Matthew McConaughey fulfilled his promise a few days back and declared that he will run for Texas governor.
The Answer to His Question?
It’s not happening at the moment.
Actor Matthew McConaughey on Sunday shot down swirling speculation that he might launch a gubernatorial bid in his home state of Texas.
The “True Detective” star announced his decision to not enter the political arena in a video message posted to Twitter, saying he ultimately decided not to mount a challenge against GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
McConaughey uploaded a short video of three minutes to Twitter. This was thoughtful and very insightful. I wish that everyone considering running for office (or re-election), would take the time to consider whether they are ready to do so and decide if it is best to leave.
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) November 29, 2021
Over the past two years I’ve been working on the answers to the question of how I can be most useful in this life going forward. I am useful to me and my family. One category of service I’ve been exploring is politics. I’ve been considering a run for governor of Texas, and I’ve been listening, I’ve been learning, I’ve been measuring. I’ve been studying Texas politics and American politics. What have you learned from me? There are many things I have learned! We have problems we must fix. The need for a change in our political purpose. We have divisions that require healing. It is important to build trust in all aspects of our lives. And we got to start shining a light on our shared values, the ones that cross party lines, the ones that build bridges instead of burn ’em. That our children are our greatest asset, so hey, let’s be as good of parents as we can be.
It’s a warm up, but about as substantive as “Hope” and “Change.” Nobody’s falling for that anymore. But, the rest was quite meaty.
I’ve learned that freedom comes with responsibility, and that great leaders serve. No matter if you are a politician or a CEO, or a great quarterback. As a parent, wife, brother or friend, we serve one another by leading. Our service is our leadership.
Well, damn Matthew! That needs to be stitched on a canvas and put on every politician’s wall. McConaughey will make a real difference if that is his mindset, even if he decides to run for office.
What exactly is service? This is the act of taking on more responsibility now so we can enjoy greater freedom tomorrow. Serving others is choosing the best for us and you. It is an investment in yourself that we do. Can we see that serving others is a way to serve ourselves.?
McConaughey seems to have read Chapter 13 of the Gospel of John before making this video. He has captured some of the finer points of it.
Are we able to give more than what we take? Is it possible to expect more than what we get? Is there more to life than we feel we should? Are we able to give ourselves more reason to trust one another first and not last??
That’s the leadership that we need. That’s the investment in our state and in our country that we need. That’s the investment we need. It was a small town in Texas, and I never thought that one day, as a child, I might be eligible for leadership. It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. However, it is one that I refuse to follow at the moment..
This decision is right. Polling indicated that despite McConaughey’s name recognition and alternative creds, he still trailed behind Governor Greg Abbott; not because Abbott’s all that popular, but because he’s familiar. Unfortunately most people stay with the one they trust (See also:Recall California, Newsom and Gavin) than to take chances on some change. When going up against incumbents, this is something every candidate should consider. There are too many candidates who enter races with no clear strategies. Then there are those that stay too long at Fairs and don’t want to go.
McConaughey closes his message by outlining his plans for using the new knowledge and insight he has gained.
What will we do next? What are we going to do? My belief is that these establishments create pathways to success for all people. It is important to have organizations that are able to help and create trust while also creating wealth. That’s the American Dream! Politicians… the good ones can help us to get to where we need to go, yeah. But let’s be clear: They can’t do anything for us unless we choose to do for ourselves.
Boom! Whether McConaughey runs as a Democrat, Independent, or whatever, the fact that he is choosing to talk about self-reliance and values that matter will help cement him as a potential in people’s minds.
So, it’s the leaders and the servants out there, and the leader and servant in each one of us, Cheers to you! Here’s to the freedom to be you. I have the freedom to be myself. We are responsible for being ourselves. In the meantime, at all times and up until next time…
McConaughey concludes with an exclamation mark, just as he does every time. McConaughey must answer the following question:
Will he endorse Robert Francis O’Rourke or Gov. Greg Abbott?