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“Enclosed is an invitation I received from the White House” 1978


James Earl Carter Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter

Letter to my sister

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On page two, I wrote: “Also, I have another painting. This one is of a boat house on Long Island. It is neat.”


This is the painting that hung in my office in 1978: Harry Gottleib’s Ice House.
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Exhibition Label
As workers like these knew well, it was cold, hard work filling the icehouses of upstate New York. In January 1934, artist Harry Gottlieb signed on with the PWAP and looked for American workers he could paint near his home in the artists’ colony of Woodstock, New York. He found these men harvesting ice off lakes and streams as local men had done every winter since the early 1800s. They sawed the thick layer of natural ice into long strips and then cut off large blocks. As Gottlieb’s painting shows, the red-faced workers dressed in warm coats used long hooks and wooden ramps to maneuver the slick, heavy ice into large commercial icehouses where they neatly stacked the blocks. Straw or sawdust packing minimized melting in warm weather. Throughout the year icehouses along the Hudson River stored ice that was shipped by train to New York City. Families and grocers put the ice into insulated iceboxes that kept food from spoiling. Artificial freezing dominated ice production after World War I, and then electric refrigerators became popular. When Gottlieb documented the natural ice business it was gradually melting away.
1934: A New Deal for Artists exhibition label
Title
Filling the Ice House
Artist
Harry Gottlieb
Date
1934
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
40 3/8 x 60 3/8 in. (102.5 x 153.4 cm)
Copyright
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor
Mediums
oil
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Painting
Keywords
New Deal – Public Works of Art Project – New York State
Figure group – male
Occupation – industry – ice cutting
Object Number
1964.1.19
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“I HAVE a secret to tell you. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall has mice in his office. In fact, there are mice all up and down the second floor at the U.S. Department of Labor building in Washington, D.C. I have mice in my office. There are mice in the offices of the staff. There are mice in the conference rooms. When the coal negotiations were taking place in what the papers called the “blue-curtained room down the hall from Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall’s office,” there were mouse traps.”
http://www.joelsolkoff.com/speechwriting-basics-how-to-apologize-without-saying-you-are-sorry/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heather Smith is the heroine of the Libertarian Disability Rights Movement

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Home of Antaeus Mobility

What a difference a year makes

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ON SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH AT 9:15 I WAS ARRESTED ON THE STREET WHERE I LIVE FOR TRYING TO GET TO SYNAGOGUE
http://www.joelsolkoff.com/on-august-11th-at-915-i-was-arrested-on-the-street-where-i-live-for-trying-to-get-to-synagogue/

 

 

 

 

 

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Defeat Rep. Tom Marino

In September 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Marino to serve as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (“drug czar”).[15][1] In October, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) called on Trump to withdraw Marino’s nomination.[20]Trump said he would “look into” reports about Marino, putting his nomination in question.[21] On October 17, 2017, Marino withdrew his nomination.[2]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Marino

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On Saturday August 11th at 9:15 I was arrested on the street where I live for trying to get to synagogue

PA Transportation Sec. Leslie Richards tramples my rights  & those of my 88 low-income disabled & elderly neighbors  to pray

Richards is  a liberal Democrat appointed by Governor Tom Wolf. for whom my friend Bonnie supported when she ran for office in Montgomery County, Never again.

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PA Secretary of Transportation Richards controls from afar (an hour 15 minute drive away) the  ability of 89 low-income elderly and disabled residents to leave and enter our de facto nursing home. Her remote control autocracy unconstitutionally prevents me from exercising my First Amendment righ to pray to God. That is not all. Sec. Richards has in effect created a ghetto separating our residence Addison Court from the daily lives of the rest of the Downtown State College Community. You have come to the right posting for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Form releasing me from jail on my own recognizance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The route to synagogue before Sec. Richards destroyed it

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How Sec. Richards prevented me from attending synagogue

From a regional office in Clearfield, a rural former coal mining town an hour and fifteen minute drive away from State College, Penn Dot administers the street on which I live ( and noteworthy its sidewalks). I filmed this video the week during  I was arrested.

