Ed Hansen takes down Confederate flag, in hot water with Rocco's management

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Ed Hansen is no longer rocking the stars and bars from his back deck.
Yesterday, we brought you the story of Ed Hansen, the Confederate flag-flying city council member in West St. Paul.

Hansen, you might recall, also owns Rocco's Pizza in Little Canada. Rocco's has seven pizzerias throughout the East Metro and is run by president Jim Bauer. 

In response to all the publicity Hansen is generating, Bauer wants to make it clear as crystal that he is no fan of the Confederate flag or people who fly it. Below is the letter Bauer wrote to the City Pages in response to yesterday's story.

Bauer writes:
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Rocco's Pizza President Jim Bauer wants to distance his company from Hansen's actions.
Rocco's Pizza in no way condones Mr. Hansen's actions. I had a long discussion with Mr. Hansen yesterday morning. He told me he has removed the flag. He relayed to me his intention was to raise awareness of the tax and spend attitude of government and he flew the flag as a "rebel" not a racist. What ever his reason, the flag was a misguided attempt to get his point across and in poor taste. I am very sorry his actions offended you. I hope in the future, Mr. Hansen puts more thought into the message he is sending.
Assuming he runs for reelection, we'll see how much Hansen's West St. Paul constituency is offended by his one-man rebellion come November when his four-year term on the city council ends.
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Cailen Cambeul
Cailen Cambeul

Cowards without the balls to stand up for their convictions do not deserve your vote. Remember that when Hansen asks for your vote.

periodista
periodista

So in short, Hansen is all about "principles" until it threatens his pocketbook....

MIke W.
MIke W.

And hopefully now endeth this person's fifteen minutes.

Makie
Makie

"...he flew the flag as a "rebel" not a racist..." -- Actually, he flew it as a "REDNECK". And that's not me making a joke or mocking the guy. It literally said so in big letters right on that tacky-ass flag. Why would people take pride in redneck-ism? Confusing.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Wow, I though people had the freedom to fly whatever flag they wish in America despite how offensive it is to another person. 

hmm, at least that is what we were all told.

So who the hell is setting these double standards, and why do we allow these bigots to influence OUR decisions?

Libby MN
Libby MN

I wrote an email to Bauer and received that letter. My response to him was...

Yes, I'm sure it's a real problem for him since taxes are most certainly lower than they've been at anytime during his lifetime. It’s interesting that people 'like him' were silent when Ronald Reagan created more debt than every president before him ADDED TOGETHER! When George H.W. Bush just multiplied that debt, they were still silent. Then when Clinton nearly had all of the debt created by those two republicans PAID OFF and still creating 22 million jobs, their only concern was about his philandering. Then we get another republican, George W. Bush who spent money more frivolously than any president before him while only giving welfare tax cut to millionaires, and creating ZERO private sector jobs over 8 years, and ending that monumental failure with the GREAT GLOBAL BUSH DEPRESSION. And still... the sound of silence.  Until we have an African American president, who has NOT raised taxes, but lowered taxes for the middle class--unlike Republicans. Suddenly taxes and debt are a problem.

That only insults my intelligence. I don't think any of the other franchise owners deserve that shadow over their business. I'm thankful it is being removed, and I appreciate your quick response.

E K
E K

I'm not sure why people celebrate vulgarities in this day and age but they do.  The white equivalent of being "street" is to pretend you're a redneck.  The Fort Moultrie banner would've been a more appropriate flag to symbolize his thoughts.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Probably the same reason people take pride in liberalism and socialism.Those ideologies shouldn't make any sense to someone that obtains a masters degree in efforts to being rich!   Study hardGet degreeGet good jobWork hardAnd now the turds of society vilify you for getting rich?Why would anyone pride themselves on the political condition (socialism) which strives for mediocrity?Confusing indeed...

Robert
Robert

I testified at the City of West Saint Paul Council meeting on 2/13/12 about the obnoxiousness of Ed Hansen's display of the Confederate States of America's (CSA) battle flag known as the Stars and Bars.  I pointed out that as a Symbol - the Starsand Bars battle flag represents a cause to overthrow the Government of the United States of American with Force and Violence - which is a clear violation of the Alien Registration Act of 1940, also known as the Smith Act of 1940.

This Symbol - representing the overthrow of the American Government - by force and violence – is responsible for the deaths of about 650,000 innocent Americans - which are more American deaths than ALL of the other wars that America has been involved in since 1776 !!!!

