A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 20, 2021
“It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. Its job is to protect my rights”

"It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my RIGHTS. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety you end up losing both” is a saying that has been printed on many images. The saying became popular during the 2020 COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, which resulted in government mandates and restrictions. “When you trade liberty for safety you end up losing both” is a famous saying of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

“It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my RIGHTS. When you trade liberty for safety you end up losing both” was posted on Twitter by ClemsonTigerFan on April 23, 2020. “It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my RIGHTS. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety you end up losing both” was posted on Twitter by Jason Buckeye Fan on April 30, 2020. “It’s not the governments job to protect my health. It’s the governments job to protect my rights. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety, you end up losing both. @bye_bye_big_pharma” (shown on an image) was posted on Facebook by Merissa Hamilton on May 14, 2020. Authorship is uncertain; it possibly comes from an image.

A parody Twitter account that posed as the former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders posted the saying in May 2020, and an article about this was posted on Lead Stories on August 10, 2020. “It’s not government’s job to protect your health. It’s government’s job to protect YOUR RIGHTS. #COVID19” was posted on Twitter by Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS on October 24, 2020.


Wikipedia: COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.

Twitter
ClemsonTigerFan
@silvergogal
It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my RIGHTS. When you trade liberty for safety you end up losing both.
11:34 AM · Apr 23, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Jason Buckeye Fan
@JasonAl99021237
It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my RIGHTS. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety you end up losing both.
11:14 AM · Apr 30, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Anima
@animal_600
It’s not the government’s job to protect my health, it’s the government’s job to protect my rights, and they’re doing a piss poor job of it.
8:17 AM · May 2, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Twitter
Nombuso
@MaNtshaba
It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my rights. It’s MY job to protect MY health. When you trade liberty for safety you end up loosing both. #COVID19SouthAfrica #cabinetreshuffle
4:37 AM · May 3, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Annie Sullivan
@AnnieSu64561269
It is not the government’s job to protect my health. It is the government’s job to protect my rights and it is my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety, you will wind up losing both.
9:52 AM · May 3, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
867-5309
@American_Jen
IT’S NOT THE GOVERNMENT’S JOB TO PROTECT MY HEALTH. IT’S THE GOVERNMENT’S JOB TO PROTECT MY RIGHTS. IT’S MY JOB TO PROTECT MY HEALTH. WHEN YOU TRADE LIBERTY FOR SAFETY YOU END UP LOSING BOTH!!!
2:02 PM · May 5, 2020·Twitter for Android

Edinburgh (Scotland) Evening News
Edinburgh reacts to anti-lockdown event planned in city
Police Scotland have “strongly urged” people to avoid planned events which are protesting lockdown across Scotland and the rest of the UK this weekend.

By Caitlyn Dewar
Thursday, 14th May 2020, 12:30 pm
(...)
One commenter, Russell Brand, said: “It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my RIGHTS. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety you end up losing both.”

Facebook
Merissa Hamilton
May 14, 2020 at 1:07 PM ·
It’s not the governments
job to protect my health.
It’s the governments job
to protect my rights.
It’s my job to protect my health.
When you trade liberty for safety,
you end up losing both.
@bye_bye_big_pharma

Twitter
Administrator
@i_frikkie
It’s NOT the Government’s job to protect my HEALTH;
It is the Government’s job to protect my RIGHTS;
It’s my job to protect my health and my wealth;
When you trade liberty for safety you end up loosing both.”
Quote Tweet
Magda Wierzycka
@Magda_Wierzycka
· Jul 13, 2020
Is the solution to punish the nation or those responsible? If hospital beds are occupied due to alcohol related violence or accidents, arrest those responsible immediately, make it very public and expedite trials. Nothing like fear to instill compliance. twitter.com/SABreakingNews…
3:44 AM · Jul 13, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Cloyd Rivers
@CloydRivers
It’s not the Government’s job to protect my health. It’s the Government’s job to protect my RIGHTS. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade Liberty for Safety, you end up losin’ both.
7:30 PM · Aug 5, 2020·Hootsuite Inc.

Lead Stories
Fact Check: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Did NOT Tweet ‘It’s Not The Government’s Job To Protect My Health’
Aug 10, 2020 by: Victoria Eavis
Did Sarah Huckabee Sanders post a tweet saying “it’s not the government’s job to protect my health” and that “when you trade liberty for safety, you end up losing both”? No, that’s not true: The quote originated from a parody Twitter account that poses as the former White House press secretary.

Twitter
Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS
@RepGosar
It’s not government’s job to protect your health. It’s government’s job to protect YOUR RIGHTS. #COVID19
4:57 PM · Oct 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Suspicious Mind
@SUSPICIOUSsMIND
It is not the government’s job to protect my health.
It’s the government’s job to protect my rights.
It’s my job to protect my health.
When you trade liberty for safety, you end up losing both.
1:52 PM · Nov 22, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Marlo Magán RSP
@MarloMagan
It’s not the governments’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my RIGHTS. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety, you end up losing both. #COVID19NL
5:11 PM · Feb 27, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Kambree
@KamVTV
It’s not the government’s job to protect my health.  It’s the government’s job to protect my rights. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety you end up losing both.
10:04 PM · May 10, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Washington Policy Center
It’s Not the Government’s Job to Protect My Health
By ROGER STARK | Jun 28, 2021
I don’t know who wrote or said the quote, but yesterday this paragraph appeared on a social media platform:

“It’s not the government’s job to protect my health. It’s the government’s job to protect my rights. It’s my job to protect my health. When you trade liberty for safety, you end up losing both.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Military/Religion /Health • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 • Permalink