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How my fellow Jews pray in the only synagogue I tried to pray open that August Sabbath

 

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Class B villain: State College Police Chief John Gardner

August 2016. Channel 6. WJAC.
STATE COLLEGE – After searching for a replacement for several months, the borough announced on Monday night that John Gardner will be the new police chief.Gardner has been the assistant chief for over 26 years. He is taking over for Tom King, who has been chief for the past 23 years. Gardner, who graduated from Philipsburg Osceola High School in 1974, was introduced on Tuesday during a news conference.He went on to study at Penn State, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Individual and Family Studies and he received his master’s degree in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chronology of my attempt to get arrested, my final success in getting arrested, my time in jail, my time at Mt. Nittany Medical Center while still under arrest, my appearance in Commonwealth Court, and my next appearance in Court for jury selection

I. Request to be arrested at 7 PM at the Monday August 8, 2018 Regular meeting of the Borough of State College. [ Footnote 1.]

Agenda V called for public comment for which I was given four minutes. In advance, I had passed out hard copy to all Borough Council members, staff, and understandably small audience. of this blog post:

FOR LOW-INCOME DISABLED AND ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN THE BOROUGH OF STATE COLLEGE, A STATE OF EMERGENCY EXISTS

In advance, I had arranged to show the Borough Council the 3 minute plus  video above filmed earlier that Monday showing that construction made it impossible given the traffic and absence of sidewalks (under repair) to synagogue on Saturday. I noted, reading this press release:

To: Mayor Donald Hahn, Borough Manager Tom Fontaine, Solicitor Terry Williams, Esq. and the unfit members of the State College Borough Council

From: Joel Solkoff, [email protected]

7 PM: Four minute praise of Mayor Hahn, Borough Manager Tom Fontaine, and denunciation of all members of the State College Borough Council (all of whom, sadly, are Democrats).

7:30: My arrest on Beaver Avenue between Allen and Pugh

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At 7:05, I scooted to the desk where Police Chief Gardner was sitting and politely asked him to arrest me.

Chief Gardner was less than polite telling me we could talk about it later and “work something out.” I insisted that I wanted to be arrested immediately. He said he was busy paying attention to the meeting. He may have been paying attention but he was certainly not usefully employed given that the next item (which was a waste of a police chief’s time) was: Petition to Vacate a portion of E Alley between Hill Alley and Prospect Avenue.

Clothed in politeness, I did not tell him what I thought. Instead, I said, “Don’t worry, I can find another police officer to arrest me.”

From the elevator, I scooted to the police office on the first floor of the Borough Hall to left of the Allen Street entrance where the expensive and unnecessary automatic doors for the mobility disabled are frequently broken.

The office for the police was closed. I drove my scooter two blocks away to Beaver Avenue–two blocks away–positioning myself slighty to the right of the Allen Street light and parked my scooter  [sadly not an Amigo Mobility brand] on the middle of the street.

There where several hours of daylight left. Cars, trucks, buses and vans honked and several angry motorists hurled curse words at me. I saw a police officer to the right a quarter block away speaking loudly asking him to arrest me before I made even more of a disturbance.

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Background/digression

I was born in New York City in 1947. From 1965 to 1969, I attended Columbia College at 116th Street and Broadway. Not once did I or any of my classmates ever check to see whether the traffic light was red or green when we crossed broadway to drink beer at the West End Bar and Restaurant.  Instead, if the traffic on Broadway was moving slowly we automatically stepped in front of slow moving cars which a sixth sense told us would stop if we stepped in front. In short, my world view was and ontinues to be distinctly different from Centre Country. Routinely, I take my motorized wheel chair across Beaver Avenue when it is safe enough often causing locals to freak out and yell when I cross safely but idiosyncratically.

By comparison, the vast majjority of my 89 neighbors at Addison Court–an eight story “independent living center”– have never been to New York City. My friends and neighbors often find themselves horrified to be living in Downtown State College. Downtown being the operative word.

About 20 of my neighbors never leave their beds let alone their apartments. They are cared for by an assortment of health care workers who receive minimum wage–most of whom do not have health insurance.  Most of these health care workers live outside the small confines of the Borough of State College which has a population of 45,000.  The Borough is politically dominated by Democrats who regard themselves as liberals. The Mayor has no political power. The power in the Borough resides in the hands of seven members of the Council whose incompetence is noteworthy. Ever the optimist, I assume that the Manhattanization of Downtown is a consequence of their laziness as surrounding the glorified low-income nursing home where I live is being taken over by the forces of Mammon.

