, and why, and how, and what we need to avoid?)

In the conservative movement, right now, what is our plan for communicating all of these ideas? Do we have one?

There are organizations and people who are making valuable efforts to make these ideas known to conservatives, among others, but the Twelve Points distill and concentrate the conservative philosophy and state it clearly, concisely, and memorably. For the conservative movement to continue on without the Twelve Points would be like traveling across the country without a vehicle. It could be done, but it would take a longer time than necessary, it would be difficult, and there would be a substantial possibility that we would fail.

The answer is clear: read and re-read the Twelve Points.  Endorse the Twelve Points.  Spread the word!  Recent history makes it clear that we can no longer simply assume that other self-described "conservatives" agree with us; that they truly understand the Constitution, rather than simply using it as a slogan or rallying point; that they are as interested in freedom as they are in invoking its name; that they understand that morality and responsibility are not incompatible with freedom, unless they are made incompatible by people who understand neither morals nor liberty; and that the future of the conservative movement may depend upon our ability and willingness to give greater emphasis and care to applications of our principles that, though familiar to us, have not yet been given prominence.  If we want to be united and strong, and if we want conservatives to understand conservatism itself, we will have to make it so.  We need the Twelve Points.