The Irony of the Shutdown Outrage

If You Disagree with President Trump and Yet You’re Mad About the Effects of the Shutdown, You’re A Hypocrite.

My family and I traveled a grand total of 6,086 air miles roundtrip to see relatives abroad for the holidays. We stood through four airport security checkpoints (that’s a whole ‘nother story), and picked up more germs than I’d like to think about.

Ah, holiday air travel.

On the day we left, we arrived to a TSA line longer than I have EVER faced in my personal history of air travel—and I’m guessing (based on the irritated and frantic expressions on other passenger’s faces) in the history of most people’s lives. You see, we were a week into the government shutdown over border security (2 days before New Year’s Eve), and TSA screeners had just started taking sick days rather than go into work unpaid. I can’t say for sure that’s why we faced the lines we did, but it’s a pretty safe bet.

We returned a few days to a government shutdown still in full force, and the headlines I had been blissfully ignorant of while away were back in my face:

“More than 38 million people are on food stamps. The government shutdown could hit them hard,” said Vox.

(This is demonstrably untrue—click here—but ok.) 

“See shocking photos of trash piling up at national parks, monuments amid government shutdown,” reports USA Today.

(That one’s not really government; that’s moronic numbskulls continuing to pile trash on top of trash where it is clearly at capacity instead of taking it elsewhere, but ok.)

“Pilot: Shutdown adding new risk to air travel,” CNN reports, reference the risk that Air Traffic Controllers could similarly start walking off the job due to lack of paychecks.

(Anyone who thinks the federal government will let air traffic control towers stand empty while planes try to land willy-nilly is wildly lacking in their historical knowledge of, say, the time another president fired 11,000+ striking air traffic controllers for refusing to get back to their jobs, temporarily replacing them with military controllers and non-striking personnel.)

“The standoff is beginning to inflict pain on Americans, whose lives are affected, in one way or another, by the federal government,” writes the New York Times.

These are just a few examples of many outlets decrying how the shutdown is negatively impacting Americans.

So answer me this: why is it acceptable to call out how the shutdown is hurting Americans (and immigrants alike, I might add), and yet when I bring up how illegal immigrants have and will continue to hurt Americans, I get called “chickensh*t”?


And it’s not just the delightful participant in my Facebook discussion, obviously. It’s Ana Navarro filing her nails “in annoyance on Wednesday night as CNN contributor Steve Cortes tried to talk about crimes committed by illegal aliens against American citizens.” It’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claiming that we’re “less American” for believing we need a wall. It’s Nancy Pelosi calling a wall “immoral.”

And so on, and so on, and so on.

So it’s ok to worry about how Americans will get through the shutdown, but it’s not ok to worry about how Americans will stay safe from the criminal element coming illegally across the border?

I mean, just stop and think about that for a second. Seriously, let that sink in.

Democrats, Socialists, open border-types and the rest will worry about you and your life so long as it’s a Trump-induced government shutdown that’s taking away your paycheck, or ruining your family vacation to a national monument, or delaying new beer labels (no seriously, it’s a thing).

But these same people will gladly hate your guts if you if so much as HINT that you’re concerned about unfettered access to our country.

Bottom line: if you’re worried about Americans and what we’ll do (*clutches pearls and gasps*) if the shutdown continues, and yet you spew vitriolic hate at President Trump and at people like me for wanting to keep our LIVES safe, you’re a hypocrite.

Because if you really cared, you’d be just fine with what Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and countless other Leftists (pre-Trump) believed about keeping our country safe: we need a wall.

If the violent criminals continue to pour in, we need a wall.

If the drugs continue to pour in, we need a wall.

For every single Ronil Singh and Kate Steinle who have lost their lives NEEDLESSLY at the hands of someone who wouldn’t have been here in the first place, we need the damn wall.

An American who goes without a paycheck, or goes without some federal service, or goes without a visit to their favorite national monument is going to be just fine.

An American who loses their life, or loses a loved one because of someone who illegally crossed our VERY open borders—they’re the ones you should be worrying about.

But you’re not.

So you’re hypocrites.

Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of, and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show on KSEV 700 Radio in Houston. She can be reached at:; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree

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