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Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey briefly channeled his signature character Wooderson from “Dazed and Confused” on Sunday while voicing Independence Day wishes on social media, saying America was “basically going through puberty” compared to to other nations.
“Happy birthday, America. Yes indeed, ”the“ Dallas Buyers Club ”star exclaimed at the start of a two-and-a-half-minute video posted to Twitter.
“As we celebrate our independence today, as we celebrate our birth as a nation, the day that sparked a revolution to conquer our sovereignty, let’s admit that this past year, this journey around the sun, has also been a another puzzle, ”added McConaughey, apparently referring to the social and political upheavals that have marked 2020, as well as the devastating coronavirus pandemic.
“But let’s also remember that we are babies as a country,” the actor continued. “We’re basically going through puberty compared to the timeline of other countries, and we’re going to go through growing pains. We are going through growing pains. It’s not an excuse, it’s just reality, and that’s good, because we have to keep learning, we have to keep maturing, we have to keep striving, we have to keep climbing, we have to continue to build. And we have to make sure that we keep our hopes up along the way, as we continue to evolve.
“Why?” continued the actor. “Because that’s what we are. Why? Because the alternative is zero.
Later in his post, McConaughey described America and American citizens as “an aspiration.”
“We’re constantly on the move, we’re on the right track, trying to be wiser, trying to be braver, trying to dream more, trying to do more, trying to be fairer, to take the lead. the right kind of responsibilities, to earn the right kind of freedoms, and we have to continue to realize that we are a place where our individual activities and desires are to be grateful for and support our collective responsibilities as Americans, ”he said. he said, “Hence the United States of America. Of course we are each unique. We are each independent. We each have innate abilities that others do not have, as persons and as individuals. “States. But at the same time, we’re all in the same boat, and if you don’t buy that, move on. Go somewhere else.”
“So as we celebrate red, white and blue this weekend, let’s be sure and think about just a minute, do a little inventory of where we came from, where we are and how and where we want to go from. from here on the way to being the best it can be, “McConaughey concluded.” Now what if that was a song and each of us was like, ‘I can’t not sing this song’? I want to be a little better, you wanna be a little better. Let’s be on track to be the best we can be. Let’s make it a song that we can’t help but sing. Why? Because that’s who we are. It’s who we need to be, and again, the alternative sucks.
“Let’s rock, America. Happy birthday, live on. We will meet over there.”
If the message sounded like a call to unity distinctly from McConaughey, it might not have been an accident. The actor has publicly considered running for governor of Texas next year, and a new poll shows that may not be a far-fetched ambition.
A new Texas-registered voters poll from the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler released on Sunday showed McConaughey and incumbent Governor Greg Abbott to be statistically tied, with Abbott receiving 39% support, McConaughey 38% and 23% of respondents saying they would vote for someone else.
In contrast, the poll showed Abbott had a 12 percentage point lead over former U.S. and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who also considered challenging Abbott in 2022.