Depending on your point of view, the United States and the United Kingdom can be seen as great bastions of liberal democracy, progress, and freedom; or imperial powers struggling to hold on to the power and wealth accumulated largely through colonialism and war.

Either way, the rest of the world looks on in curiosity as the governments of these once great nations decide to disengage from hard-won international treaties and agreements, put their fingers in their ears to economic realities and begin to build walls around themselves, now that they aren't allowed to just take from everyone else anymore.

But while Donald Trump stokes nonsensical fear of terrorist hordes, flooding over the border to justify his precious wall for 'national security,' people are finding themselves in real and present danger due to the government shutdown he has called to get his way. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are being stood down or are working without pay, including those critical to the safety of air passengers, such as airport security workers and air traffic controllers.

The irony of it all would be hilarious if it weren't so serious. Scroll down below to see the actual, tangible ways that the shutdown is affecting the safety of Americans and let us know what you think in the comments. (Facebook cover image: iStock / MediaProduction)

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varwenea 9 months ago

Agree with the sentiment.

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Kaisu Rei 9 months ago

Trump is so contradictory, he says he wants to keep terrorism out of the US by building a wall yet he throws a tantrum and shuts down the government which means TSA workers could easily let a terrorist slip by because they can't monitor everyone when they're not getting paid

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TheReader19 9 months ago

This should be illegal, no government should be allowed to hold its citizens hostage like this. Especially in jobserved which are a matter of national security.

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Siddharth Rath 9 months ago

This is sad

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Luis Milian 9 months ago

That orange piece of crap sucks

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Wil Vanderheijden 9 months ago

Their collegues call in sick so that they can do other jobs to earn the money they need to pay their bills. But the Tangerine Turd doesn't care. Liked a spoiled little bratt he's clinging on to his idea of having a useless wall.

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Wil Vanderheijden 9 months ago

Is this MAGA? Denying government workers their pay?

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Hans 9 months ago

Maybe this should be the time to question all the security theather at airports. Most of the things currently being done harass innocent people while adding zero to actually stopping bad guys who know what they are doing.

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TheReader19 9 months ago

Everyone with ounce of sense knows this.

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Siddharth Rath 9 months ago

What a bastard that orange pile of shit

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Luis Milian 9 months ago

most are calling sick in order to not get in trouble by just not showing up.

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Aria Whitaker 9 months ago

This is so disgusting and embarrassing. I cant wait until our countrymen can have some dignity again in the world....everyone either hates us now, pities us, or is laughing at us. I feel so "Great" right now :-/ 2020!!!!!! It can not come fast enough, I have talked to so many people that hardly ever vote, but they said they will certainly be in line at the polls in '20 to get this incompetent embarrassment OUT OF HERE...

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TheReader19 9 months ago

Trump is as we say in England "away with the fairies".

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ADHORTATOR 9 months ago

How can a government force people to work and not pay them, perhaps for months?

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Night Owl 9 months ago

True, everyone should know about the scope and impact of this shutdown

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TheReader19 9 months ago (edited)

It's not, but people can't afford to even get to their place of work. Your president should not be allowed to hold his citizens hostage.

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Conrad Strucker 9 months ago

Guys, Oliver Queen has got you! On a more serious note, though, it's great of him to understand the problems TSA workers are having right now instead of getting mad about the wait like mos people would.

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TheReader19 9 months ago

Your president is a mad man

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Kaisu Rei 9 months ago (edited)

I wouldn't put any effort either if I wasn't getting paid. You get what you pay for, though in this case you get what you didn't pay for when these people even showed up to work in the first place

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varwenea 9 months ago

I think it's the red flu.

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TheReader19 9 months ago

Caddie de Luka, maybe then something will he done to end this situation

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Conrad Strucker 9 months ago

thank you, annoying orange

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Beatrice Multhaupt 9 months ago

''The ego is the enemy'', Zen proverb

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varwenea 9 months ago

Not getting a paycheck is a bigger nightmare.

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