Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Most Friday nights people head on over to Jimmy’s Old Time Tavern to take in the “local flavor” according to the bloated heavy text website “Virginia Living” just beggin’ y’all to come see this little suburb of D.C.

Before one considers this fun little jaunt, reflection upon how Virgina’s obscure little rules concerning Tavern behavior might affect the patrons and employees is in order.

1. You might be pulled out of Jimmy’s to prove your sobriety at whim. Apparently this popular practice began in 2003. After all, pulling patrons out of a Tavern looking for someone intoxicated instead of actually following them on the highway where they might be driving drunk is such a good plan.

As the designated driver in her dinner party, Pat Habib was careful to consume no more than one alcoholic drink and follow it up with two sodas.

So she was shocked when a police officer singled her out of the crowd at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon and asked her to step outside to prove her sobriety. After she ran through the alphabet without pause, the Fairfax County police officer let her go and explained police had received a complaint about an unruly blond woman matching her description. Then she watched as police tested other women looking nothing like her.

“I could see it if they wanted to prevent you from getting into a car, but they didn’t even ask me if I was driving,” Habib said.

2. Now Two fire-breathing bartenders face up to 45 years in prison each for performing flaming bar tricks. Never mind that these individuals have been doing this for 13 years, never received a warning letter that this was illegal, and it has been common knowledge that this is “Standard Operating Procedure” for a Friday night.

Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern bartenders have performed the fire-breathing act for 13 years, at first doing the tricks on special occasions like birthdays or to honor a fallen fireman, police officer or soldier, Cirrito said. By 1999, the fire-breathing bartenders had become a Friday midnight tradition, he said. The bar uses the fire-breathing bartenders on its advertisements.

Cirrito said an investigator told him that the marshals received a letter in the mail with a photo taken of a previous performance at the bar.

Cirrito said he has never received a warning from the fire marshals, and he would have stopped if marshals had given him a warning.

“But I don’t think we’ve done anything wrong,” he said. “There’s a lot of fire in restaurants. I’ve been served flaming desserts, I’ve roasted marshmallows on tables, I’ve seen 75 candles and sparklers on cakes, and I’ve seen bartenders perform the tricks coast-to-coast and no one’s been arrested.”

Three Felony charges? Ridiculous!

Why my recent tirades on the insanity of our Legal and Legislative systems recently? Why not postulate on the “larger” issues? Because if the American Public has been willing to allow the thievery of our small individual rights, when forced change for the “Collective Good” comes slithering down the pipeline – we’ve set ourselves up for subservience to whichever political power is in office at the time.

While not one of my favorite authors, if one turns back to the 1950’s when most Americans were sitting down to their new T.V. dinners Ayn Rand could see what Political movement was being drafted for our Society. The warnings are plainly clear in her writings.

“Did you really think we want those laws observed? said Dr. Ferris. We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

The only question left is will the American Public choke on the chains of Collectivism while sucking on the teat of tyranny – or will we “Go Galt“.