Texas Boy State, a mock legislature for high school boys started in 1935 by the American Legion, voted this month to secede from the U.S. for the first time ever.
On June 15th, both chambers of the 1,100 high school students in the mock legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of leaving the Union, reported The Washington Post.
Students were divided into two political parties, nationalist and federalist, with the latter proposing the secession bill. The bill borrowed language from both the current minority secessionist movement engulfed in Texas politics as well as the Declaration of Independence.
Being apart of Texas Boys State was a great honor, super thankful to have been apart of the senate and get to contribute to what is below pic.twitter.com/7fvmzgJSRb— Christian Goodson (@crgoodson18) June 16, 2017
“It is the common belief of this Congress and its constituents that our Republic stands to lose in its relationship with the United States,” the mock bill stated. “Texas and her peoples formally recognize and thank our neighbor the United States for her grace and mercy upon our Republic in her time of need. However, we cannot in good conscience continue this tie with our former Mother country. For God and Country, The Republic of Texas hereby Declares her Independence.”
The bill passed overwhelmingly in the State House and had only one opponent in the State Senate.
While the vote may seem like just a bunch of teenagers acting in defiance of “the man,” there seems to be a cultural shift in the West and America where breaking apart from one another isn’t considered that crazy of an idea.
In Europe, older millennials and Gen-Xers in Scotland voted overwhelmingly to break apart from Great Britain. As recently as 2012, pollsters showed that 60 percent of young people in Catalonia favored seceding from Spain.
Several recent polls have also shown that about a third of the population of California support secession. The movement, dubbed #Calexit, is led by young liberal supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton who were disappointed by the election results.
Even if it may never happen, talking about breaking apart is much more common among millennials than amongst boomers.