Monday, June 26, 2017

In a first, Texas Boys State votes to secede from Union

The Texas secession movement — in which separatists advocate, sometimes violently, that the Lone Star State should become an independent country — has been around in some form or another for about 150 years. Though it appears to have gained some traction recently, the secession movement is still widely regarded as a fringe effort that can claim no real victories and would never pass legal muster. But it recently got a boost from some unlikely supporters: a contingent of high school boys. Earlier this month, a secession bill won overwhelming support from the mock legislature in Texas Boys State, the American Legion’s summer program where youth leaders create and run their own government, as the Wise County Messenger reported Saturday. The vote, held June 15, marked the first time in the nearly 80 years since the program’s inception in Texas that both chambers of the Texas Boys State legislature voted in favor of seceding from the Union.

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