In my opinion, the reasonable thing would be for the TSA to institute procedures that allow congressmen to bypass security procedures entirely if they are on legislative business.
Thanks for responding to my further questions, Joe.
I understand where you are coming from. Truly.
I understand where Thomas
is coming from when he agreed with your take. (“Sadly, that's true. Nevertheless, Paul was right to defend a constitutional principle against an overreaching executive. There is more at stake here than airtime for the Paul family.”)
I even understand your example of earlier, when you wrote:
At the courthouse building here in Cook County, everyone has to go through a metal detector -- unless you're a lawyer, like me, who buys a photo ID card from the sheriff's department, in which case all you have to do is show your card and bypass the lines.
I guess I am allowing an unreasonable prejudice of mine to cloud my judgement here. I cannot shake the feeling that allowing lawyers and congressmen special privileges in areas of security because of what may be perceived of as "their extraordinary trustworthiness" may some day jump up and bite us all on the ass.
(Just trying to put this argument in words that might elicit a grin, Joe. As I said in the beginning of the discussion, "...there are two sides to this story"...and we'll see how this one plays out in the media. At very least, it helps news shows give their sponsors their money's worth.)