Monday, April 30, 2012

Mr. Irrelevant

Mr. Irrelevant of 2012 is Chandler Harnish.  Now, for all of you out there that aren’t uber-sporty (like me), the prestigious title of Mr. Irrelevant is bequeathed upon the very last player picked in the NFL draft each year.

This year, Mr. Irrelevant officially became an Indianapolis Colt; so Hoosiers definitely haven’t heard the last of this Northern Illinois quarterback.
But, all of this talk about being irrelevant got me to thinking.  Is it really irrelevant to be the last one picked?  Seems like the very last one picked in the draft would be knighted Mr. Lucky or Mr. Getting-a-fat-paycheck.  Maybe even Mr. ThankGoodness, but not Mr. Irrelevant.  That title should be saved for the first one not picked, right?

Well, maybe not.  In the recently published 2011 Indiana Civic  Health Index, it states that Indiana ranked 48th in voter turnout among citizens (age 18+) in 2010, with a turnout rate of 39.4%, six percentage points lower than the national average of 45.5%. 

Just so I’m clear here…Out of 50 states, Indiana ranks 48th in voter turnout.  48th!  The last I heard, Indiana is still part of the land of the free and the home of the brave.  And part of that freedom is the right to vote. 
So the question begs to be asked, “Who will be Mr. Irrelevant in the elections to be held next Tuesday, May 8th or even the next presidential election or the one after that?”

That one is actually an easy one to answer.  Mr. Irrelevant is always the one who doesn’t vote.
So, do your civic duty and go vote next Tuesday.  And, if you’re not registered yet, do it now.  A vote is a terrible thing to waste.

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