A must-read recollection of the civil rights movement. “The dignity of participants, two-thirds black, one-third white, according to a sample counted by the Washington Post, was matched by the rhetoric from the podium, which resonated with patriotism and measured moral indignation.”

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The Capitol (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Obamacare’s schedule is revised again. “The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified insurance companies on Tuesday that it would not sign final agreements with the plans between September 5 and 9, as originally anticipated, but would wait until mid-September instead, according to insurance industry sources.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner repeated the call for the president to explain what he is actually doing. “Now, having again determined your red line has been crossed, should a decisive response involve the use of the United States military, it is essential that you provide a clear, unambiguous explanation of how military action – which is a means, not a policy – will secure U.S. objectives and how it fits into your overall
policy.  I respectfully request that you, as our country’s commander-in-chief, personally make the case to the American people and Congress for how potential military action will secure American national security interests, preserve America’s credibility, deter the future use of chemical weapons, and, critically, be a part of our broader policy and
strategy.”

Conservatives must be reminded frequently how important it is to appeal to non-Republicans. “‘Having conservative talk radio hosts Mark Levin or Rush Limbaugh host debates would be “not useful,” [Grover] Norquist told The Hill. Talk radio hosts, he said, are  primarily entertainers who would draw attention away from the candidates  themselves.  He also said the radio hosts, despite their popularity, did not necessarily  represent the Republican mainstream. He pointed toward immigration reform as an  example, saying that while [Mark] Levin opposes comprehensive immigration reform  fiercely, polls show most Republicans are amenable to it.”

Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton rebuffed halfhearted action, asking, “If we were going to respond, why respond proportionately? Why not respond disproportionately? … I think [Iranian President Hassan] Rowhani will see this if it plays out that way as an act of weakness by the Obama administration.” Exactly.

MSNBC execs will be remembered as the folks who destroyed whatever was left of the NBC/MSNBC news organization. “Chris Matthews said Wednesday that opposition to President Obama is racially motivated, but that the president’s opponents cloak their racism in other objections.” Maybe this is why MSNBC’s ratings are plummeting.

Bill Clinton revisited the civil rights movement much more effectively than did the president yesterday. “Read a little history; it’s nothing new. Yes, there remain racial inequalities in employment, income, health, wealth, incarceration, and in the victims and perpetrators of violent crime. But we don’t face beatings, lynchings and shootings for our political beliefs anymore. And I would respectfully suggest that Martin Luther King did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock. It is time to stop complaining and put our shoulders against the stubborn gates holding the American people back.” If nothing else, Clinton is highly entertaining.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.