Matthew McConaughey: The Voice of Reason and Decency in Hollywood?

In the middle of a recent interview for his new movie Gold, actor Matthew McConaughey did something nearly unheard of from Hollywood: He spoke common sense about Trump.

He's our president. And it's very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we've ever had. At the same time, it's time for us to embrace, shake hands with this fact, and be constructive with him over the next four years.

Alright, alright, alright. Finally, someone speaking common sense from Hollywood.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: Let's go to the Matthew McConaughey audio. Do you still have that, Pat?

The Matthew McConaughey audio.

PAT: Get it in a minute.

GLENN: He was -- he was in the middle of an interview for a new movie that he's in. And if you don't have it, that's all right. We'll pick it up in a minute.

He was -- he started in on the situation we're in right now.

Did you guys take that as a slap in Hollywood's face, a slap on the back of Donald Trump, or did you just take that as, "Hey, I -- I think that maybe we should all as I remember down?"

Do you have it, Pat?

PAT: Yeah, I have it.

GLENN: Yeah, go ahead. Play it.

VOICE: Every single American actor or art-y type who comes over to London dumps on Trump. You all completely hate him.

Do you think it's time that maybe Hollywood and the culture elite of America gave this guy a break?

MATTHEW: Well, they don't have a choice now. He's our president. And it's very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we've ever had. At the same time, it's time for us to embrace, shake hands with this fact, and be constructive with him over the next four years.

So anyone -- even those who may strongly disagree with his principles or things he's said and done, which is another thing, we'll see what he does compared to what he had said -- no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it's time to think about how constructive can you be, because he's our president for the next four years, at least, president of the United States.

GLENN: Isn't that just common sense?

PAT: Yeah, I think so.

GLENN: You can even look at it and say, "Look, the guy wants a 1.1 -- or at least a 1 trillion-dollar stimulus package."

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Why would you be spitting on him when you know he punches back twice as hard, when you could get a lot of stuff done -- I'm not condoning this. This is not what I want. I don't want a $1.1 trillion stimulus package. But he does.

Why wouldn't you be embracing him, instead of marching in the streets? $1 trillion can make a lot of things happen.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Why wouldn't you on the left be going, "You know what, let's see where he's going?"

PAT: We could work with that.

GLENN: We could work with this.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Right. Think of this, this is a Republican president who proposed a 680 billion-dollar maternity leave and childhood program, okay?

And day one of his presidency, there is a Women's March against him for being, oh, so conservative.

GLENN: Isn't that amazing?

STU: Why wouldn't you instead -- and believe me, I'm glad they're not doing this because it might very well work. But if you were a liberal and wanted to actually get things done and get these big programs locked in for all eternity -- because when they come from Republicans, they will never go away -- you would be able to lock these things in forever, if you went to him and said, "You know what, we don't really like this immigration ban. But I don't even want to talk about that. Let's talk about your maternity leave program."

Because if you want to know the approach that's worked with Trump, as far as moving him to the left, it's not yelling at him and screaming at him. It's Ivanka and Jared Kushner's approach

GLENN: Nope.

Yes.

STU: They're both Democrats. I mean, she leans very left on social issues. And what have you seen? That proposal from point example one. Number two, all the executive orders that have come in and Trump has reversed. He didn't reverse the LGBTQIA ban --

GLENN: No.

STU: -- with executive order.

GLENN: He kept Obamacare.

STU: He codified it. So far, he has. But, I mean, we don't know what's going to happen with that when he's still --

GLENN: Well, he said yesterday that it would be at least a year before he'd get to that. The longer it drags out, the less that's coming out.

STU: But there's an approach that works with Trump, and it's working with him, as McConaughey is talking about.

There's actually ground to gain there for them. I hope they continue to protest them in the streets because I think it hardens Trump against those positions. So it's very good for us. So in a way, I really kind of hope they continue that.

GLENN: But it's really bad -- can I pick it up there? Because it's not very good for us. When I come back.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.