"The "phantasmagoric politics" of Washington DC often produce hallucinatory effects:
[A]lmost every time I travel there . . . something comes over me. Inside the Beltway, talk can give off the illusion of action. The mouthing of words, however powerful on the printed page or eloquent when spoken, is seen . . . as equivalent to progress.
During my latest trip, however, a hopeful, reality-based euphoria replaced the usual "illusion of action," as I attended a National Strategy Session on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) held Dec. 4 and 5 and sponsored by ForgingConsensus.org. For the first time in ages, conservatives and progressives joined together in candid and helpful conversation.
Representatives from national religious organizations, law enforcement and commerce ("Bibles, Badges and Business") spoke eloquently about the urgency to enact CIR and offered common-sense wisdom that acknowledged just how surreal our immigration policies have become." - Angelo A. Paparelli, Dec. 9, 2012.