Texan First, American Second: Understanding the Roots of Texit

After the research, it was discovered that 26 percent of the residents put the identity of Texans before the American identity

by Sededin Dedovic
Texan First, American Second: Understanding the Roots of Texit
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A poll conducted this month by the Texas Politics Project highlighted an interesting dynamic within the state of Texas. According to the survey, 26 percent of respondents expressed their belief that they are Texans first and Americans second.

The discovery sheds light on the deep-rooted sense of identity that exists at the heart of Texas society. Once an independent state, Texas has maintained its uniqueness and pride in its history. The idea of regaining that status as an independent state is not new, but it has recently intensified, especially with the movement known as "Texit", which advocates secession from the United States of America.

This movement, inspired by Brexit, believes that such a move would help solve the issue of the migrant crisis at the border and the conflict with Washington over the control of the border with Mexico. Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, believes it's time for Texas to take its destiny into its own hands.

According to him, the only way for Texas to ensure a secure border and immigration system is to become an independent nation, similar to 200 other countries around the world. Although Texas' history is deeply rooted in American history, Texit advocates point out that the federal government is not dealing with the problems Texas is currently experiencing.

This is especially pronounced in the context of the migrant crisis at the border and the disagreement regarding solutions between the state of Texas and Washington. It is important to note that the roots of Texas independence are old and go deep into the past.

Texas was part of Mexico until the Texas Revolution in the 19th century, after which it became a sovereign state in 1836. Nine years later, it joined the United States of America as the 28th state. However, the Texit idea faces obstacles.

According to the US Constitution, states do not have the right to secede. The memory of the Civil War, which spread bloody traces across American history, reminds us of the consequences of such secession attempts. The poll also shows that a majority of Texans (67 percent) want the state to remain part of the United States.

This indicates the complexity of political views within the state of Texas and the diversity of opinion among its population. Although some hope that Texit could be carried out peacefully, most experts believe that this is unlikely. The American government would not calmly accept the secession of one of its largest states.