By John J. Duncan Jr.

The most recent NBC poll has very bad news for Joe Biden. And, as the parent of leftwing MSNBC, NBC’s polls are usually more favorable to the Democrats than most other polls.

The NBC News report was headlined “Biden’s job approval falls to lowest level of his presidency amid war and inflations fears.”

The lead paragraph read: “Amid Europe’s largest land war since World War II, 7 in 10 Americans expressed low confidence in President Joe Biden’s ability to deal with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a new NBC poll, and 8 in 10 voiced worries that the war will increase gas prices and possibly involve nuclear weapons.”

The March 27 report by NBC reporter Mark Murray added: “And during the Nation’s largest inflation spike in 40 years, overwhelming majorities said they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and disapproved the president’s handling of the economy.”

I certainly hope the report is wrong in saying gas prices may be headed even higher. At over $4.00 a gallon here and even higher in many other states, gas is already too high.

When President Trump left office, this nation was energy independent and the national average of gas prices was a little over $2.00 and slightly less in East Tennessee.

I know that millions had an irrational hatred for Trump, but he and his team had actually lowered gas prices, had inflation under control, and was slowing the flood of illegal immigrants coming across our southern border.

And Vladimir Putin had not even threatened to invade Ukraine because he knew Trump was not going to expand NATO to Russia’s borders.

I took almost all my electives at UT in history and could have gotten a degree in that subject if I had been in the college of liberal arts. Most of my reading today is in history and current events.

I wrote in my Focus column last August 29th that “I have never seen, heard or read about a president who has done as much damage to this country in as short a time as Joe Biden has.”

I can write that more emphatically today. He campaigned as a likeable moderate. He has governed as a radical leftist and at times has even been hateful at it, such as comparing his opponents to the rabid segregationist Bull Conner and at least implying that those who had refused the covid vaccine should be denied medical treatment.

The same day the Drudge Report carried the story about the NBC poll, it also had a story about Manhattan losing almost seven percent of its population from April 2020 to July 2021, according to the U.S, Census Bureau.

The combined metropolitan area of New York, Newark, and Jersey City lost almost 385,000 in that period.

Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco ran a very close second to Manhattan in population loss, being one and two in the loser category among all the nation’s cities.

If our nation’s college and university professors were fair and honest, they would tell their students how people are fleeing blue, Democrat-run cities and states, but instead they seem to be brainwashing them toward socialism.

A few days ago, it was reported that 50% of the home sales in Knox County over that last 12 months have been to people from out-of-state. That is true, too, of the counties that touch on Knox County.

My mother moved here from Iowa many years ago after she finished college. It was probably very unusual then. However, over the last 50 years or so, the Knoxville area has been one of the most popular areas to move to in the whole country.

I am glad we let people move in, or I wouldn’t be here myself. However, I have heard many, many people say over the last few years that they hope these newcomers are not Democrats who will vote to bring the high taxes, crime, and social problems like the blue, liberal-run cities and states from which they fled.

They hope liberals will not “Californialize” Tennessee.