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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bernie Meets Condi

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 5:20 PM

United States Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont, and other members of the U.S. Senate’s freshman class of 2007, met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday.

The junior senator from Vermont (pictured, at left, on Burlington's Church Street in mid-December), put out a press release afterward and also included a follow-up letter he’d sent to Condoleezza. A very, direct and to-the-point letter, if I do say so myself.

I didn’t see or hear any coverage in the Vermont press - anybody catch anything?

(Update: VPR had it.)

Let me tell you how I read the Constitution of the United States,” wrote Sen. Sanders.

The wording of Article 1, Section 8 is explicit: ‘The Congress shall have the power . . . to declare war.’ The Congress declares war, not the President. The President certainly plays a central role in foreign policy, but the Congress also has Constitutional authority in this area. That means if the Bush administration provokes a war against Iran, as it is currently threatening to do, we will have a Constitutional crisis of the gravest severity. If the President ignores the Constitutionally-defined and mandated Congressional role in making war, there will be very dire consequences for this administration.

“Very dire consequences for this administration?”

Has a ring to it, eh?

Now is the time to increase the level of diplomacy, not the level of American troops put into harm’s way in the middle of a civil war,” writes Ol’ Bernardo.

Also on Tuesday, the Independent from the Green Mountain State “became the first cosponsor of S. Res. 39, a resolution offered by Senator Robert Byrd, which declares the need for the Administration to seek approval before instigating offensive military action against another nation. He is also a cosponsor of S. 233, which prevents the President from escalating the war and increasing the troop numbers in Iraq without the express consent of Congress.”


What a concept.

P.S. Health-wise, I’m doing well. Chemotherapy is what’s happening. (Heck, been doing that since Woodstock, eh?)

Cancer cells grow very fast. My little lymphoma tumor, first discovered on New Year's, grew real fast. The chemo drugs are designed to kill fast growing cells in the body. Hair cells grow fast. That's why mine will disappear in a couple weeks. I've been reminded Vermont's entire congressional delegation is bald!

There’s chemical warfare underway inside of me. What a novel approach. I am, after all, a pile of chemicals. The tumor has already shrunk a good bit. The jaundice is gone.

The fact that I’m under 60 and only have it in one place - my abdomen - are positive indicators that statistically increase recovery rates.

Saw my new doctor today. Dr. Eric Pillemer is one of 12 oncologists at the Mary Fanny cancer clinic. It is a very busy place, but there’s a flow to it. Modern fast-food medicine. In and out like an airport - Boettcher Field?

The doc and I are both children of the Sixties. He was even at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, too. Small world, eh?

End the War in Vietnam, Bring the Troops Home!

Fast-forward 40 years and you only need to change one word. When will we ever fucking learn?

We shared one little reminiscence about when we were children in the 1950s and 1960s. How anyone of our parents, or their friends, or aunts or uncles getting cancer meant - it’s all over! Kiss of death. Curtains!

It’s not that way anymore. There are survival rates - cure rates.

I haven't been able to respond to everyone's call or email - pacing myself - but you guys have been positively priceless. Consider yourselves hugged! Each and every one of you.

But, still,  it drives the old journalist in me mad to learn they do not know what causes this shit in the first place.

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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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