Senators are not “anybody else”, they’re Congresscritters. Congresscritters are important, and have that privilege in the Constitution, because they’re Congresscritters. The Framers put the requirement in because they knew history, particularly the events surrounding the English Revolution and Restoration. There’s a long history of rulers getting a free hand by preventing Parliament from meeting, and although there’s no way for Law to stand in the way of that in a practical sense, with that provision as Law of the Land Teh Protector at least can’t argue that the tactic is legal.
There are certain things that I take a hard, will not cross, I don’t care if you like it or not, line on: birthright citizenship, money in politics, “shall issue” rather than “may issue” firearm licensing, and getting in the way of Congressmen going to and fro work. In each case it’s all based on purely selfish motives:
- I do not want Congress to be able to declare that somebody born in this country isn’t a citizen after all, because a Congress that can do that can later decide that I don’t qualify, either. Preventing even the chance of that happening to me is worth any number of Mexican-American anchor babies, frankly.
- I do not want Congress to be able to define who can and cannot spend money to promote a political cause, because they have already used that power to try to shut me up. I decline to be shut up, and I want as many opportunities to talk as possible. If that means Super-PACs and corporate funding of elections, fine by me.
- I do not want anybody deciding for me what the Second Amendment means or does not mean. The existing track record of people with political power who also do not like guns stinks.
- And I do not want there to be a precedent that a sober, peacefully progressing federal legislator on his way back to Washington can be stopped, impeded, harassed, discommoded, or hindered in any way, shape or form. As Ric notes, there’s a long historical record of how that precedent, once set, can be used for scurrilous ends.
So I’d like to see some people at the TSA in Nashville fired now, please. In order to encourage the others.
PS: I’m sure that you can come up with specific exceptions to each point. Individual cases are one thing; but I default on these issues to as expansive a range as is humanly possible.
PPS: “Fired? Moe, they were just doing their jobs!” Yup! …And firing them for it will make sure that the next batch will be very, very careful to never impede the progress of a sitting legislator ever again. “But that’s not fair, Moe!” Sure, no argument, it’s not fair. Neither is life, the last time that I checked. “You’re not in their position, Moe!” Nope, I’m not! Look, if I note that I’m being an uncaring bastard about this can you stop trying to establish it, and move on?