“The slavish copying of one person’s actions by another; as, party members who vote in lockstep with the leadership.” Voting can indicate that control is extreme. Normally, in an assembly the size of congress, some of those voting will have personal views that differ. Lockstep Voting can infer that valuable promises have been made to Oligarchs who will punish violations.
Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)