Who speaks for you?
Power Line looks at how CAIR's American membership has declined 90% since 9/11 but the organization continues to thrive, largely on contributions from overseas. One thing that has always disturbed me about identity politics is that it was always possible for a small organization with large sources of funding and good media connections to "speak for" women, youth, environmentalists etc. when they were essentially shell organizations consisting largely of public relations people. Does CAIR represent the American Muslim on the street? Apparently not very much. But from its exposure in the headlines you would think it spoke for them all.
You can hide, but you can't run. Donald Sensing observes that the Palestinian Authority's mufti has issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslims, seeking a better life elsewhere,from leaving Palestine. "We hereby declare that emigration from the blessed lands is not permitted according to religious law."
The entire question of who "speaks" for a person lies at the center of the democratic ideal. The normal answer is that you speak for yourself through your ballot. But the possession of a bully pulpit can diminish that somewhat.