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I'm a victim of the much-vaunted humanitarian tradition of Switzerland!
THE UGLY PAST!
Since the 1850s, Swiss authorities separated hundreds of thousands of Swiss children from their parents!
And then deported them to Swiss farms as cheap child laborers!
Where they were frequently treated like slaves or serfs and had to drudge like forced labourers!
Without any health care, with little food and little sleep!
Of course without any wages and any pocket money!
This inhuman Swiss practice continued well into the 1950s.
Although Swiss politicians peddle abroad always with the humanitarian tradition of Switzerland!
THE UGLY PRESENT!
Today live in Switzerland still thousands of victims who survived such a pitiable childhood!
Swiss government has never intentended to grant a compensation!
In 2014 Swiss citizens launched an initative to establish a fund of 5 million CHF in favor of the still alive «VERDINGKINDER»!
In 2015 Swiss government reduced the fund on 3 million CHF!
I.e. each surviving victim gets between 20 and 25 thousand CHF!
Now Swiss authorities tax these shabby compensations for their lost childhood!
And reduce their pension because they have now a small fortune!
SWISS HUMANITARIAN TRATITION? - THE GAP BETWEEN CLAIM AND REALITY!
HENRI DUNANT (1828 - 1910) - founder of the Red Cross and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1901)
lived during 3 decades in oblivion and in bitter poverty in a provincial retirement home!
THE UGLY TRUTH!
Swiss government is always generous with Swiss tax money!
But only abroad!
E.g. to foster the Palestinians since 20 years with annual 20 million CHF!
At home, Swiss government refuse to acknowledge that 615 thousands Swiss people have officially to live in poverty!
By the way, Switzerland itself isn't the bad exception!
Any Western European country do the same mess!
Dear Mr. President: 1
On behalf of the people of the United States of America, it is my pleasure to congratulate the people of Switzerland as you celebrate your national day on August 1.
The United States deeply values Switzerland’s vital partnership in promoting our shared ideals of economic freedom and democracy.
As we discussed when you visited the White House on May 16, the United States looks forward to strengthening our deep economic relationship and promoting innovation together.
While you reflect on the proud history, prosperity, and success of the Swiss Confederation, please know that the United States greatly values your friendship and steadfast commitment to our common interests.
Donald J. Trump
1 Ulrich "Ueli" Maurer (born 1 December 1950) is a Swiss politician serving as President of the Swiss Confederation since 1 January 2019.
MADELEINE BIANCHI and ERIC MAURER
We are two SWISS CITIZENS who consider PRESIDENT TRUMP's message of greetings to be an invitation of cooperation between the US and Switzerland!
What we do question is whether the members of the SWISS GOVERNMENT understand this invitation to an enhanced cooperation at all?
But we are concerned that Swiss SWISS GOVERNMENT stubbornly sticks on a dubious FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT with the EUROPEAN UNION!
TO THE SWISS NATIONAL DAY, OUR TAKE HOME MESSAGE TO SWISS GOVERNMENT:
«I SKATE TO WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING TO BE, NOT WHERE IT HAS BEEN!»
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What's the most important SWISS INVENTION?
The CUCKOO CLOCK?
The BANK SECRECY?
The MILK CHOCOLATE?
IT'S THE GESSLER HAT!
It's the story of Swiss national hero WILLIAM TELL and his adversary,
the tyrannic bailiff GESSLER, who let put his HAT on a pole!
EVERYONE, who passed by, were FORCED to SALUTE this HAT, as if GESSLER himself would been PRESENT!
ARMED GUARDS made sure that any SUBJECTS obeyed this DIKTAT!
Everyone of you has already learned how to salute a GESSLER HAT!
EVEN IF YOU ARE NO SWISS!
MADELEINE BIANCHI and ERIC MAURER
That's our SHORT SPEECH to the SWISS NATIONAL HOLIDAY:
IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS, SWISS NATIONAL HEREO WILLIAM TELL SHOT THE TYRANT GESSLER WITH HIS CROSSBOW!
NOWADAYS THERE ARE NO MORE WILLIAM TELLS!
AND THE KILLING OF PERVERSE TYRANTS HAS TODAY GONE OUT OF STYLE!
NOT SO THE GESLER HAT!
THIS ONE IS STILL IN VOGUE!
AS WELL-TRIED SUCCESSFUL MODEL, ITS NUMBER HAS MEANWHILE REACHED ASTRONOMICAL SPHERES!