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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Ensure Understanding of Conservative Principles, Before the End

For those who spend a good deal of their time interacting with some of the more prominent or otherwise distinguished members of the conservative community, it may seem as though conservative principles and the conservative philosophy are well-understood throughout the conservative community and the conservative movement. Such people (distinguished conservatives) have doubtlessly given these ideas a good deal of thought, and they may have been selected in some way for the fact that they have not ultimately formed absurd, unfounded, or shockingly unjust beliefs. Dealing with them tends to make it appear that the conservative community is in great shape, and that we do indeed have our "intellectual house in order."

Unfortunately, such people evidently are not a representative cross-section of the conservative community as a whole, and I have serious doubts about whether they are representative of conservative politicians. On the internet, which admittedly may itself not be an entirely representative cross-section of the conservative community, the failure of many people to have mastered conservative principles and conservative wisdom is more than apparent; however, it would be more difficult to draw this information together in any sort of statistical form than it would be to stagger the audience with a profusion of anecdotal evidence. To be satisfied that what I claim is true, it would be necessary for the audience to explore the facts for itself.

I invite the audience to do so. Read the comments under any newspaper article on a controversial topic. Read the comments under Facebook posts on the pages of the Heritage Foundation or the American Conservative Union, where one would expect that even the readers would have a mastery of conservatism and sound critical thinking habits. It should not take a long time to get a sense of the problem that I have so often argued needs to be addressed and solved.

The Twelve Points, delivering this information in a concentrated yet high-quality format, in the form of a statement of conservative principles, are one possible way of addressing the problem. With the right kind of support, these simply-phrased but well thought through, well-tested statements can bring a firm understanding of conservatism and conservative principles to everyone who we need to reach, and to everyone who will listen.

If there is a better way to deliver these ideas, I am interested in pursuing that option as well, but leaving our fellow Americans in the dark, or leaving them to rely on scattered, over-simplified, low-quality sources on our philosophy is not an option.