Modern education according to Breaux

Breaux has not felt well for the past few weeks, but he’s back now.

Education?  Today?  This is a joke, right?

How can they call what is going on in public schools education.  These younguns can’t even read, write, and perform simple math.  That is the results of twelve years of public school?  Not very impressive, is it?

When I went to school the rules were simple.  You were expected to pass and graduate.  There were no excuses for failure, but if you did fail you were fixin’ to get a butt-whupping from your parents.

Our parents backed the teachers, and defended them against us.  We thought it was cruel.  Our parents made sure we were in school every day and only God could save you if you played “hooky”.  Death was the only excuse to miss school.  When you told your mother you felt bad and couldn’t go to school, she put you in bed.  No TV, no toys, no entertainment, no nothing.  If you were too sick to go to school, obviously you were too sick to do any of those other things.  You were kept home to be healed.

In school, we broke open thermometers with our teachers help, to play with the mercury and got lead off of construction sites to make balls for our slingshots (We actually called them something else back then).  There was lead paint in our houses but we weren’t allowed to chew on the window sills.  We usually had a full belly when we went to bed so we weren’t hungry.  Even if you did eat the paint, you lived through it.

Nowadays, youngsters learn how to use a computer at an early age.  That’s OK, but they don’t progress much further than that.  The computer gives them all of the answers they need.  They can read, but only short phrases and no books for sure.  They cannot add, subtract, multiply, or divide uaing a pencil.  When asked about this they will tell that they do not need to learn all of that stuff because they have a computer to tell them the answers.  What will they do when the power goes off????

They are not taught to think on their own.  Why should they watse all that time trying to figure something out when they can type a word into the computer and “Walla”, there’s the answer.  What will they do when the power goes off????

There is a problem with depending on the internet for all of your answers.  That is the fact that many things on the internet is just another persons’ opinion.

Oh yeah.  I almost forgot.  SAT tests.  When I was young, the only people who took the SAT test were the ones who were going to college.  They generally showed up a the nearest college and sat down with hundreds of other students and four hours later the instructor yelled, “Time”.  That was the signal to stop.  Guess what.  Very few people scored low on those tests.  They had no prep for the test and passed on what they had learned over the past 12 years. 

Now the high school students have practice tests before they have the real test.  The reason given for this method was “that it wasn’t fair to send those kids into the real world unprepared”.   What did they learn in 12 years?  Obviously, nothing.  What will do when the power goes off????

I have many friends who are teachers and they are very dedicated.  But their hands are tied and many times they cannot teach.  The administration makes the rules that the teachers have to abide by, or they will lose their jobs.  What will THEY do when the power goes off????

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America’s health according to Breaux

America’s health is declining.  Obesity and diabetes is rampant in America.  All the medical communbity is doing for these problems is prescribing more and more pills.   In other words, they are treating the symptoms and ignoring the real problem.  Breaux had his medical problems over the years, too.  When he was six years old, he swallowed a inner tube valve stem.  His mother hauled him to the local clinic and they diagnosed that the stem was in his intestines.  The doctor prescribed to eat a lot of bananas and bread, check his poop and it would pass in a couple of days.  That was simple.

That was 60+ years ago.  Today they would have called in a pediatrician, a internal medicine doctor, and a surgeon.  They would have cut a six year old boy open for no real reason at all.  There is no common sense involved in medicine any more. 

Most doctors believe that a pill will cure anything, but they are wrong.  Many problems later in life could have been avoided if the problem was treated early on . 

This is progress?  I guess it is if you think socialized medicine is the answer.

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Politics according to Breaux

Politics:  Poly=many, tics=blood-sucking insects.  A very applicable definition, for sure.

Politicians don’t think we can possibly survive without them.  Therefore they passed laws that enable professional welfare people to continue to receive benefits.  Women who have several illegitimate children for example.  They expect the freebies because they are entitled to it, they think.

Any person who needs assistance, whether it be from poor health or loss of income, should be able to get some help.  I don’t begrudge these people.

Welfare is the simplest form of socialism.

Welfare given to people for generations does not eccourage them to excell (why should they?)

Welfare is unfair to the hard-working taxpayers in America because our taxes are being used to encourage abuse.

