Guest Saturday with A Conservative Teacher

The following article was originally published by A Conservative Teacher on  Friday, August 19, 2011.


Obama’s Belief in ‘Bad Luck’ Part of What Religion Exactly?


“We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again,” Obama told a crowd in Decorah, Iowa.  “But over the last six months we’ve had a run of bad luck.”

If bad luck is the reason that our nation has struggled lately, I wondered to myself just what exactly our President and Commander-in-Chief was doing to combat this reason spate of bad luck.

Never in my knowledge has any other President had to battle ‘bad luck’ before- a google search of past Presidents’ speeches did not turn up any results of past Presidents, whether they were Republican like George W Bush or Ronald Reagan or Democrats like Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter, ever blaming ‘bad luck’ for the problems that the United States faced. Perhaps it was because these past Presidents were religious people, who did not believe in paganism and ‘luck’ so much as the divine will of God and his plan.

To combat a run of ‘bad luck’, past Presidents like George W Bush turned to prayer and Bill Clinton took to reading Scripture, but it appears from President Obama’s speeches and comments that he has decided not to talk to God or read God’s word to turn around the run of bad luck, but rather bemoan the run of ‘bad luck’ and sing ‘woe to me’.

Although in our nation we do have a separation of church and state, that does not mean that there is a separation in our nation between those who believe in a higher power and those who serve in our political institutions. For most of our nation’s history, our leaders on both side of the political spectrum have been religious and have prayed and read the word of God and saw in the actions of the world God.

President Bush often said that “these are trying times” when our nation faced tough circumstances like terrorist attacks, hurricanes, the total collapse of our banking system, a recession in 2001, or the difficult times of fighting two major wars against dedicated and evil groups. He did not say that our nation suffered through ‘bad luck’- he recognized that God’s plan and the free will of men sometimes tried our faith and offered a trial to our nation and its people, whether to fight harder for what is good and right or to not.

Bill Clinton, for all of his faults and failures, was well versed in the Bible and believed that he was doing his best to advance the values that he saw in it- love, hope, forgiveness, etc- and that when he faced trials, that those trials were presented to him by God or by those who freely choose to deny God, and that our nation would overcome those trials by sticking to our values and believing in God.

And yet, President Obama, who resigned from Trinity United Church of Christ after he judged that his affiliation with Jeremiah Wright would reflect badly on him politically, does not quote Scripture or talk about his time in prayer. So how exactly should Obama cope with this run of bad luck- an unaffiliated Christian who does not go to Church or regularly read the Bible or study theology of any sort of any religion?

At some point questions need to be asked about President Obama and his views on God and religion, and I don’t just mean the sort of ‘is he a Muslim’ kind of questions that will lead us nowhere. He does not appear to be a Muslim, and his connection to Christianity is either very very private and unmentioned or thin at best, and since he isn’t Buddhist or Jewish, one has to begin to wonder just what exactly does Obama see as the divine plan for our nation. I would suggest that Obama is atheist, but his reference to supernatural ‘luck’ does not fit with that theory either.

What are President Obama’s religious beliefs and what role does ‘luck’ play in his view of the universe?

UPDATE: Get out of my head Charles Krauthammer! For the record, I posted my post before he came out with his editorial today, but it is amazing that both of us arrived at the same thought days after the event and then posted about it. In his article called Bad luck? Bad faith? he goes a slightly different direction, but struggles like me with Obama’s comment about ‘luck’.

Via memeorandum.


17 thoughts on “Guest Saturday with A Conservative Teacher

  1. President Blame-Everything-But-Me is actually right about a couple things that could qualify as “bad luck”.

    The Japanese tsunami is estimated to have reduced overall world wide GDP by about a half of percent. The loss of about 2-3% in global oil supplies because of disruptions caused by the Arab Spring reduced the developed world’s purchasing power by about 1% this year.

    It is estimated that the oil supply shock will reduce U.S. GDP by 1.1% in the 1st half of 2011. That exacerbates a the situation and stalls our recovery.

    They seem small but magnify greatly in effect in a weakened world economy already overburdened with sovereign government debt.

    Bad luck isn’t the problem. Its more fundamental than that.

    The President errs…
    by suggesting “bad luck” is a major part of a no-so-bad problem.

