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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Among other things

Among other purposes of the Twelve Points, which I have discussed thoroughly on this blog over the past eleven months, one of the design concepts of the Twelve Points involved the recognition that the ideas that we, as conservatives, need to know and understand are not limited to those that distinguish us from liberals and/or other non-conservatives.  It would be surprising, amazing, and terrible if it were true that liberals understand nothing whatsoever about America's greatest traditions or about good government.  As stunning as some of their deficits are, it simply is not true that they understand nothing.

Also, as difficult as it may be for some supposed "conservatives" to admit it (many of this kind can be found having internet "flame wars" in the comments under online news articles), there are even times when liberals and conservatives should agree with each other.  If we really intend to serve as the conservators of the American Revolution, we will need to know far more than simply the conservative position on those parts of America's intellectual and cultural heritage that they actively challenge.  The conservative movement cannot be what America needs us to be so long as we define ourselves primarily in relation to the liberals.  The Twelve Points were written with a recognition of this fact.