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About

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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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010

Americans Still Have Responsibilities Under The Constitution


And now, I am about to post this as a comment under a different post on the Heritage Foundation's "The Foundry" blog:

I certainly agree that the Constitution is an amazing document, and I agree that it is our guide and the Supreme Law of the Land, but I do not agree with the comments (or the widely-circulated blog post by Michelle Malkin, last week) that the Constitution is the only guide that we need.  The Constitution ought to be followed inviolably, but even if it were, it would still leave a significant role for the Mount Vernon Statement (and the Twelve Points, too, I would obviously say).

We are in our current situation, in America, for a couple of reasons: First, the Constitution's language is very clear, for the most part, but not even the Constitution is so clear that the people who violate it cannot pretend that they are following it.  This is a weakness in language (and in people), not in the Constitution itself.  No wording could have been precise enough to prevent this.  To restore the Constitution and the rule of law, though, it is a problem that needs to be solved -- it is what the textualism/original intent v. "living document" issue is all about.  As a practical matter, it will require some sort of communication (such as the Mount Vernon Statement), or many communications, to get us back into compliance with the Constitution.

Second, as the Founders themselves recognized, not even the Constitution can hold back tyrants (or other evils) if too many of us want one or will not properly guard against one, and if too many of us are irresponsible in our own lives, no constitution could take us and shape us into a "great society."  We have the greatest Constitution, but it has not done all of our work for us.

The Constitution leaves us responsibilities that could never be fully defined by law.  It is our responsibility to see to it that the Constitution is interpreted honestly and applied faithfully, and it is, of course, our responsibility to live our own lives well.  To accomplish all of this, we will need to communicate with each other, sometimes through a Sharon Statement or a Mount Vernon Statement (or the Twelve Points).  If we want to live under the Constitution, we need to help enough of our fellow Americans to get this right!