By Marvin Ross
In only the first two months of this year, we are seeing a complete redefinition of the Yiddish word Chutzpah thanks to the Freedumb Truckers and Vladimir.
Chutzpah is difficult to translate into English like many Yiddish terms but, up to now, the best has been by Leo Rosten in his book The Joys of Yiddish first published in 1968. It is defined as “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible ‘guts’, presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to” He also defines the term as “that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.”
Pat King, one of the leaders of the Canadian trucker’s revolt over covid mandates went one better at his bail hearing last week in Ottawa. King is a white nationalist whose views are promulgated in his videos complaining about attempts being made to replace Anglo Saxons. Take the time to watch this interview with King from the Fifth Estate on CBC TV. His level of stupidity is incredible:
In desperation, his lawyer’s final argument was that King who is anti-vax and believes that Covid is not really a serious health risk, requested that he be granted bail as he was worried that he might catch covid in prison. For a number of other valid reasons, the presiding justice refused bail but did comment on the irony (chutzpah) of King’s new found fear of covid.
Previously to King not getting bail is his co-organizer, Tamara Litch, who was also denied bail by an Ottawa Court. Aside from membership in a fringe political party wanting to secede from Canada, Ms Litch is the singer in a Medicine Hat, Alberta band called Blind Monday. John Oliver featured her performance. Thinking she is a singer is even more chutzpah.
Of course, all the truckers shouting freedom and singing O Canada displayed incredible chutzpah and stupidity in suggesting that we lack freedom because we are all required to show consideration for our fellow citizens and abide by public health measures to limit the spread of a killer virus. All they need to do is look at Russia where police immediately arrest demonstrators who oppose Putin’s war on Ukraine. I have to wonder how long any of the protesters in Ottawa carrying signs that said F**ck Trudeau would last in Moscow carrying placards saying F**ck Putin.
Stupidity is also demonstrated by their manifesto that the democratically elected Canadian government be disbanded and that they, the truckers, form a coalition with the Governor General and the Senate. The Governor General is an appointed figure head and the Senate is unelected. Both have no power. As one commentator pointed out, their mandate reads like a failed political science paper written by a grade nine student. They also believed that if they waved a white flag or sang O Canada, the police could not arrest them.
And then there is Putin who is trying to justify his invasion of Ukraine by claiming they are all Neo-Nazis. What he ignores is the fact that the president of Ukraine, Volodymir Zalenskyy, is Jewish. His grandfather fought in the Red Army during the second world war and he lost family in the Holocaust. If that isn’t chutzpah, what is?
I shudder to think what may come next.