The Farmer and the Stork is one of Aesop’s fables — a story that tells of a farmer who plants traps in his field to catch the cranes and geese that are stealing the seeds he has sown. After discovering that he trapped a stork, he listens to the bird’s plea to be spared because it is harmless and has taken no part in the theft. The farmer tells the stork that since it has been caught in the company of thieves, it must suffer the same fate. The moral of the story is that associating with bad companions will lead to bad consequences.
If you wanted to see a current day example of the truths found in this story, look no further than Terry McAuliffe.
The Democrat governor of the state of Virginia–the man Mark Levin refers to as Hillary Clinton’s “bag man” for his role in collecting and distributing money from questionable sources on behalf of the Clinton Global Initiative where he a board member–is under investigation by the FBI and the public integrity unit of the Justice Department.
Justice Department and public integrity? Talk about a contradiction of terms.
The investigation is focusing in part on whether McAuliffe accepted illegal contributions of up to $160,000 to his gubernatorial campaign from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang, and who happened to donate $2 million to the Clinton Global Initiative. While the McAuliffe administration naturally claims no impropriety, questions remain about whether-or-not Wang is a foreign national. If he is, his contribution to McAuliffe would be illegal under the law.
It should be mentioned that in 2014, former Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted of corruption charges involving $175,000 in loans and gifts he received from a donor and friend. And this isn’t the first time that Clinton and illegal fundraising were mentioned together.
But the Clinton loyalist is facing another legal challenge. This time he is being sued for his Obama-esque executive order restoring voting rights to hundreds of thousands of felons–also known as Democrats–in violation of the Virginia Constitution.
“Governor McAuliffe’s executive order defies the plain text of the Constitution, flouts the separation of powers, and has no precedent in the annals of Virginia history. The governor may not, with the stroke of a pen, unilaterally suspend and amend the Constitution,” lawyers stated in the suit.
Of course, McAuliffe denies any wrongdoing in this case as well. And staying with his Obama persona, he defended his actions by calling those who disagrees with him racists for trying to preserve “a policy of disenfranchisement” that predominantly impacts African- Americans. He concluded by saying:
“This is simply the latest Republican attack on the voting rights of qualified Virginians who deserve a voice in their society, and we will oppose it vigorously.”
My… how noble.
By the way, the Washington Post is reporting that McAuliffe’s order restoring the right to vote is making it possible, and much easier, for these felons to have their gun rights restored. An interesting consequence considering recent attempts in Virginia to restrict gun rights.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” David is also a contributor to RedState.com.
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