Well, have a few drinks of your own and get ready to fight fire with fire, says a new website that can even help you do it. “Now’s your chance to tell your Representative what you really think of their actions.”
Drunk Dial Congress lets you randomly dial the phone numbers of congressional representatives, giving you avenue to voice your complaints to any and all of them.
The www.drunkdialcongress.org site invites you to enter your personal phone number. A return call from a toll-free number will confirm your desire to participate in the antics (“Is this government shutdown making you want to drink?” a slurring voice asks), then begin random dialing to congressional offices. When you get an answer, let ‘em have it.
Need a few more drinks before you’ll feel brave enough to drunk-dial? Then look over the recipes featured on the site for such mixology masterpieces as “The Bad Representative” or even “The Bloody Bastard.”
Want to partake in the prank but don’t know what to say when someone answers? Just borrow one of the talking points posted on Drunk Dial Congress: “my grandma can’t get her cancer treatment” and “why don’t you make yourself useful and at least mow the lawn?” are just two of the suggestions, which come complete with sources to backup your complaint.
And if you need additional suggestions for topics to discuss when drunk-dialing, then try the new F---You Congress, another website recently created in response to the shutdown.
For example: “A bunch of WW II Veterans needed to bust their way through a barricade to visit a memorial for their fellow soldiers in DC. A real f---ing bangup job there, Congress.”
This other site also helps you tweet your representative with messages like “Yes, it's seriously this bad. You've reduced us to publicly saying #F---YouCongress.”
The site’s founding organizations – Cultivated Wit and I Shot Him creative studios – offer the following explanation for their creation: “Right now, a few Republicans are willing to hurt millions of lives and risk the world economy while others in office pretend they are powerless. F---ing enough already.”
Drunk Dial Congress was just registered on October 6 by Revolution Messaging, a Washington, D.C. company that also creates mobile phone ads and video commercials. F--- You Congress was registered on October 3.
UPDATE: The founding organizations of F--- You Congress were previously misidentified. Common Cause, Sunlight Foundation and Rootstrikers are listed as resources that site visitors can explore for means "to make a difference."