Drunk Dial Congress is the brainchild of Pres. Obama's 2008 presidential social media campaign, and Scott Goodstein is encouraging voters to target congressmen with hostility and hateful rhetoric about the partial government shutdown while intoxicated, going so far as to supply the words if they can't think of any, and even dialing the numbers for them once they put in their own phone number, according to the Daily News on Oct. 10.
Threatening government officials, even with hate speech over the phone is no light matter, so it is odd that this prior presidential campaign employee of Pres. Obamas would encourage such open forms of aggression. In fact, it is a Class C or Class D felony to threaten government officials like senators and representatives.
Annoying a cop in New York became a potential crime when the senate in that state introduced a bill to address hostility towards members of law enforcement. And each state has books on the law to deal with those who use telephones to harass others. So citizens would be wise to avoid the new social tool of letting off steam during the partial government shutdown.
Maybe a better use of a voters time would be to choose to search for alternate work, like one federal employee is doing since he and his wife, both federal employees, received halved paychecks on Friday and will have no paycheck coming in next week at all.