"There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.” ~H.L. Mencken
There are many reasons to garnish a drink, some not to do so, and plenty of why to or not to go overboard doing so. In many of these cases, especially the Martini, the cocktail takes on an almost religious fervor as to the correct way it should be delivered.