So if I understand correctly, what you are saying, Champ, is onsight lead attempt from the ground up every time is the only way to adhere to your "trad ethics". of 'trad ethics', whatever that is.
There I said it. Blasphemy perhaps so flame away!!
No. What I said is: it is not because you climb with natural protection that you have a trad ethic!!!
In other terms: if you are a painter, you can be proud to paint a house and every body will be amaze by the decoration. it is a full job very motivating.
If you know how to make concrete, woods to make floor and roof, plumbing, electricity, painting...you can built a house.
A painter will do three houses in the same time as the other will built one house.
What you said is: because a painter take a hammer in his hands he can say that he built a house!!!
True sport climber as like a painter: Lots of style, stamina and skill in climbing technique. They take a stopper and they claim that they are trad!!!
Skill to place protection, skill to keep there nerve low, skill to evluate the weather (when I began to climb, forecast was not trustable in mountain), skill to evaluate the progression of the party on the cliff, skill to evaluate the danger, skill to save your leader if he was injure in a fall,
Trad climber admit that you create a new style and that it is rewarding. One bad side is, today, when you tell what it really happened in an accident, the family think that you insult them and they don't want that accident in north american mountaineering published the reason of the accident. They think that a painter can built a house, and when they see that it is two kind of expertise...they don't understand.
In my opinion, you are creating people who think that they are good without training different skill. The story of the bear at half dome with the 12 years old girl is very caracteristic of a person talking about some think that he don't know (biology of bears) and trying to make people react against a futur very good trad climber.