Letter: What happened to our autonomy?



In 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville, historian and author of “Democracy in America,” wrote that the people were sovereign in America. All power was centered in the bosom of society and scarcely anyone would think of seeking it elsewhere.

The people ruled over the government, and the government ruled over corporations.

Today, the tables have turned. For example, if we in Washington passed a law requiring country-of-origin labels on meat, a distant corporation could veto our law. If this bothers you, let others know.

Don Steinke