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Minnesota City Councilman Weasels Out of “Redneck” CBF Fooferraw

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on February 14, 2012

That didn’t take long.

Ed Hansen, the West St. Paul City Council member who caught some flack over the weekend for flying a Confederate Battle Flag with the word “REDNECK” on it at his home, collapsed like a dollar-store lawn chair when faced with his constituents at a council meeting Monday night. Of course, he didn’t admit he’d made a mistake, and instead went off on a self-absorbed whinge about people being “thin-skinned and. . . so easily offended.” He also insisted that

the flag had become a distraction because people “wanted to get into debates about Civil War history.”

Funny how that happens.

Personally, I think the other Confederate-redneck-flag guy, Ken Webber in Oregon, has chosen a wrong path in (first) his refusal to remove the flag from his truck when it was parked at his private employer’s lot, and (second) in pursuing a legal case he’s likely to lose. But I’ll give Webber this much: he’s got more stones than “One-and-Done” Councilman Ed Hansen of West St. Paul, Minnesota.
Original Image Caption: “This is a question of personal liberty. It has nothing to do with racism,” said West St. Paul City Council member Ed Hansen, photographed Monday outside his home in West St. Paul. In addition to the Confederate flag hanging on his deck railing, Hansen is brandishing the Gadsden flag with a coiled rattlesnake, which has been adopted by the tea party movement. Since the photo was taken, Hansen decided to remove the Confederate flag. (Pioneer Press: Richard Marshall)


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  1. theravenspoke said, on February 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Minnesotans should be proud of their public reaction to Ed “I’m a Confederate!” Hansen. Citizens spoke up, the local mayor complained and Hansen also heard from his most important “constituent”….

    Hansen is a franchise owner of a Rocco’s Pizza in Little Canada, and on Monday, Jim Bauer, corporate president of Rocco’s Pizza, called the flag “in poor taste.”

    Bauer said he had a long conversation with Hansen about the flag Monday and that Hansen told him he was going to remove it.

    “I was upset,” Bauer said. “It doesn’t reflect Rocco’s Pizza in any way shape or form. I don’t condone the flying of the Confederate flag for whatever reason. I think he went about trying to get his point across in the wrong way.”

    • Andy Hall said, on February 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      That’s what gets me about both this case and the Webber situation in Oregon. In neither case were these men trying to make a statement about Southern “heritage” or the Confederacy, or whatever. But they chose an explicitly Confederate emblem to do do so, bringing public criticism down on themselves and that emblem that they should have seen coming. The True Southrons ought to be just as unhappy about their actions as the so-called “politically-correct fascists,” etc.

  2. Cotton Boll Conspiracy said, on February 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    He was unhappy about the fact “the flag had become a distraction because people ‘wanted to get into debates about Civil War history.'” What did he think was going to happen?

    Sounds to me like he doesn’t know enough about history to be able to hold his own in a debate.

  3. Roger E Watson said, on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Funny the things people will do when they get hit in the pocketbook !

  4. Nick Nemec said, on February 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    And to think Minnesota has a proud history of Union units including the 1st Minnesota Infantry that suffered the highest percent casualties of any US Army unit ever while successfully defending the Union center on Cemetery Ridge during the second and third days of the battle. This jerk has no respect for his state’s own heroes.

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