The passing of the legendary actress, Debbie Reynolds, coming one day after she lost her lovely daughter, Carrie Fisher, prompted me to watch the YouTube clip of Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain.” The scene is one of the all-time Hollywood classics, maybe the best song-and-dance take in cinema history.
But the scene calls to mind a far deeper meaning than the genius of Gene Kelly and his gloriously uplifting scene upon finding his true love in the character played by Debbie Reynolds.
The scene completely epitomizes the optimism and forward-looking nature of the American mindset. Americans have always been singin’ in the rain, come what may. Despite wars, poverty, and the grinding, daily propaganda we’re fed that we’re doomed to a of life of penury and poverty of spirit, Americans continue singin’ in the rain.
And that’s what drives our enemies, foreign and domestic, nuts—whether it’s Islamic terrorists or the sushi-loving coastal elites that lie awake at night thinking that someone, somewhere just might be happy.
Do you ever see Islamists singin’ in the rain? No, but it’s not because they haven’t any rain, it’s because they have nothing to sing about.
Like Gene Kelly, Americans have always been singin’ and dancin’ in the rain—because they’ve earned it—with their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. And generations of hard work and resolute determination in the face of whatever misfortune fate may deal us. Americans either defeat adversity or suck it up—while singin’ and dancin’ in the rain.
There was a time when Hollywood reflected American values. Unlike now, where Hollywood attempts to impose its values on the gullible viewing public. Today, nearly every movie addresses the dark side of human nature, or some social justice narrative, with an anti-hero posing as a hero. Movies used to entertain; now they preach.
It’s raining now where I live. Does that pretty often. And so tonight, in honor of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and the American spirit of optimism, I’m going to play that clip over and over—and just keep singin’ and dancin’ in the rain. I invite you to do the same. To paraphrase another American classic, life demands we fall asleep counting our blessings instead of sheep. A/D