Politicians look at it differently.  They don’t see professional welfare people.  They see votes.  They know these people will re-elect them to get even more freebies.  This ain’t rocket science, folks.

Years ago, you had to pay a poll tax to be able to vote.  Of course this has been tagged a “Jim Crow” law, but the fact is that many poor whites were not able to vote either.

But is it fair for the use of our taxes to be dictated by non-taxpayers?

Socialism is taking our nation over and will eventually destroy it.  Thewealthy have earned the right to their wealth although certain people that nobody made it on their owwn.  Quite obviously, those who say that probably didn’t make it on their own.

In conclusion, today’s politicians suck!!!!!

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Breaux’s point of view on today’s event

Breaux is an independent, self-governing person.  He lives by his gut feelings most of the time.

Breaux knows thatAmericais in a mess.  We do not have any leaders from the top down.  The agenda of the liberals is to turnAmericainto a third world country, governed by socialism.

Some people scoff at that, but the fact is that welfare, better known as entitlement programs, is the simplest form of socialism.  Many of the recipients have learned how to work the system and receive more benefits for nothing in return.

Breaux philosophy is that if you really need assistance, he will be first in line to help you.  A person receiving welfare should be ready and willing to have a drug test before receiving their benefit.  If they feel that to be unfair, then there probably wouldn’t pass the drug test.  The government should hold all welfare recipients responsible for their actions.  When a person applies for a job, they are required to take a drug test, so why should welfare recipients be excluded form that?  Obviously, there is no equality inAmerica.

This is what is going on inAmerica.  People who have never and will never work are being rewarded for their irresponsibility while the working middle class supports their lifestyle.

Why is it this way?  Our elected congressmen are spineless and greedy selfish bastards who only look out for themselves.  They do not represent the people who elected them.  If they did really want to represent the people then they would be the first to take a major cut in pay and benefits during this recession.  Breaux has had enough.

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10 book club questions

These are questions that can be discussed in groups. Different personalities will be reflected in these groups.

  1. Who is Breaux, really?
  2. Would Breaux be considered just another angry old man?
  3. Who or what is Breaux fighting against? Who do you think he is fighting?
  4. Can the government be trusted?
  5. Breaux and Hyatt worked together to overcome the onslaught of evil that they faced. Why didn’t they just give in and let the powers take control?
  6. Is there anything wrong with being self-sufficient and independent?
  7. Why did Breaux put so much emphasis on hard physical work?
  8. Did the Viet Nam era have any bearing on Breaux’s negative attitude towards the government?
  9. Was Breaux’s way of doing things contrary to his Christian faith?
  10. If Breaux had given in to the evil forces, would the outcome have been different?
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42 years of Research

A lot of research went into Breaux, AN American Icon.

rough and tough ironworker doing his jobI have had the good fortune of working as a journeyman ironworker, a carpenter, an electrician, insurance sales, some real estate, furniture builder.  Butcher, baker, candlestick maker.  I was a foreman, pusher (ironworker foreman), superintendent, project manager, estimator, quality control person, and safety enforcer.  In my years as a supervisor, I can honestly state that I never had an employee who experienced a lost time injury under my watch.  I even helped coach a youth soccer team for a couple of years

I have watched people from both sides of the spectrum, meaning as a worker and as a manager.  It is unique, in my opinion to be able to see both sides of an issue realistically.

I started when I was twenty and a year later, I was appointed as foreman.  I learned my trade well and plied my experiences well.  One of the first things I learned as a foreman was that it wasn’t enough to be a knowledgeable ironworker.  I discovered very quickly that I had to be a psychologist first.  It was very clear that there are two kinds of people in the workforce.  They are leaders and followers.  If the boss puts the wrong person in a leadership position, it will be disastrous.  The same goes for the follower.

My faith in God has helped me see real people and I would not take anything for that.

That’s right.  I lived in my research for 42 years.  I worked in the heat and cold, shared the same pain and joy as the workers, and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I wouldn’t trade my life experience for all the money in the world.  OK, maybe I would. Haha!!!!

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Lessons from a Blue-collar Hero

In Breaux: An American Icon, older rancher Bubba Breaux takes young government agent Hyatt Parker under his wing and into his confidence. Throughout their association, the older man imparts wisdom to the younger:

When Hyatt met Breaux from the receiving end of a shotgun, he had no idea how his life was about to change. The very person he trusted least would become a true friend for life.

