Rep. Mark Buesgens wrote a fantastic letter to his constituents that talked about the caucus system in the legislature and our modern party system. In part, he wrote the following:
On big issues, a legislative caucus more often than not uses the powerful tool of peer pressure over intellectual debate to force its will on members. Through guilt or obligation, it often gets them to vote in ways that the individual’s reason tells them they should not. Words like “team” and “family” are paramount to words such as “principles” and “values.