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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Nate_McMurray Report

varwenea
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1 year ago

Agree with the sentiment.

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Kaisu Rei
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1 year 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

Isog Sargent
Community Member
1 year ago

Bruce. No they didn't. They voted for a chain link fence that would only be erected in a few areas as needed. At far less cost. Your Fox News, Breitbart and Alex Jones are trying to conflate the two very different things so their childish brained followers won't think there's a difference. but the adults do.

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Mae
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1 year ago

Seems legit! SMH. What a nightmare, I hope people (who voted for that assmunch) wake up and not make the same mistake again. I feel bad for all those people doing important work not being paid, it's a disgrace!

Siddharth Rath
Community Member
1 year ago

Very true

Char Char
Community Member
1 year ago

This sums it up so well.

Nikki D
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1 year ago

Wait, what? What 4,000 potential terrorists?

Linda Allen
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1 year ago

Not likely. Trump is just full of sh*t.

Bill Hadley
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1 year ago

And by their own admission how many terrorists has the TSA stopped? Zero...

Elizabeth Wilkins
Community Member
1 year ago

I'mnot saying this is right but does no one remember the Government shutdown when Obama did it? It was a week or so that he also shut down.

Jenifer Shields
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1 year ago

There have been many government shutdowns in the past few decades, under every president. The reason given for the shutdown is the issue.

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David Larrow
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1 year ago

Check the stats the TSA has caught exactly 0 terrorists ever

Sel Bonda
Community Member
1 year ago

Trump would benefit from that massive wall. Contract to Jared's shadow companies! Don't act dumb US, you knew that. Didn't you?!

danielw
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1 year ago

yes. people do understand it. Also, another motivation is Trumps core base, whose apparently too stupid to recognize campaign rhetoric often ignores reality.

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Quinn Alexander
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1 year ago

It's a STUNT! It's a fucking campaign stunt!

Bruce Kunde
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1 year ago

Where does she get those False Facts?

Randy Paddock
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1 year ago

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Kathy Hannabach Zajonczkoski
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1 year ago

yup! aint that the shit!

Becky Banker-Thomas
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1 year ago

They don't do shit anyway except steal from the passengers.

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

Find a way to remove trump, too much damage has already been done !!!

Anne-Lie Wahlberg
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1 year ago

Trump is a fuckoff, simply and clear!

Haley Stewart
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1 year ago

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I mean, You might be right about stopping 4,000 potential terrorists, but Then again, There are also a lot of Terrorists Coming through the border too. I personally think Trump should open the government, And everyone gets paid again, Then they build the wall, After all, It only takes one person to press a button, and then thousands of bombs or anything like that could go off. (But then again, It depends on the resources somebody has...)

Randy Paddock
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1 year ago

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TSA agents can't even catch a bad cold less any terrorist any where , the lying their lying thieves and drug dealers .

Sherry
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1 year ago

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American taxpayers are footing the bill not only for foreign aid, but also for illegal immigration, which costs U.S. taxpayers $115 billion a year. Then there is the human toll, from Kate Steinle to police officer Ronil Singh. Or the previously deported illegal alien who viciously raped a woman in New York. Or another previously deported illegal who raped a child in Philadelphia. Don't forget illegal drugs. Heroin and cocaine aren't produced domestically and instead transit our southern border. How much Chinese fentanyl is arriving through Mexico? The United States gives about a million dollars a year in aid to Hungary, the same country that was able to fund the construction of "a second fence on the border with Serbia to keep migrants out." Congress is happy to give money to countries to secure their borders, but House Democrats refuse to spend a dime for the same security measures in their own country.

Dave Roger
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1 year ago

Sherry, those numbers are 100% BULLSHIT. Sincerely, please look up facts.

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Mark Kelly
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1 year ago

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the wall will stop more.

Lisa Keller-Fawcett
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1 year ago

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I'm guessing none of you were upset when Obama shut down the government to shove Obamacare into law.

Calypso poet
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1 year ago

ACA was already a law. It was the debt ceiling they were fighting about. Do some research and stop spreading lies.

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Krista Kelly
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1 year ago

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Yet Obama shut the government down to get his way and shove Obamacare down our throats.

thomas maclean
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1 year ago (edited)

Krista Kelly, you're full of shit. Go take a dump before you fukkin explode. Dumb cunt.

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Rage Racer
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1 year ago

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I feel for them as people with no pay, however as security they are a joke. Forbes reported they missed 70 percent of fake weapons and that that was still an improvement.

Meowton Mewsk
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1 year ago

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Exactly.

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Meowton Mewsk
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1 year ago

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There are no potential terrorists at airports. TSA has always been useless and air terrorism is a scare tactic. They’ve never caught anyone. Nobody needed TSA to begin with. The only thing TSA is good for is providing jobs.

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TheReader19
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

This is sad

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#5

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

That orange piece of crap sucks

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Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Is this MAGA? Denying government workers their pay?

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Hans
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Everyone with ounce of sense knows this.

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Siddharth Rath
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1 year ago

What a bastard that orange pile of shit

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

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

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Aria Whitaker
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

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

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Night Owl
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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TheReader19
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year ago

Your president is a mad man

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Kaisu Rei
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year ago

I think it's the red flu.

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PGator93 Report

TheReader19
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Conrad Strucker
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1 year ago

thank you, annoying orange

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Beatrice Multhaupt
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Not getting a paycheck is a bigger nightmare.

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