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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The Idea of Conservatism, Which I Believe Is Well-Expressed by the Twelve Points, Too

I am about to post this as part of a response to one of the posts on the Mount Vernon Statement at the Heritage Foundation's "The Foundry" blog:

Concerning his first three criticisms (slavery, witch-burnings, and lynchings), though, I would like to acknowledge one thing: the purpose of our conservatism is not to return us altogether to the ways of another year or era, believing that year or era to be better than the present.  The Conservative Idea is to collect and value the lessons from throughout history, through the time of the American Revolution but also through the present, refusing to discard the best ideas and traditions simply because they came from an imperfect society or distant time, or because they would obstruct a self-important, ideological, hubristic modern conception of "progress."  It is not progress to make our changes by abandoning the most important advancements in the history of humanity, taking little interest in what their purpose ever was, or else casually dismissing the idea that they even had one.