"Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean people aren't out to get you." That old psychiatric-couch gag needs a makeover to address the seemingly endless supply of political actors and activists whose personal shortcomings obscure whatever merit their message might have. Glenn Beck may be a charlatan with a messiah complex, but that doesn't mean the country isn't angry. The latest Hollywood hero, Jack Kevorkian, may be an A-list creep, but there should still be death with dignity. Which brings us to the pathetic case of James J. Lee, shot dead by Montgomery County, Md., police this week as he held two Discovery Channel employees hostage. The obviously troubled Lee's tipping point was apparently Discovery's broadcast of shows like Jon and Kate plus Eight and 19 Kids and Counting, which ran counter to his stated preference for programs "encouraging human sterilization and infertility." Maybe there's no real lesson from this sad case, in which authorities literally had to kill the messenger. But that doesn't mean the country's apparently bottomless appetite for voyeurism, limit-stretching and entertainment which promotes absurdly large families isn't troubling.
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