Last year, a multi-storied Hyatt opened for business. On the Thursday before the blue and white football game, the Hyatt charged $450 for one night for a room. The attitude of the Borough mothers and fathers is that Addison Court is an inconvenience. When Beaver Avenue is not clogged with traffic especially during the evening rush hour, private cars rush by at speeds of 55 miles an hour despite the 25 mile an hour speed limit and which is not enforced and despite the presence of elderly and disabled pedestrians trying to cross. Afraid, my fellow residents– whose locomotion is dependent upon walkers, canes, and manual wheel chairs–all too often limit their outdoor excursions to sitting in the parking lot watching traffic.

I have begun an oral history project. Here is my friend and neighbor Scott Carter.

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Footnotes

  1. Meeting Agenda
    State College Borough Council
    Regular Meeting
    Monday, August 6, 2018
    7:00 p.m. http://www.statecollegepa.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_08062018-1420?html=true
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Health South Pleasant Gap, PA profits off my not getting well

We are the nation’s leading owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and a leader in home-based care
(home health and hospice), offering services in 36 states and Puerto Rico.

On July 10, 2017, we announced the plan to rebrand
and change our name from HealthSouth Corporation to Encompass Health Corporation. On October 20, 2017, our board of directors approved an amended and restated certificate of incorporation in order to change the name effective as of January 1, 2018.

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Courtesy of Francois Micheloud
The cartoon reads “One sees his (Uncle Sam’s) finish unless good government retakes the ship”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Along with the corporate name change, the NYSE ticker symbol for our common stock changed from “HLS” to “EHC.”

Our operations in both business segments will transition to the Encompass Health branding on a rolling basis. The rebranding is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
We were organized as a Delaware corporation in February 1984. Our principal executive offices currently are located at 3660 Grandview Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama 35243, and the telephone number of the principal executive offices is
(205) 967-7116. We anticipate relocating to newly constructed offices at 9001 Liberty Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama on
April 2, 2018.

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https://www.google.com/search?q=mark+tarr&rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS753US754&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_6fyaxdXdAhWxq1kKHQFgC-kQ_AUIDygC&biw=683&bih=313#imgrc=ISz60iekomJfOM:

 

 

 

 

 

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Our website address is www.encompasshealth.com.
In addition to the discussion here, we encourage the reader to review Item 1A, Risk Factors, Item 2, Properties, and
Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, which highlight additional
considerations about our company.

We manage our operations in two operating segments which are also our reportable segments: (1) inpatient
rehabilitation and (2) home health and hospice. The table below provides selected operating and financial data for our inpatient
rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. See Note 18, Segment Reporting, to the accompanying
consolidated financial statements for detailed financial information for each of our segments.

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(205) 967-7116
(Registrant’s telephone number)
HealthSouth Corporation
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Encompass10IK

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZjwnJePuUk

 

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These are the knowledgeable and dedicated physical therapists at Pleasant Gap’s Outpatient Therapy.
None of them receive stock options, adequate pay, proper working conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specifics

How this “for profit” hospital steals your tax dollars

Inpatient Rehabilitation
For the Year Ended December 31,
2017 2016 2015
Medicare 73.2% 73.3% 73.2%
Medicare Advantage 8.4% 7.7% 7.9%
Managed care 10.9% 11.2% 11.1%
Medicaid 3.1% 3.0% 2.5%
Other third-party payors 1.6% 1.8% 2.0%
Workers’ compensation 0.9% 1.0% 1.1%
Patients 0.6% 0.6% 0.7%
Other income 1.3% 1.4% 1.5%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Home Health and Hospice
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Mark J. Tarr, Chief Villon, President and Chief Executive Officer and Director Encompass Health

Your tax dollars at work

Mark J. Tarr

Executive Compensation

As President and Chief Executive Officer at ENCOMPASS HEALTH CORPMark J. Tarr made $4,934,183 in total compensation. Of this total $900,000 was received as a salary, $1,169,280 was received as a bonus, $540,238 was received in stock options, $2,277,744 was awarded as stock and $46,921 came from other types of compensation. This information is according to proxy statements filed for the 2017 fiscal year.