I asked that 4 actions come out of my testimony - 1.) That Mr. Hansen remove the display of the CSA battle flag; 2.) That Mr. Hansen issue a public apology to the residents of West Saint Paul; 3.) That the City Council begin censorship procedures against Mr. Hansen; and 4.) That the City Council begin a Grand Jury investigation into any and all Subversive Activities that Mr. Hansen may be involved in.

I consider that Mr. Hansen's pride in the display of the CSA battle flag - is a clear symbolic act of advocating the overthrow of the American Government by force and violence - a subversive act - that is also a violation of the Smith Act of 1940.  About215 subversive Communists, Trotskyites, and Fascists have been convicted underthe Smith act - and these subversive folk have paid fines and gone to prison for these subversive activities.  Mr.Hansen's subversive activities need a full investigation !!!

Robert Allen - a resident in Ward 1 of West Saint Paul, MN - the ward that Mr. Hansen does a so-called job of representing !!  

Kirk - the issue for me with Ed Hansen - is that he is in violation of the Smith Act of 1940 - which makes it a CRIME to advocate the overthrow of the American Government - by Force and Violence.  By Mr. Hansen's own admission at the Council meeting - he's been advocating this overthrow - for months !!!!  Ed Hansen's subversive acts need a FULL INVESTIGATION by a Grand Jury !!!

Bob Allen

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

kirk you really shouldn't call anyone a bigot since you are a creepy loser tha makes fun of dead children and lies about your race so people stop calling you racist.    It's pathetic.

green23
green23

Kirk, I've explained to you several times that the 1st Amendment ("freedom of speech") restricts the GOVERNMENT, not individuals.

He *is* free to fly whatever flag he chooses, you dense brick of manure.

He is also free to lose his job, and others are free to criticize his choice of flag.

How you still manage to believe that "freedom of speech " compels people to agree with anything that anyone says is astounding. Especially since you simultaneously disagree with nearly everyone on a regular basis without fear of violating their "freedom of speech ".

Rothenkus
Rothenkus

There is a difference between having the right to doing something and the actual act of doing it. The key difference that I see hear is that he is a duly elected public official, he may have the right to fly a flag that has historically been a symbol of hatred and bigotry but it may not be in the best interest of his public persona or even in his business persona to do so. Put another way, his actions will reap what he deserves

Libby MN
Libby MN

It seems you have the double standard.... Because you think he has a right to fly his offensive flag but his neighbors don't have a right to object and protest it. Plus, he needed a little lesson in how free markets work.

Lynnefrommn
Lynnefrommn

 Kirk, the government didn't make him take the flag down, the CEO did after complaints. I say if you appreciated his dumb, unwise and ill thought flag flying, go support him by buying his pizzas. I sure won't anymore. He knew exactly what he was doing by flying that flag, and it wasn't due to these invisible tax hikes.

Makie
Makie

You're in no position to call anyone a bigot. End of discussion.

kate
kate

 He is allowed to fly it.  He is not being arrested.  The government is not taking action. 

The people are allowed to not like it, however, and to voice that opinion.  Being free to take an action is not freedom from the consequences of those actions. 

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

I like that it was private enterprise that forced him to take it down, that must really chap your ass.

Ignorance
Ignorance

Would you, Kirk, be one of the first to jump up and down about flagburners? A double standard may not be so foreign.

Guy
Guy

No government authority forced him to take it down. He took it down in response to an earnest plea from the president of the businesses he owns. It was basically a business/PR decision; not a forced stifling of free speech. He could still display the flag if he wanted to, and countless rednecks around the state display the flag on their homes and vehicles all the time. They're free to do so, always have been, always will be. Don't make arguments against something that doesn't exist.

Subaqua
Subaqua

He was a teenager when regan was president.

T Blackford
T Blackford

Why did you write to Bauer?! You should have written to Hansen!

God I'd hate to be Bauer right now - talk about negative publicity!

green23
green23

 Wow. Liberals are stupid. And you're losing to them!

Brilliant strategy there.

And people acting like rednecks is EXACTLY like educated people embracing 'socialism' - which now means "mediocrity". Solid analogy there, buddy. 

Of course, you aren't rich. This means (by your own stupid analogy) that YOU didn't work hard, study hard, get a good job, etc. It kind of seems like YOU are the one "striving for mediocrity", Kirk. Does that make you a 'socialist' or just *a lot* stupider than a 'socialist'?

