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McConaughey Hits Illiberals

He has some valuable things to say

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Actor Matthew McConaughey is no airhead leftist. In an overseas interview he spoke eloquently on the current social and political schism in America.

FNC: “Matthew McConaughey spoke out once again on the political divide in America as well as cancel culture and the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ actor made waves last week when he appeared on Russell Brand’s podcast to discuss what he sees as the hypocrisy of asking conservatives to rally behind President-elect Joe Biden after four years of animosity toward President Donald Trump and his supporters…Appearing virtually on Tuesday’s episode of ‘Good Morning Britain,’ the star elaborated on his comments, noting that neither liberals nor conservatives are to blame for the country’s deep political divide, but rather extremists on both sides of the aisle.”

“You need liberals. What I don’t think we need is the illiberals. And what I don’t think that some liberals see is that they’re often being cannibalized by the illiberals,” McConaughey explained. “Now there are extremes on both sides that I think are unfair, that I don’t think are the right place to be. The extreme left and the extreme right completely illegitimize the other side, the liberal and conservative side, which we need in certain places. The two extremes illegitimize those two sides. Or they exaggerate that side’s stance into an irrational state that makes no sense and that’s not fair when either side does that.”

“Where the waterline is going to land on this freedom of speech and what we allow and what we don’t and where this cancel culture goes, where that waterline lands is a very interesting place that we are engaged in right now as a society that we’re trying to figure out because we haven’t found the right spot,” said McConaughey.

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“You’ve got to have confrontation to have unity. That’s when a democracy works really well…I would argue we don’t have true confrontation right now, confrontation that gives some validation and legitimizes the opposing point of view. We don’t give a legitimacy or validation to an opposing point of view, we make it persona non grata.”

On the social scene in America due to the virus? “Limbo is the hardest part,” he said. “I think we all do better when we have a definitive yes or no or an understanding of when the ending is going to be of something, of some crisis. We haven’t had that for some time. So, it’s been sort of a one-way ticket to limbo…Quite a few of us get that, what I call, anticipation fatigue. For the last eight months every night many people are going to bed thinking ‘maybe tomorrow it’s over’ and then the next day they’re let down, then they do it again, and they’re let down. Then you’re burning 30% or 40% of your energy because you’re thinking it may be over soon. It does look like we’ve got a way out of it now.” Wise words. A Republican political future for McConaughey? That would be very interesting.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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