Actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey addressed the massacre in his hometown on social media on Wednesday.
On the heels of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, President Trump issued a lengthy address in which he apologized for the loss of life and challenged Americans to reassess their beliefs, saying “we have tragically proved that we are failing to be responsible for the privileges that freedoms afford us.”
There’s little doubt about it: “This is an epidemic that we can manage,” he wrote. No parent should go through what the Uvalde parents and those before them have gone through.
When asked about a possible run for governor of Texas in the past, McConaughey said nothing about his preferred political party. Earlier this year, he made the announcement that he would look into other avenues of public service as an alternative.
‘As a simple child born in Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership,’ McConaughey remarked at the time. “To ponder such a route is both humble and illuminating. At this time, I’m not interested in taking that route.”
It’s time to “renegotiate our wants and needs” and find a solution “above this awful reality that has regrettably become our children’s issue,” he wrote in a Wednesday morning blog post.
According to McConaughey, such tragedies shouldn’t be accepted as normal life in the world today. However, instead of asking for particular legislative reforms or gun control legislation, he advocated a more introspective approach:
“The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves: ‘What is it that we actually value? What can we do to remedy the situation? To ensure a healthy and safe nation, state and neighborhood in the future, what tiny sacrifices can we each make today?”
Here’s the Tweet by Matthew McConaughey
After months of hints and omissions, Matthew McConaughey has finally revealed his much-anticipated ambitions for the Texas governorship: he will not be running.
In a three-minute video broadcast to Twitter on Sunday night, the Oscar-winning actor and best-selling book revealed the news. Before vowing to be of service in different ways, he reflected on what he had learnt from studying Texas and American politics over the previous several years.
“It never occurred to me as a simple child born in the small hamlet of Uvalde, Texas, that I would one day be considered for political leadership,” McConaughey remarked. “It’s both humbling and encouraging to think about. It’s also a path I’m choosing to avoid right now.”
Here’s the Tweet by Matthew McConaughey
The announcement comes just over two weeks before the Texas primary candidate filing deadline.
McConaughey said he’s spent the last two years pondering how he might be of most benefit to himself, his family, and the greatest number of people, and that running for Texas governor is one option.
It was a highly public fact-finding effort. McConaughey spoke of leaving his choices open as recently as early October, telling NPR in a Twitter Spaces exchange that “I am not — until I am.”
He also didn’t say which political party he’d join, and he didn’t respond to listener questions about his views on hot-button subjects like the state’s stringent abortion law or Amazon workers’ attempts to organize. As NPR noted at the time, he did give some of his typical “bumper sticker” life lessons.
Similar cliches were peppered throughout McConaughey’s introduction video, as he expressed his take on the current political situation. These are some of them:
- “We have some problems we need to fix.”
- “Our politics need more purpose.”
- “We need more trust in our lives.”
- “Our children are our greatest asset.”
- “Freedom comes with responsibility.”
- “Great leaders serve.”
Whether they are politicians, CEOs, top athletes, teachers, or family members, he noted, people lead by serving one another. He explained, “Service is taking on responsibility today so that we can have more freedom tomorrow.” “Service is about making the best decision for you and me. Service is an investment in ourselves that we make.”
McConaughey stated that he intends to continue his efforts by investing in entrepreneurs, firms, and organizations that he considers to be leaders. He didn’t identify any specific groups, but said he’d concentrate on businesses that “are establishing pathways to help people achieve in life” and “have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity.”
He continued by adding that good politicians can help, but “they can’t do anything for us until we decide to do something for ourselves.”
McConaughey’s possible entry into the governor’s race drew national notice and widespread support, with some polling showing him ahead of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking a third term.
McConaughey has been under fire for statements he made earlier this month on the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for youngsters, claiming that he “couldn’t legislate having to vaccinate the younger kids.” He then clarified that he was speaking to children aged 5 to 11, and that his 13-year-old son was completely vaccinated, in an Instagram story.
In the Republican primary, Abbott will face a number of opponents. Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman and 2020 presidential candidate, was the first Democrat to enter the race earlier this month.