President and Chief Executive OfficerENCOMPASS HEALTH CORPView local and national averages forsalaries$4.9MILLION$900,000Base Pay$1,169,280Bonus + Non-EquityIncentive Comp$2,069,280Total Cash Comp$2,277,744Stock Award Value$540,238Option Award Value$2,817,982Total Equity$46,921Total Other$4,934,183 Total CompensationFiscal Year Ended in 2017

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Bloomberg profile

Mark J. Tarr

CEO, President & Director,Encompass Health Corporation
Age Total Calculated Compensation This person is connected to 10 board members in 1 different organizations across 5 different industries.

See Board Relationships

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Background*

Mr. Mark J. Tarr serves as President, Chief Executive Officer And Director of Encompass Health Corp. since December 29, 2016. Mr. Tarr serves as the Principal Executive Officer and President at HEALTHSOUTH Colorado Real Estate, LLC, HEALTHSOUTH Kansas Real Estate, LLC, HEALTHSOUTH Sea Pines Holdings, LLC and HEALTHSOUTH Arizona Real Estate, LLC. He served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Encompass Health Corporation since February 24, 2011 …

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Corporate Headquarters*

3660 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, Alabama 35243United States

Phone: 205-967-7116
Fax: —

Board Members Memberships*

2016-Present
CEO, President & Director

Education*

Bachelor’s Degree
Ball State University
MBA
Emory University-Goizueta Business School

Other Affiliations*

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Mark J. Tarr

CEO, President & Director,Encompass Health Corporation
Age Total Calculated Compensation This person is connected to 10 board members in 1 different organizations across 5 different industries.

See Board Relationships

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Background*

Mr. Mark J. Tarr serves as President, Chief Executive Officer And Director of Encompass Health Corp. since December 29, 2016. Mr. Tarr serves as the Principal Executive Officer and President at HEALTHSOUTH Colorado Real Estate, LLC, HEALTHSOUTH Kansas Real Estate, LLC, HEALTHSOUTH Sea Pines Holdings, LLC and HEALTHSOUTH Arizona Real Estate, LLC. He served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Encompass Health Corporation since February 24, 2011 …

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Corporate Headquarters*

3660 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, Alabama 35243United States

Phone: 205-967-7116
Fax: —

Board Members Memberships*

2016-Present
CEO, President & Director

Education*

Bachelor’s Degree
Ball State University
MBA
Emory University-Goizueta Business School

Other Affiliations*

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I will be back soon with more Encompass Health corporate infamy details

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke face off in first debate

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Coverage of Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke meeting for the first time to debate in the Texas Senate race. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews

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George Strait – Amarillo By Morning (Live From The Astrodome)

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To Curb Illegal Immigration, DHS Separating Families At The Border

Immigrants make their way towards the border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico.

Gregory Bull/AP

The Department of Homeland Security has undertaken its most extreme measure yet to discourage asylum seekers from coming to the U.S. — family separation.

A 39-year-old mother is named as Ms. L in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by the American Civil Liberties Union. Ms. L traveled with her 7-year-old daughter, named as S.S., from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Mexico. They surrendered to immigration agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry near San Diego in December and asked for asylum. They said they were fleeing violence in DRC.

The mother is being held in the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, Calif. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement; her daughter is 2,000 miles away at a youth shelter in Chicago run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. They are only able to speak by phone.

“When the daughter was taken, she (Ms. L) could hear her daughter in the next room, screaming, ‘Mommy, don’t let them take me!'” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

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Willie Nelson Talks Supporting Beto O’Rourke, Friendship With Frank Sinatra | The View

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Beto for Texas

https://betofortexas.com/

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Beto O’Rourke: We Don’t Need A Wall

Official campaign site for Beto O’Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas.

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Anita Hill 1991 Testimony

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlgAzQ8GJy0

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/09/17/anita-hills-claims-echo-in-allegations-against-kavanaugh-27-years-later-will-anything-be-different/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a5de03dceb68

 

 

 

 

 

NYT Bombshell op-ed: I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-05/trump-orders-nytimes-reveal-op-ed-source-national-security-purposes

 

 

 

 

 

Opinion

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

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President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

The result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.