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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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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2010

Reagan


This is a well-known quote from President Reagan, but it isn't always quoted at length, and the source is not always given.  I remember even finding people online who questioned whether President Reagan ever said it.  (I found it on page 38 of "A Time For Choosing," a book published by Regnery Gateway in the early 1980s.)

"In this land occurred the only true revolution in man's history.  All other revolutions simply exchanged one set of rulers for another.  Here for the first time the Founding Fathers--that little band of men so advanced beyond their time that the world has never seen their like since--evolved a government based on the idea that you and I have God-given right and ability within ourselves to determine our own destiny.  Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction--we didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States when men were free."

Reagan said something similar when he was inaugurated as Governor of California:

"Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative.  Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.  Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.  Knowing this, it is hard to explain those who even today would question the people's capacity for self-rule.  Will they answer this: if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"