The Husband, Father, Actor, Minister of Culture, Professor, Creative Director, Pickle Expert, the great Matthew McConaughey, will NOT be adding gubernatorial candidate to his ever-growing list of titles.
McConaughey made the announcement today, stating that, for right now, he is declining to seek public office.
“As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership.
It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”
He added that instead, he’ll looking to continue to invest his time and money with the leaders that are actively working to bring about a positive change in their communities:
“I’m going to continue to work and invest the bounty I have by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that I’ve believe are leaders.
Establishments that I believe are creating pathways for people to succeed in life, organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity. That’s the American dream.”
Matthew McConaughey had been seriously considering running for governor of Texas, and maybe someday he will run, but recent recent polls even showed that he had a pretty good chance at winning.
However, it seems like McConaughey knows what most of us already know… politics is a busted system. He could probably do more to help people, and bring them together, outside of it.
In a new interview with the New York Times, McConaughey laid it all out there, speaking more candidly about politics than he probably ever has.
And once again, he challenged us all to get aggressively centric.
When it comes to even the term “politics” and the possibility of McConaughey actually running for the Governor of Texas, it all comes down to redefining what that even means:
“I mean, please, help… I’d love to hear some definitions. I’m working on what I’m trying to understand politics to be. I think we’ve got to redefine politics.
If each party’s only about preservation of party, well, I’m almost arguing that’s undemocratic. If you’re only there to, by hook or by crook, preserve your party, you’re leaving out 50 percent of the people. So I think politics needs a redefining.
Look, are the parties so extreme right now that they’re going to walk their way into extinction? I don’t know. What I fear is, you know, great nations aren’t taken over from the outside. They implode.
Civil war— that’s the big fear for me for the country, is this path we’re going. It’s not constructive. I don’t see the way out right now through politics.”
But for McConaughey, the very reason he should stay away from politics is also the very same reason that he should get involved:
“One side of the argument is, ‘McConaughey, exactly. That’s why you need to go get in there.’ The other side is, ‘pfft, that’s a bag of rats, man. Don’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.’”
And as far as a party? Well, McConaughey isn’t playing for either team:
“I think people want a third party and we’ve got one and it doesn’t have a name right now and it is the majority. I’m hesitant to throw labels.
You throw a third party and make it— give it a name, it all of a sudden becomes something that is divisive. But there is a sleeping giant right now. And it’s the majority.
Third party, centrist… I think it’s necessary to be aggressively centric to possibly salvage democracy in America right now.”