“We need a leader; we need a leader,” the professor from Yale pleaded. Who am I, a product of middle western, public (and in full disclosure — some parochial) education to say, “We need a leader.”? But even the Ivy League, the best and the brightest, say, “We need a leader.” Oh, wait, wasn’t it Ken- nedy’s “best and brightest,” who got us into the quagmire of Vietnam when the quagmired French told us, “Don’t do it. You need a leader.”? And Kennedy listen- ed and then took a bullet (I was just turning the corner from Halsted onto 144th Street that dark day in 1963.) near a knoll in Dallas and the hayseed from a Texas teacher’s college was sworn in on an airplane and listened to “the best and the brightest” instead of himself and the protesters shouted, “We need a leader,” and their voices echo today, when in forty-some days we will have a leader — educated at a state university, a public school of American higher education — educated as a leader in the great and wonderful way we (thanks to the 2020 Presidential election) still have today — in the democratic republic. But in all honesty, the Ivy League does sometimes gets it right, like the time Harvard beat Yale at something when no one was watching.