Independence Day last weekend brought mixed emotions to many Americans, after a devastating year of losses, fear and violent political divisions. Oscar-winning actor and possibly Texas gubernatorial candidate Matthew McConaughey had a few choice words to describe the State of the Union on July 4, Sunday. The biggest takeaway from her Instagram video was her characterization of America as “going through puberty,” but the post was chock-full of other interesting information.
Dressed in a stylish pair of aviator sunglasses, the actor addressed the camera directly, aptly describing “last year’s trip around the sun” as a “head scratcher.” He continued, “We’re basically going through puberty compared to other country’s calendars, and we’re going to go through growing pains…. We have to keep learning, we have to keep maturing, we” We have to keep on we strive, we must continue to climb, we must continue to build. And we have to make sure that we stay hopeful along the way, as we continue to evolve. “He finally concluded his remarks with a simple,” Happy birthday, live on. “
Comments about “puberty” have since gone viral and raised eyebrows, although they actually make sense in context – we speak of US history as if the War of Independence had taken place. place thousands of years ago, when it all happened. not quite 250 years ago. America is a fairly young country, in context.
But one particular reason McConaughey’s remarks have received so much attention is his highly speculated potential bid for governor of Texas to overthrow Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in next year’s election. McConaughey first said he was seriously considering running in March this year, after several months of flirting with the idea. The polls currently have the actor and Abbott neck and neck. A poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler found 39% of registered voters in the state support Abbott, while 38% say they would support McConaughey. An April poll found that 45% of registered voters polled would support McConaughey, while only 33% would vote for Abbott.
If McConaughey officially enters the race and wins in an upheaval, it would be difficult to do more harm to the state than Abbott, whose flagship reel includes the opening of the state as the pandemic continues to rage, without taking action beyond blaming climate justice activists when a catastrophic freeze hit and disrupted the power grid, and enacted the toughest abortion ban law in the country. Yet McConaughey himself doesn’t have a brilliant political record, mainly because he doesn’t really have one.
State ballot records uncovered by the Texas Tribune revealed that McConaughey had not voted in the Texas primary since 2012. He also did not say whether he would run as a Republican, Democrat, or Independent. and his comments – and his lack of political campaign contributions – give little indication of his position either. And, of course, it may seem that a centrist-friendly independent might have better luck in a state like Texas than a flamboyant Liberal candidate, but if McConaughey is serious about the race, he’ll have to give a political stance. or two, at some point, and actually make a case for exactly what he would do that would make the lives of Texans better than Abbott.
The only clues the actor has given about his standing on the political spectrum come from an interview he gave Russell Brand in December. In the interview, McConaughey challenged his fellow Americans to try to be “aggressively [centrist]”and criticized the left for saying that it” is condescending, condescending and arrogant towards that other 50 percent. “This is a common criticism of leftist politics, and people of all political affiliations could stand up to make their jobs more accessible. But it’s hard to see the left as the elitist when the strike line on the right since 2018 is that Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was once a bartender and is therefore illiterate.
McConaughey would hardly be the first artist to make the transition to politics, for fear of forgetting our former chief host of the reality show. Beyond him we’ve seen Ronald Reagan take on the role as well, Arnold Schwarzenegger become Governor of California, Al Franken become US Senator representing Minnesota, and of course we constantly hear about a possible run for Dwayne “The Rock. Johnson (who provides the interview setting for his NBC sitcom “Young Rock.”). Not all famous political leaders will necessarily be as dire as 45 (historians say four are worse), and it’s not necessarily a bad thing to show ordinary Americans that they don’t need a Complete political CV to stand for election. But in McConaughey’s case, it would help to at least know where he stands on the issues – or, hey, if he’s even going to show up!
Either way, McConaughey has yet to declare, and time is running out with the Texas gubernatorial election just over a year away. But if he continues with the viral comments about America’s “puberty” experience, we can expect to see and hear a lot more about him.