Matthew McConaughey has hinted that he would be operating on a “centrist” platform, if he followed his recent statements to make a bid for Texas governor. Matthew McConaughey is looking for an office in his home state to make changes in the things around him that he thinks should be re-evaluated. He has his eye on the 2022 gubernatorial election, which would see incumbent Greg Abbott for two terms.
While he hasn’t made it official yet, McConaughey also hasn’t stated whether he would run as a Democrat, Republican or Independent candidate. In his last interview on the ‘Commune’ podcast, he seemed to be embracing a ‘centrist’ platform when he talked about the divisions in politics. Although he had a reputation in the past for having a looser way of life, the public has come to know him as more of everyone’s man.
“We’re all a lot more centrist than we think we are,” McConaughey said. “We’ve got the numbers… We’re running the ship. Now there’s a couple of militia pirate groups coming out on the far right and far left and we’re told they’re the absolute bogeyman and we’d better be scared… Let’s them kick off the boat. Don’t let them get on board.”
When asked if he thought the country could be united amid overwhelming divisions, he had this to say. “I don’t think it’s a policy that changes us. I really believe in the ability for each of us individually to take more responsibility for ourselves. I understand why sometimes we don’t. I understand why sometimes I don’t -the sacrifices that can take…”
He wants to share his optimism and the real chance of that, “bigger, shinier proverbial pot of gold that we get with some understanding of delayed gratification – selfish for ourselves, and at the same time for others. There is so much more that unites us.”
“Our confidence gauge … is at an all-time low in America,” McConaughey added. “We don’t trust each other… We have become so individualistic that we have corrupted the idea of American individualism, because it is still the United States of America. When we talk about the United States, the land of the free and chance , I think that’s a hyperbolic kind of one-liner right now.”
“Everyone has been in a family,” he said. “There are rules in a family, there are things we have to follow in a family. Can you just become villains in your own family? No. You have different chores you have to do, you have different things you have to do it, you you have to listen to mom and dad, you have to take care of your brothers. You don’t always have to get along, but we all have responsibilities within this family … We struggle to look outside our immediate demographics and geography.”
The polls are surprisingly close, but we’ve seen almost all kinds of entertainers succeed in politics. We had professional wrestler Jesse Ventura as governor of Minnesota, Austrian-American actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California, SNL alum Al Franken as Minnesota senator, and who can forget Ronald Reagan who won California governor and then became president! I wonder what McConaughey’s campaign song would be? My choice? Foghat’s ‘Slow Ride’. Slow ride… take it easy. I can feel you grooving.