You guys ran the old "socialism" magic word up the flagpole too many times. People just yawn now, except for that 16% of Minnesotans that constitute the wingnut base.

Heydudez
Heydudez

Solid deflection there budday.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

The right to protest or withhold YOUR support for such is your right.Perhaps the eugenics crowd needs one of your lessons on free markets.Please inform them that Susan G Kolman has the right to withhold PRIVATE funding to a minority slaughter factory (planned parenthood).

Libby MN
Libby MN

Because Ed Hansen was not motivated to remove his confederate flagthat symbolized slavery and treason no matter how much his neighbors or the Mayorimpelled him. Home values were declining because people would not knowingly chooseto live near someone who purposely invoked division and conflict; especiallyconsidering Minnesota’s history of opposing the Confederates and the human lossthat resulted.

 

It was clear that he could not be compelled to do the rightthing out of concern for his neighbors or as his duty as a city council memberto enhance the city’s image, not deteriorate it. So I appealed to that singularquality found in all republicans, greed. I also thought it would be a good lessonfor Ed about how free markets work.

 

They did the right thing and maybe for that they will getthe kind of publicity that will draw in more business instead of what Ed’scampaign against civil liberties could have cost.

green23
green23

 Who said that the SGK doesn't have the right to with-hold their funding?

Today's word from Kirk is "straw-man".

It's amazing, in a pathetic kind of way, how you oppose boycotts (people choosing where to spend their own money) of a car wash, but support SGK boycotting PP. Is that because you have lost the ability to make sense, or do you really just not see the parallels?

Kirk: "The right to protest or withhold YOUR support for such is your right."

So what's your issue with people 'protesting' his flag or his boss with-holding his support? Didn't you just contradict yourself? Isn't boycotting a car wash "with-holding your support"? Because you spent a lot of time here calling it "harassment" and a violation of "freedom of speech".

Libby MN
Libby MN

Sure as soon as you inform Susan G Kolman that we have the right to protest their partisan funding to an organization (that has helped millions of young women plan their families by providing contraception and that has saved the lives of women, who have been tossed to the side by republicans by providing them cancer screenings) because they hate and want to oppress poor people by withholding our donations.

Every single person here has shown how misinformed you are about how free markets work. I'm bored. You'll have to belittle yourself without me.

amiller92
amiller92

Of course it has that right.  And it's donors have the right not to give it money anymore, which they exercised.

green23
green23

 Aren't you infringing on Lynnefrommn's "free speech", Kirk?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You would know what a bigot sounds like since you make fun of dead children kirk.  

green23
green23

Oh, you conservatives. Always herding people into groups...

Guy
Guy

You conveniently left out the second half of the definition, which reads: "one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance." (Merriam-Webster)

Like I said, it's reserved for stronger stuff than calling Mr. Hanson "dumb." Anyone can stretch a definition so that it fits their motives. The term "bigot" is pretty much subjective, and you're operating at the very weak end of that spectrum. Know your terms well before you go throwing them around.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Wow Guy, do you really think the people up in here are that stupid?

big·ot (bgt) noun.One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

Now doesn't that sound like lynnefrommn?

it's OK lynne, we all do it.  It's called being human...

Guy
Guy

You clearly don't know what the word "bigot" means. It's reserved for more hateful viewpoints. Saying that it's "dumb" for a city representative in MN to proudly display a flag that has far-reaching historical implications of racism is not even close to bigoted. It's just called being opinionated, and the opinion is based on a sense of decency, not prejudice.

green23
green23

 Right, boycotts are "harassment". People should not be allowed to spend their own money in establishments that they don't support. Is that what you're saying?

Kirk: "The right to protest or withhold YOUR support for such is your right."

Got it. You make no sense whatsoever. Pathetic.

amiller92
amiller92

Right.  It's the free market at work.

T Blackford
T Blackford

Change 'harassment' to 'conditions' and 'outside influence' to 'market forces,' and you're starting to get the picture. 

Libby MN
Libby MN

You don't seem to understand the U.S. constitution. Have you fallen prey to the reeducation program conducted by GOP TV?

T Blackford
T Blackford

Yes, but you said you sent it to Bauer - the CEO of the pizza place, and the man responsible for making Hansen take it down.

That's all I wondered - did you mean you sent it to Hansen?

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