A government agent, Hyatt learned quickly that the people he thought were trustworthy were not.

mentor, mentorship, friend, friendship, protegeeBreaux taught him that honesty was always the best policy. When you tell a lie, you have to tell another one to cover it up – a never-ending cycle.

Hyatt learned what hard work was and how rewarding it was at the end of a long day.

He learned that a man has to be proud of who he is, not what he has accomplished.  A man is never arrogant about his deeds.

Breaux taught Hyatt to relish every moment here on earth, and to always stand on his own two feet; however, in the same lesson he taught Hyatt to stop and smell the roses.

Hyatt learned that a person has many acquaintances in life, but very few real friends. A friend will pick you up when you’re down, cry with you, laugh with you.   He learned that “good friends don’t come easy and are worth more than pure gold.”

He also learned to:

  • always be kind and gentle, generous, and ready to help others
  • go the extra mile for a just cause
  • not spew out anger and bitterness because “what goes around, comes around”
  • “let your yes be yes and your no be no”
  • choose your battles carefully

“It is better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you aren’t”

These are just a few things that Hyatt learned from an old ironworker instead of a college professor.

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7 Men I Admire

Tommy Lee Jones, actor

I originally wrote "Breaux" as a screenplay with Tommy Lee Jones, another man I admire, in mind as the star.

My main character, Breaux, is as unique a character as he is controversial. He is very determined in everything he does and is driven at times. Breaux never gives up, which could be construed as his being hard-headed. He gets these characteristics from real-life men I have known who have affected my life. These characters are listed below in no certain order.

  1. O. R.  -  Ironworker, strong, very hard worker, opinionated, hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman. He was a man’s man and loved his wife dearly. They had no children, so he and his wife became the grandparents I never had growing up. He was a vet and a God-fearing man. Yet he also taught me to stop and smell the roses. His persona is reflected in Breaux over and over throughout the book.
  2. R. P.   -  A very successful banker and entrepreneur, he never lost his                  country roots. He was a fisherman and hunter and provided for his family very well. He taught me to stand on my own two feet.
  3. J. M.   – A pastor, educated, gardener, family man, and my mentor. He helped me see the path that I needed to take for my life. He would not answer my questions. He simply directed me to trust God and God would show me in His time.
  4. J. R.   -  Another pastor. Kind, gentle, generous, caring, gentle, lived in New York City for a while. He loved and cared for his family and taught me to care for others in need. He taught me that my actions told others who I really was. Through him I learned to live my life to the fullest.
  5. D. H.   -  Taught me how to laugh. Honest, fun-loving, energetic, patient, generous, gracious, country. He showed me to be happy in any circumstance. He was faithful to his wife and family.
  6. J. H.   -  Construction Superintendent. He was a Christian man who loved people and cared for his family and friends. He taught me how to be a good foreman when I started out. He even saved my life one time, and I will never forget that.
  7. H. A. L.   -  Although I had very little personal contact with this man, he was a major influence on me. He stressed that every man had worth and that as a good foreman, it was my responsibility to use the right men for the job. He stressed that I should treat people the way I would want to be treated if the roles were reversed. He taught me to never show favoritism and to let my “Yes” be yes and my “No” mean no.

These are the people that shaped the character of Breaux.  Although he is a fictional character, the legacy of these men lives through him.  I only wish there were more men like these for the rest of us to learn from.

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Breaux: An American Icon

“Who the hell are you, and what the hell do you want,” Breaux commented to a federal agent, while holding a double-barreled shotgun on him. His land was under his rule and nobody, even the government, was going to tell him what to do.

I’m Mac Kinnon, and I wrote Breaux: An American Icon out of the desire to tell people that there really are still good people left in America. I took seven men who impressed me over the years and made one central character out of them. More on those seven men in a later post.

My intention was to write the book in a way that would keep the readers’ attention, that was  easy to read, and that would get a message to them that there is hope.

Originally I started writing Breaux as a movie script, but it later evolved into the book you see here. Some of the themes involved in the book are:

  • Loss of individual freedoms by the government
  • Goverment picking on individuals who do not agree with its philosophy
  • Danger of giving the government too much power

Leave me a comment; I’d love to have your feedback!

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