A freedom agenda for North Carolina
RALEIGH — If your tenure in our state stretches back no further than the early 1980s, you may not be aware of the fact North Carolina’s license plates used to say “First in Freedom” rather than “First in Flight.” So you may not fully appreciate why we chose the title First in Freedom for the John Locke Foundation’s just-published book of policy ideas for the new administration and legislature in Raleigh.
The state’s freedom-themed license plate was first issued in 1975, as the nation was preparing to celebrate the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence. It commemorated North Carolina’s early role in the American Revolution.
In May 1775, a group of Mecklenburg County leaders met in Charlotte to fashion a response to escalating tensions with Britain. As they gathered, news arrived ...