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 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. 

The purpose of the Twelve Points is to serve as a delivery mechanism for distilled, concentrated conservative thinking, offered in order to return completeness and clarity to popular conservatism, to spread knowledge of the true principles of conservatism throughout the conservative community, and to focus and promote agreement among conservatives. 

Over the past two decades, the conservative movement has lost its uniting sense of direction, which has rendered it confused, frustrated, and impotent. Certain crucial conservative principles and concepts have faded from our common memory and lost their rightful influence and, consequently, our fellow conservatives (including conservative leaders) too often can no longer be relied upon to understand them, to be committed to them, or to apply and advance them in a coherent way. No conservative should be satisfied with the results that this has produced in American public policy. 

The Twelve Points will help to solve this problem, this statement of conservative principles being an instrument by which we may frequently recur to these fundamental principles and keep points of conservative thought freshly in our minds, teach conservative thought to the newer and younger conservatives, and provide all conservatives with a means of together affirming that, yes, we still care about these conservative principles, and conservative principles still define this movement. 

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Best of the Old Blog

The following are links to some of the most important posts from the older, blog version of this site:

The Theme

Why the Twelve Points are Needed


The Twelve Points are Unique

Conservatism: Many Principles, One Philosophy

Just the "Points"

Up to Speed

We Can Make This Happen

All the Pure, Concentrated Conservatism That Five Pages Can Hold

Origin of the Twelve Points

165 Sub-Points

No Ordinary Year

Misunderstandings Concerning the Conservative Position on the Judicial Branch

Small Government Conservatives and Conservative Principles Survived

Another Discussion of the Division of Conservatives

The First Point

The Idea of Conservatism

Americans Still Have Responsibilities Under The Constitution

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

They Are Not Conservatives

Definitive Statements of Conservative Principles: The Text, Not the Test

Helping to Confirm that "Social Conservatism" Used To Be Understood As Concerning a Broader Range of Issues

On the Twelve Points and Conservative Principles, One Year Later

The Only Statement of Conservative Principles We Need?

Just A Good Thing To Keep In Mind

On The Uses of A Bill of Rights

Links Relating to Freedom

Among Other Things

One of Many Questions

Educating Legislators


A Shared Feature

What Is Our Plan for Communicating Conservatism And Its Principles To New Conservatives?

Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address

Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address II

Ensure Understanding of Conservative Principles, Before The End