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, delivered in the form of a statement of conservative principles.
The idea for the Twelve Points, along with several of the points, came from the "Seven Points," an older statement of conservative principles, created by a group of young conservatives at Indiana University, in 2003: Grand Old Cause.
Notwithstanding the 2010 election results, the events of the past decade prove that the conservative movement has become confused and aimless. Certain essential conservative principles and considerations have faded from memory and lost their influence, and conservative leaders cannot be trusted to understand them or be committed to them. The Twelve Points will help to solve this problem, this statement of conservative principles being an instrument by which we may remind ourselves of points of conservative thought that we may not have considered recently, to teach conservative thought to new conservatives and young conservatives, and to provide conservatives with a means of affirming that, yes, we still care about these conservative principles, and conservative principles still define this movement.
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