    The President errs…
    when trivializing these things by calling then a “few headwinds”

    The President errs…
    denying his Administration’s policies culpability in our predicament.

    But where the President will err even more…
    is in September when he revives his same old $4 trillion debt reduction “plan” with front end debt loading to create jobs… probably in green technologies… and calling that a jobs plan.

    1. AZ, I totally agree with the second half of your comment. As to the effect of the tsunami, it was temporary. Japan has, as one would expect begun massive spending to rebuild. The effect of disruption to oil supplies I find hard for me to believe, no matter what expert source is reporting it. Living in an OPEC country, I know when one country, for whatever reason, can not met its quota, the other OPEC countries, as well as Russia and Mexico, are pretty darn quick about filling the gap.

  2. You are 100% correct that the tsunami effects are temporary; as is the oil price hike effects.

    But they are real and they are affecting the current world economy according to British economist Gavyn Davies whose figures I used above.

    You are also correct that other countries could fill in the vacuum in oil supplies but since they chose not to do so that is why prices went up and why the world’s buying power has been temporarily reduced by 1%. Though temporary, it has already happened.

    That all correctly figures into the “bad luck” excuse the President is using.

    Be that as it may, we don’t need any more reasons explaining why things are the way they are. We got more than enough of those.

    What we need are solutions to turn things around!

  3. My thought when I heard the “bad luck” comment was that it is childish. More blaming. Poor Obama… at the mercy of forces beyond his control. I cry BULLSHIT!

    Our bad luck begins with Obamacare causing confusion and consternation for businesses, not only in raising the costs of hiring, but also in wondering what the result will be of government taking on a huge new entitlement that is also a take-over of 1/6th of the economy. The stimulus was more bad luck, adding $800 billion in debt with no result whatsoever, other than keeping government enlarged beyond our means to pay for it and distorting markets by subsidizing not-ready-for-primetime green technologies. The bad luck rolled on with shutting down oil exploration and extraction. The “permitorium”, in defiance of court orders, continues this bad luck.

    Who can forget the unrelenting stream of bad luck that is the bloated regulatory regime, and the unelected regulatory agencies passing their own legislation in direct defiance of actual elected legislators.

    And it is extremely bad luck that a housing bubble was caused by Washington politicians (of both parties), but the really stinking bad luck can be found when Pres. Bush tried to warm of trouble at those repositories of miserable fortune, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but Democrats pulled the curtain closed and shouted that there was nothing to see there. And, in a continuing misfortune, they’re putting Fannie and Freddie up to it again, and have passed the extremely unlucky Dodd-Frank regulatory bill.

    I only hope that in the upcoming election we have people with the stones to look the president in the eye and tell him that he’s a whiny child, blaming everyone but himself and his policies for causing (CAUSING!!!!) this recession to extend longer than any recession since the Great Depression. It didn’t have to. If our supposedly smart president had studied just a tiny bit of economics, or had read a book by someone other than a leftist on the Depression, he might have realized that government is not that answer. It’s our bad luck that he was able to fools so many people into thinking he was actually smart, and mature.

      1. You wanna talk bad luck? Exxon discovered billions of barrels of oil in the Gulf. They asked for a short term suspension of activity to UPGRADE SAFETY (remember… all of this permitorium crap started because we didn’t want accidents on oil rigs). The regulators pulled 3 of Exxon’s 5 permits saying that this delay amounted to abandonment of the permits. So… billions of barrels of oil are not being accessed because Exxon paused to upgrade safety and the regulators used the pause as an excuse to pull the permits.

        It’s bad luck that the Obama regulatory regime is insane.

  4. I’m surprised that he didn’t say, as did the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca on the occasion of hundreds of Muslims getting trampled during the Hajj, “Nothing we could do. It was the will of Allah!”

  5. I’m beginning to wonder if he’s even from this planet. He must be a product of a nonsensical Liberal education system, kinda like some of our current public schools.

  6. obama knows he can’t blame the sun and moon anymore cos he’ll look like an incompetent fool, so now he’s trying ‘bad luck’. I hope people out there see him for the incompetent fool that he really is.

  7. Glenn Reynolds likes to quote Robert Heinlein regarding “bad luck”:

    “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
    This is known as ‘bad luck.'”

    Obama gas driven the people creating prosperity out of society. This is the source of his “bad luck”.

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