"In the City of Bellingham, Arthur Thomas is being charged with the crime of washing his car. Many other cities and counties in Washington State have passed similar ordinances or codes under pressure from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The goals of the ordinances are to punish citizens for washing their cars because it might pollute the environment. It is also convenient revenue collection. It is the overcriminalization of normal human activity like this that leads us to recognize that we are no longer living like "we the people," but have instead become "we the governed."
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