I use lids on my pots to keep the frogs from jumping out but that's a nice analogy I'm sure I'll use somewhere one day.
As for golf or life something either is or isn't, you can't be a little pregnant or dead, you either follow the rules of golf or don't. Was there ever a time that it was acceptable for a few pro golfers to cheat?
You are giving me traditionalist arguments but not addressing the fact that for over 20 years the stroke was deemed to be a legal putting motion. Nothing inherent to the anchored putting stroke has changed over the last 20 years except for the number of people using it and the success professional golfers using an anchored stroke have enjoyed recently (especially in the Majors).
IMO the USGA needs to acknowledge it failed to do it's job in the past by not banning the anchored stroke when it was first used, which to date I have not heard them do. Otherwise they leave themselves open to the criticism they face today by those that want to see the rule overturned (which I do not but understand the frustration of those that do).
I agree 100%! As I've said many times (before the USGA told me what to think) anchored putting should have been banned as soon as the USGA noticed people doing it. Unfortunately history has shown us that organizations are usually very slow to react. Whether it's concussions in the NFL, implementation of head and neck restraints in NASCAR, or drivers that keep getting bigger and bigger (in golf...not NASCAR) it seems like the folks "at the top" just don't get what's happening until it's a bigger issue.
It's taken a growth in popularity for anchored putting to be considered a threat to the traditions of the game. Just as they realized that the seemingly endless increases in driver size was getting out of hand.
It's interesting to me that some of the people who argue for anchored putting use the argument that the game needs to be easier to get more young people interested in it. It makes me wonder how many people would opt for an easier game rather than put in the time and practice that it takes to actually get good at golf.
But all that aside, I share your opinion that the USGA needs to acknowledge that it should have seen this day coming years ago and stepped in sooner to ban what they apparently thought was an illegal stroke. It'd be nice to see ANYONE who is big enough to admit a blatant mistake. I'd also like to see them admit that they didn't stop the driver size increases soon enough and that they should have done it much sooner. It's ridiculous that a driver head cover is big enough to be used as a baby's ski-cap.